Here’s an idea… require all students at Catholic schools to attend a course taught by an exorcist.
Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
A publically funded college [!] in Spain has told students that it is compulsory to attend a course given by a priest who is an expert in exorcisms.
The University College of Barberán and Collán (Colegio Mayor Universitario Barberán y Collán) is connected to the public research institute Complutense University of Madrid, and is also funded by Spain’s Defence Ministry. [As I sit here in The Cupboard Under The Stairs I have images of Defense Against The Dark Arts classes.]
But some of its curriculum doesn’t seem quite typical of a publicly-funded institute.
The college is requiring its 196 students – who are all members of military families – to attend a theological conference focused on “the fields related to the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell”, according to newspaper El Diario.
A woman who answered the phone at the college told The Local that there was seminar about exorcism, but could not immediately confirm other details.
The seminar called “The Evil” is set to take place on Thursday evening and will be led by Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, author of such works as “Summa dæmoniaca” – a treatise on demonology which includes a manual for exorcists.
So… this is at a secular school getting public funding from the military in Spain.
How ’bout this in Catholic schools?
This could be “New Evangelization” with an edge.
I suspect it would drive a lot of students to confession and attendance at the Traditional Mass of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, along with an increase in devotions. On the other hand, these dark things can something have an allure that might draw the unwary into bad things. After all, the modern entertainment industry has turned spiritual evil into a punch line and the modern education system has turn our young people into a bunch of dopes.
So… what could go wrong?
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