The Bishop of Waterford, Alphonsus Cullinane, has said that he and the Pope believe that evil spirits are to blame for the abuse in the Church and says he is setting up a team of people to fight against the "evil spirits".
A "delivering missionary" has been set up to help rid people of the devil through exorcism.
Speaking to Eamon Keane on 'Deise Today' on WLRFM, he said that the group will be going to houses where people may have been involved in any type of seance who have opened up a door to Satan.
The Bishop claimed that one Reiki Master was working on someone when they saw a vision of Satan.
He said, “He was scared out of his wits, dropped the reiki and went back to church.”
“This is something that has to be done in secret because you don’t let these people’s names out and they are going to houses where people maybe have been involved in some kind of new age thing or some kind of seance or that kind of thing and, unfortunately, they’ve opened up a door to an evil force, Satan.”
The Bishop said he has had several requests from people to help deal with evil forces and one priest from Waterford is about start training in exorcism.
He said exorcism is a "tricky area" which should never be done on your own. The Bishop also said he has never seen an exorcism.
“But I have certainly felt the presence of evil,” he said. “I remember one particular priest, a friend of mine who I knew who was involved in one particular case, and it was a girl, a professional girl, young, who came with her mother, and there were four men, kind of rugby types, to hold her down in the chair, such strength she had."
“The priest had warned the four guys beforehand: just make sure you’ve gone to Confession and one guy didn’t go to Confession, one of the four, and the girl with a voice that wasn’t hers, it was a male voice coming out of her, actually called out the sins of your man, the guy who hadn’t gone to Confession,” the bishop said.
The priest said he was sorry for scaring anybody, but warned people against opening themselves up to spirits.