This has to be one of the stupidest idea I’ve come across in a long time. And the UK Daily Mail‘s inept, sensationalist reporting of the story only makes things worse:
‘We’re not like normal teenagers': Meet the exorcist schoolgirls who spend their time casting out DEMONS around the world
# Brynne Larson, 16, is one of many newly-qualified teenage demon slayers
# Reverend Bob Larson of Spiritual Freedom Churches runs exorcist school
# No set protocol for exorcisms but girls carry a Bible, holy water and a cross
How you can combine the words “qualified”, “teenage”, and “demon slayers” in the same sentence escapes me. I’m hoping the Daily Mail is just having some fun with this.
And that’s precisely the problem, because exorcism isn’t child’s play. It’s deathly serious.
But I can’t force myself to turn away from this train wreck. So here goes:
But the textbooks are Bibles and the girls all have crosses instead of protractors, as they train to become exorcists – real exorcists who fight demons, curses and evil spells.
‘People do look a bit surprised when I arrive,’ admits graduate exorcist Brynne Larson. ‘When people call for an exorcist, they don’t picture a 16-year-old high school girl.’
NO KIDDING. I’d be concerned too! (I should say this up front – if you think you have a need for an exorcist, call your local diocese ASAP).
But Brynne, from Phoenix, Arizona, is one of a new breed of qualified teenage demon slayers, who answered a call when the Church made the admission of there being a worldwide exorcist shortage.
But despite drastic efforts, supply has still not met demand for the controversial ceremony.
“The Church” of course actually refers to the Catholic Church – i.e., the Church founded by Christ and invested with the spiritual authority to cast out demons in His name. When the Church says we need more exorcists – they weren’t calling for an influx of teenage girls led by an opportunistic protestant:
So if the forces of darkness start getting the upper hand, who should you call? Evangelist Reverend Bob Larson of Spiritual Freedom Churches International – and his remarkable school for exorcists.‘Think of it more of an exorcist franchise,’ Rev Larson tells MailOnline exclusively.
‘Our phone lines are ringing constantly – we receive up to 1,000 individual requests monthly, and we travel to countries like Africa, Ukraine, England and even Australia.’
‘We have found that our female, teenage exorcists are particularly effective at curing the possessed,’ says Rev Larson, whose daughter Brynne is a supernaturally talented exorcist.
There’s nothing in my understanding of demonic possession and the Church’s exorcism ministry that suggests teenage girls should be sent into circumstances of possible demonic possession or oppression. In fact it seems to invite more harm.
It’s hard for me to even take this all seriously, but the Daily Mail article does stake a claim (sorry, I couldn’t resist) that this phenomenon (I mean of this international protestant exorcism ministry) is real.
Maybe the only way to conclude this — besides praying for the people mentioned in this story and hoping that more people become aware of the Church’s actual exorcism ministry — is to let the Taiwanese news animators have the last word: