The Vatican’s head exorcist thanked Bennie-the-Rat for giving the devil-fighting profession a hands-up during his papacy:
“Benedict held an audience with exorcists from all over the world and welcomed us with words of great, great encouragement,” Gabriel Amorth, devil fighter for the diocese of Rome for 27 years, said late on Friday in an interview with Italian religious channel TV2000.
“He has continued to encourage us. The Pope has done a lot to revise procedures… and given us powerful prayers that serve to exorcise,” said Amorth.
“People go to wizards, to fortune-tellers, to those who call themselves exorcists… it’s become a problem, because when someone wants an exorcist, there aren’t very many and they are ill prepared,” he said.
Indeed, where does one go to find a qualified wizard these days?