Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Big Questions: Does The Devil Exist?

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Aired March 21, 2010 on BBC One
From Times Online:
Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican", according to the Holy See's chief exorcist.

Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".

He added: "When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia."
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(Thanks to TreVelocita)


  1. I can always count on Big Questions for my weekly face palm.


    Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...

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    atheists deny their own life element...

  3. That woman did a great job, not easy beeing the only rational person in that crowd

  4. i wonder how stupid and ignorant people can be ....... so sad ....

  5. Your assertion appears completely unsupported by the link provided.

  6. Big Questions counts towards BBC's religious output, and as such, atheist commentary is limited (after all, religious debate would hardly get off the ground if every time they firstly had to prove the religion was even true in the first place).

    Aww, that kid who so eloquently spoke about how exorcism was abuse was adorable, but then that exorcist bloke called him "absolutely outrageous" :D

    It's a shame probably the most important argument: "your anecdotes are merely that - anecdotes" got no response. 

  7. Darabos Edvárd KonrádMarch 22, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    Good and evil. Childish conceptions.

    Selfishness, behavioral sideproducts, malfunction, damage, forced course, culture, ...

  8. I waited in vain to hear somebody ask these people if the Devil is defeated why can he still possess anyone?
    The exorcist of course has a vested interest in people believing this nonsense.

  9. Next week...  Should we fear the tooth fairy?  Does anyone else feel like they are watching infants?

  10. Father Amorth has been the chief exorcist for the past quarter century? The devil's at work in the Vatican? How did the exterminator's house become infested with roaches? Seems to me the good padre needs to take some remedial exorcism courses.  

  11. That smart woman looks like a witch to me........ Tabitha from 60s Tv show Bewitched.

    The exorcist is a deluded buffoon.

  12. My thoughts exactly! 

  13. I'm an American and I never knew that about he show (that it is billed as being a religious show to fill a religious requirement).  That explains a lot about it's stupid-friendly format.  Every time I've seen excerpts from it I got the impression that the format of the show is designed to *prevent* coherency in the debate. - having 3 main guest speakers, and 5 other panelists on the side, and a host that won't let any of them answer any of the questions put to them, means it's not really a debate at all.  It's a collection of 8 different short soliloquies of a few minutes each.  The format tends to give protection and encouragement to those willing to make bald-faced assertions out of thin air by protecting them from counterargument. 

    It's exactly what you would want to do if you wanted to design a format meant to make religious people come out looking good.

  14. R€LIGION $TINKS OF MONE¥March 23, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I can´t believe that they are broadcasting this kind of crap on a public service station.
    This sort of debate belongs within some church society club. 

    Clearly many of them came across as complete charlatans, the last one looked like
    he was about to laugh.