Catholic markets in everything not all magazines are folding

With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world’s first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil.

“The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling,” Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist told reporters in Warsaw at the Monday launch of the Egzorcysta monthly.

Ironically, he attributed the rise in demonic possessions in what remains one of Europe’s most devoutly Catholic nations partly to the switch from atheist communism to free market capitalism in 1989.

“It’s indirectly due to changes in the system: capitalism creates more opportunities to do business in the area of occultism. Fortune telling has even been categorised as employment for taxation,” Posacki told AFP.

Here is more, via Bookslut.

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Kewl. Between this and Roosh's recently-released "Bang Poland" I'mathink a trip is in order.

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This isn't exactly a Polish phenomenon. Pope John Paul II established a requirement for every diocese in the world to have at least one active exorcist, and the program has grown under Benedict.

After all, there was a convention in southern California less than two weeks ago drawing something like 9000 people which focused largely on exorcism. See http://www.the-tidings.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2582

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"...capitalism creates more opportunities to do business in the area of occultism. Fortune telling has even been categorised as employment for taxation."

Sure. Other garbage that people wish to pay for is taxed, too.

The church's stance is that dealing with the occult opens up the door for possession.

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fortune telling for pay was illegal under the soviets.

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Oh, those Catholics. Henry VIII did the right thing. So did Joseph II, the Austrian emperor who disposessed much of the Church property, but he did it only halfway.

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