Can — or should — an exorcism be done for the United States, as was done in Mexico this past May?
That’s a question posed by the National Catholic Register at Does the US Need a Nationwide Exorcism? | Daily News | NCRegister.com.
Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, performed the rite, together with priests from across Mexico, at the Cathedral of San Luis Potosí in a closed-door ceremony. The purpose: to drive away the evil responsible for skyrocketing violence, abortion and drugs in that predominantly-Catholic nation.
Such “exorcisms … have helped bring awareness that there is such a thing as sin influenced by Satan,” said Msgr. John Esseff, a priest for 62 years in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., and an exorcist for more than 35 years.
“The devil has much to do with [influencing people in] breaking the law of God,” he said.
But an exorcism over the United States is unlikely, according to Msgr. Esseff.
Instead, he said such action can be done diocese by diocese, and he encourages each bishop to do so.
(Editor’s note: It’s an interesting question. I would say the U.S. needs a revival. We as a church need to repent of our sins and live a more godly life to attract others to Christ. I include my self in that observation…I am a sinner, once broken but saved by God the Father’s grace through His son, Jesus Christ, my Lord.)