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Anthony Barrick wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I was wondering, if a priest has to get permission from his bishop in order to conduct an exorcism, are all bishops automatically authorized to perform exorcisms?
  • If so, does the bishop have to get anyone's permission if he, himself, needs to perform an exorcism?
Anthony
  { If a priest has to get permission from his bishop to conduct an exorcism, does the bishop? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Anthony —

The answer is yes, bishops are authorized to perform exorcisms, and no, they needn't get permission from anyone else.

Nevertheless, it would be rare for a bishop to do one because they are generally not experts in it and don't attend to pastoral matters. Perhaps they might do one in an emergency, if they were familiar with the rite and felt competent, but that seems quite unlikely.

Eric

Mike replied:

Hi, Anthony —

I can't add much to my colleague's answer.

I have heard via EWTN, within the past 6 months, Pope Benedict at the Vatican has promoted the education of exorcists; giving formal classes on the subject to priests who have an interest in being one.

Mike

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