Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess during the Liturgy of Penance on March 17, 2017 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. AFP Photo
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.
A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders,” the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers recount their sins.
Disorders could have their roots in all manner of circumstances,...