Of course, the incident that triggered the atheists’ outburst wasn’t even an exorcism:
While there was no formal exorcism ritual performed, the priest blessed the man, saying he belonged to the good side, to Jesus. That seemed to help.
But for the New Atheists, any help must be non-religious help. Otherwise ban it.
Nick Donnelly writes:
First, obviously these Canadian humanists don’t know what their talking about. The Catholic Church has strict rules about exorcisms, one being that there is the presumption that the disturbed behaviour is caused by a psychiatric condition. Medical advice is sought from the start. Another presumption is that it’s a fraud. Once these have been investigated and discounted, only then does the Church look for signs of demon possession.
Second, just as the Humanists discount the existence of God, they also discount the existence of Satan, so it’s hardly surprising that their not open to the reality of possession.
Third, demands that the Catholic Church be banned from performing exorcisms is yet another example of secularists attempting to remove our religious freedom. It’s clear that their overall goal is to reduce the Church to a state-controlled institution as a means to destroy her. Their presumption and arrogance is revealed in the sentence, “They’re obviously not regulated by any real authority, and we don’t quite know what they’re doing.”