This will bum out the theocons. A reader notes:
You may not realize that what Jindal did is strictly forbidden to Catholic laity.
The Catholic Church takes the possibility of demonic possession very seriously, albeit very rare, and because of centuries-long experience that dabbling by the inexperienced (whoever well intentioned they may be) in this area is rather disastrous, decrees the following in Canon 1172 of the Code of Canon Law (1983):
Can. 1172: §1 No one may lawfully exorcise the possessed without the special and express permission of the local Ordinary.
§2 This permission is to be granted by the local Ordinary only to a priest who is endowed with piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life.
One wonders if any of the ultramontane crowd at The New Oxford Review bothered to ask Jindal if he had such permission or criticized him severely if it did not.
I love Dish readers. They seem to know everything.
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