Father Marian Rajchel is being harassed. The local cleric in Jaroslaw, a town of about 40,000 in south-east Poland, told local media on Monday that he has been the target of repeated, abusive texts. The hateful messages come, apparently, from a demon with a personal axe to grind.
Father Rajchel explained to reporters that he had recently attempted to exorcise a demon from an unnamed local girl. The Catholic Encyclopedia defines exorcism as, "the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, or things, which are believed to be possessed or infested by them, or are liable to become victims or instruments of their malice." According to the priest, the exorcism had apparently been unsuccessful, a point the demon decided to drive home by using the young woman to type out mean-spirited text messages.
"She will not come out of this hell. She's mine. Anyone who prays for her will die," read one chilling message from the gloating demon. Another warned Father Rajchel directly, "You cannot save yourself. Idiot. You pathetic old preacher." Who's surprised that the spawn of Hell are poor winners?
After receiving the spiteful texts, the priest naturally concluded that the messages were the work of malignant supernatural forces, as opposed to the misguided texts of a bored teenager. After all, when have teenagers done anything pointless and dumb just to liven up their daily lives?
Father Rajchel is convinced that demonic thumbs are the ones at work. As he told reporters, "Often the owners of mobile phones are not even aware that they are being used like this, however in this case it is clear." In other words, demons possess people on a regular basis to take use their smartphones to send evil text messages. So, for those keeping score, in 2014, "The Devil made me do it" is an excuse that will still totally work with the clergy.
The news of this aggressive demonic behavior comes at a time when the Catholic Church is experiencing a big time surge in demonic possession, probably because of all the mobile phones. According to The Independent, "Earlier this year, a number of Catholic churches across Italy and Spain were reported to have recruited at least 18 priests between them to tackle “an unprecedented rise in cases of demonic possession.” This troubling trend has even made its way here to America. A case in January in Indiana saw witness reports of a young boy walking up a wall backwards.
Earlier this year, even Pope Francis weighed in on exorcisms, officially recognizing a group of demon hunters under canon law. It should be noted that the Pope did not explicitly say that demonic possession was real and thriving, he simply called exorcisms, "a form of charity that benefits those who suffer."
Under that definition, perhaps Father Rajchel is due for an exorcism from his smart phone.