The memoirs of an Italian exorcist (which was released in February) claim that Satanic sects are active in the Vatican, and that their tentacles may go as high as the College of Cardinals.
In Father Amorth: Memoirs of an Exorcist. My life fighting against Satan, father Gabriele Amorth claims (to writer Marco Tosatti, who wrote the book after a series of interviews with the demon fighting priest) that "Yes, also in the Vatican there are members of Satanic sects...There are priests, monsignors and also cardinals!"
Father Amorth also told Tosatti how he came across such information.
"I know from those who have been able to relate it to me because they had a way of knowing directly. And it's something 'confessed' most times by the very demon under obedience during the exorcisms."
He also claimed that the Pope was aware of the Satanic presence in the Vatican and was doing what he could against the evil threat.
But Father Amorth's statement would not go long without being answered.
Father Jose Antonio Fortea Cucurull, demonologist and priest, has come out on his blog trying to smooth out some of Amorth's more coarse claims.
Referring to his reaction to the statements as a "duty of justice", Fr. Fortea claims that some of the prelates of the church are "...more spiritual and others more earthly, some more virtuous and others more human...” he also stated that the allegations against the College of Cardinals were emphatically untrue.
"Our College of Cardinals, if we compare it with past centuries is the most edifying and virtuous that history has ever known. One would have to go back to the epoch of the Roman Empire to find a body of electors so distanced from all earthly pretension as the current one is... Cardinals might be better or worse, but all have upright intentions and seek the glory of God."
Fr. Fortea goes on to theorize as to how he feels that such a godly man like Fr. Amorth could have dreamed up such wild allegations against the Catholic Church.
"...innumerable persons come to us who claim to have visions, revelations and messages from Our Lord." Among these a certain number offer apocalyptic messages and revelations about the infiltration of Satanism and the Masons within the dome of the Church."
He also discounted Fr. Amorth's other "reliable" source, demons under the control of exorcism, as patently unreliable because demons are known liars.
"We can know with great confidence when a demon tells the truth in the subject directly related with the exorcism. That is, the number of demons, their name and similar things. But we cannot be confident in what regards concrete news relating to people... Father Amorth does not have other sources of knowledge than the two that I just cited. I refer to his own words for this affirmation."
He closed his reply to Fr. Amorth's allegations by stating:
"Statements must be proven, especially when they are about such grave accusations that affect the honorability of those who form part of the Head of the Church as far as they help the Supreme Pastor."