In 2001, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the maximum Vatican authority after the Pope - issued a canonical law which forbids any video, audio or photo recording of the rite of exorcism that had just been updated. Any recoverd is prohibited: before, during and after the sacred ceremonial. This choice, by his words was taken to end the abuse of the media in such dramatic situations that involve desperate people that do not respond to their own actions during the exorcism. In addition, some pseudo-exorcist without any notification (Every exorcism has to be notified to the bishop) and without any competence in the field have caused irreparable damages to the victims by exposing their problem to the public.. By this law emulation and suggestion phenomena are avoided and privacy is guaranteed to the people involved. Furthermore, this rule restored sacredness to the rite of major exorcism. This rite is in fact only a public prayer of the Church that involves the whole authority of the Church that invokes the name of Jesus to set free one person, an objecy, a place or an animal from the power of the Evil.

  • Stacks Image 102


Long term project 2013 - ongoing

La Stampa (single image)

Phodar Biennal Sofia

Phodar Biennal Sofia
Associazione Aurea

This website or its third-party tools process personal data (e.g. browsing data or IP addresses) and use cookies or other identifiers, which are necessary for its functioning and required to achieve the purposes illustrated in the cookie policy.
You accept the use of cookies or other identifiers by closing or dismissing this notice, by clicking a link or button or by continuing to browse otherwise.