Priest arrested for performing 13 exorcisms on girl with eating disorder

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BURGOS, Spain — Police in Spain have arrested a priest for performing multiple exorcisms on a girl with an eating disorder. She was anorexic.

Authorities say Jesus Sahagun performed at least 13 ritual ceremonies because the girl’s parents told him she was possessed by the devil.

According to Yahoo News, the exorcisms began in 2012. The girl was often tied up and injured. And at least once, she tried to commit suicide.

In a statement in court, the girl’s parents said the Priest was aware their daughter was suffering from anorexia but that he told them the exorcisms would not interfere with her treatment.

In an interview with El Mundo newspaper in 2014, Sahagun said the girl’s suicide attempt was not a result of the exorcisms practiced on her.

Sahagun also defended exorcisms as “a religious practice maintained as part of the Church’s tradition, as a right available to all the faithful.”

In July 2014, Pope Francis made exorcisms official Catholic practice, with the Vatican hailing them as “a form of charity”.

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