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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, 11:19 AM
German Catholics bring back exorcism

The ritual of exorcism, abandoned by Catholic bishops in Germany for more than 30 years after the starving to death of a girl who underwent repeated exorcisms, may be undergoing a revival.

The Archdiocese of Paderborn in the German state of North Rhine-Westfalia said on Monday that church officials had commissioned three exorcisms in the past eight years, most recently in 2003.

"It's a plea to God for help," archdiocese spokesman Ägidius Engel told German news agency DPA, saying that the people affected were "people experiencing the deepest of spiritual suffering."

Engel told DPA that church officials commisioned exorcisms - a ritual to drive out evil spirits - only after examination by pastoral counselors and psychiatrists had found the affected people to be free of mental illness. Paderborn officials received 18 serious requests since 1999 for exorcism from people who believed themselves to be possessed by the devil, he said.

"It is a normal, but rare event," Engel told DPA, adding that church officials required a doctor to be present. "In such difficult cases we can only become involved with medical assistance."

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Exorcism in the 21st century... Crazy. :o