"Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation," a four month course, is being taught to about 120 priests at Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University outside of Rome. Aspiring demonologists and exorcists will hear lectures from real, well known exorcists.
"Not all of you will become exorcists but it is indispensable that every priest knows how to discern between demonic possession and psychological problems," Father Paolo Scarafoni told students. Topics include spiritual, medical, and legal issues.
The Vatican updated its exorcism ritual in 1999, and it is estimated that up to 5,000 Satanic cultists exist in Italy, mostly 17-25 year olds. Real exorcists, such as Father Gabrial Nanni, say there are signs to tell possession from mental problems.