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Exorcism is a rarely used rite in the Catholic Church. Under canon law only those priests who receive permission from his bishop can perform an exorcism. A priest performing the rite wears a purple stole. A crucifix and holy water are among the religious items used in the rite.
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Exorcism is a rarely used rite in the Catholic Church. Under canon law only those priests who receive permission from his bishop can perform an exorcism. A priest performing the rite wears a purple stole. A crucifix and holy water are among the religious items used in the rite.

A Virginia woman who claims a priest sexually abused her while meeting with her to perform exorcisms has filed suit against the Arlington Diocese and the Virginia-based pro-life group he formerly headed for $5.3 million in damages. The priest admitted to engaging in highly inappropriate and gravely sinful conduct with a young adult woman. He resigned from his position with Human Life International and returned to his home Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla.