[quote="Dempsey1919, post:8, topic:200445"]
Before the Second Vatican Council, all priests of the Roman Catholic Church received the minor order of Exorcist. During the process of becoming a priest, they were gradually granted more authority and powers; the minor orders were granted before the individual became a fully ordained priest.
When a clergyman received the Minor Order of Exorcist, he was given the authority to cast out demons in the name of Christ. After Vatican II, the minor orders were suppressed and priests no longer received the minor order of Exorcist, although they still have the powers of the Exorcist. Many priests are still ordained in the traditional fashion and receive the Minor Orders however.
These days, many dioceses appoint priests as Exorcists for the diocese. These priests receive specialist training and usually work under an experienced exorcist.
Father Gabriele Amorth is currently Rome's chief exorcist.
The Catholic Church still has many exorcists; in fact, the number of exorcists has been steadily increasing over the last decade or so.
I'm not surprised.
I'm probably going to sound crazy here, but in my lifetime I have been in the presence of two entities that I believe were very powerful, very evil spirits... I now recognize they were demons. For whatever reason the Lord has always protected me from these creatures (probably because I would not cease calling His name when I encountered them) but it got me wondering about exorcism because in my experience the Protestant church doesn't really pay much attention to such things.
Isn't it true some people are more ... sensitive to that side of things then others? That's why I wondered if it's a vocation. Some are just more able to handle and recognize demonic presences.