Exorcism demand in America is surging due to porn, drug, and pagan activities

The demand for exorcism in the United States has surged in the last 10 years, and exorcists are quickly finding it hard to keep up with this demand.

In the last decade, the number of official exorcists has jumped from 12 to 50. In an interview with The Telegraph, Fr. Gary Thomas and Fr. Vincent Lampert — two of the most active exorcists in America — said the rise in the demand for exorcism in the country can be attributed to drug and pornography addiction, popularity of Ouija boards and other pagan activities, and the failure of the mental healthcare system.

(Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga)Irma Beatriz, 46, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes Cifuentes in La Cumbre, Valle, Colombia, July 7, 2012.

Exorcists' names were previously kept secret, but now the priests' contact details can already be sourced from the internet. In the past, it was considered taboo for priests to talk about Satan like he exists in real life, but that changed in 2004 when Pope John Paul II declared that occult and New Age activity in Europe has spiraled out of control, opening the gates to demonic attachment and possession.

For Fr. Lampert of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, it is not the Church that demands more of the Rite, but people themselves. He also highlighted the expanding spiritual void in Americans' lives, which contribute to the increasing requests for exorcism.

"We're gaining all sorts of knowledge, but there's still that emptiness within us that is being filled with addictive behaviour such as drugs and pornography," said Fr. Lampert. "There's a line in the Old Testament that says when one grows in knowledge one also grows in despair. The decline in faith goes hand in hand with the rise in evil."

Fr. Thomas, on the other hand, says almost all of his free nights are eaten up by requests for exorcisms, including from Turkey, India, Africa, and other places outside of the United States.

In a separate interview with Beliefnet, Fr. Thomas warned that people should always be vigilant in their battle against Satan. He said the devil is always on the lookout for people who are into broken relationships or have no relationships at all.

Fr. Thomas also cautioned that being a Catholic or being baptized is no guarantee against demonic problem. He mentioned that some people can function normally until they enter a church or a sacred place where they begin to show signs of being "sick." The priest said it is his team's role to discern if there is a psychological problem or something beyond that.