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Australian government body reviews priest’s exorcism recommendations

August 03, 2016

The Health Care Complaints Commission, a body established by the parliament of the Australian state of New South Wales, is reviewing the psychological practice of Father Gerard Stoyles, a priest of the Diocese of Wollongong.

In a 2015 radio interview, Father Stoyles, a child psychologist, revealed that on occasion he had referred clients for exorcisms when he believed that “more than a psychiatric condition” was present.

“I don’t think anyone in the 21st century would seriously argue with the proposition that the practice of exorcism and the practice of psychology should never be mixed,” said David Shoebridge, a member of parliament.

 
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  • Posted by: shrink - Aug. 03, 2016 9:29 PM ET USA

    Hmmm. If the psychologist should never consult the exorcist, can the exorcist consult the psychologist? Indeed, exorcists consult psychologists as a matter of routine. Does the MP then wish to outlaw exorcists consulting psychologists, or is he secretly intent on outlawing exorcism all together?

  • Posted by: Daniel Conte - Aug. 03, 2016 6:59 AM ET USA

    '“I don’t think anyone in the 21st century would seriously argue with the proposition that the practice of exorcism and the practice of psychology should never be mixed,” said David Shoebridge, a member of parliament.' Did demons cease to possess people after January 1, 2000? Does this guy know better than someone who's a psychologist AND a priest?