You can't make this stuff up.
At one time you might have thought what you're about to read was an extreme looney-toon statement, but given the vortex of evil coming to light -- the criminal pedophile priest protection enterprise sitting at Benedict's door of responsibility, the pimping out of undocumented immigrants, members of the Vatican choir, Papal Gentlemen and seminarians...it's like a bad novel come to life.
Well, this story is like a novel, The Exorcist. The Vatican's exorcist-in-chief, who was the basis for the priest in the film, thinks there's evil inside those walls and he's not shy about saying it.
In the last few months, the Catholic Church have been rocked by a series of sex scandals in Ireland, Holland and, most recently, Germany.
Even the Pope's brother, Father Georg Ratzinger, has admitted he hit choir boys.
Italian priest Fr Amorth said: "His Holiness fully believes in casting out evil.
"The Devil lives in the Vatican. Naturally it's difficult to find proof but the true consequences are visible.
"We have cardinals who don't believe in Christ, bishops connected with demons. Then we have these stories of paedophilia. You can see the rot when we speak of Satan's smoke in the holy rooms of the Vatican."
I was chatting with Mike Signorile about this hot mess. Can you imagine what is going on in the Vatican's PR shop right now? From what I can tell, not a lot is going on because people are leaking like a wood-rotted boat, magnifying the scandal. Since the Pope is considered infallible, it's not like anyone is going to effectively call for his resignation, no? The only one who's going to make the UnHoly Father step aside is...Benedict himself.
So what's the answer? I think the public relations staff have such a nightmare on their hands -- who knows when a coerced rent boy's going to emerge to tell tales of priests in all sorts of compromising positions, or more papers implicating Cardinal Ratzinger emerge that show he repeatedly allowed children to be raped and pedophile priests to remain free to victimize more?
I personally don't think the Pope would step aside; he's not shown to be even a tad self-aware of his image around the globe. All I can think of is we may see some sort of cloak-and-dagger end to this thing; it's all that's left to make the bad novel ready to hit the press.
Does this mean the Devil really does wear Prada!?
Amorth, who told the paper, that he knows a thing or two about exorcisms having handled 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said the Holy See was infested with "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the demon."
Amorth's accusations come at a time when the Vatican is facing scrutiny on a number of fronts:
* One of Pope Benedict's ceremonial ushers was among those implicated in a gay prostitution ring – after being caught on a police wiretap.
* Catholic authorities in Germany on Wednesday announced a probe into allegations the Regensburger Domspatzen Boys Choir – once led by the Pope's older brother.
* Major pedophilia cases involving priests have also surfaced in Ireland and the United States.