A senior priest in Florence is under investigation for fraud after allegedly amassing [$6 million] by performing fake exorcisms.
Prosecutors said that Father Francesco Saverio Bazzoffi would “stage shows” at the House of the Sainted Archangels, an organisation he founded.
During the events, which regularly attracted crowds of over 400 people, a number of associates would “pretend to be possessed by demons” and Fr Bazzoffi would allegedly exorcise them using ancient and obscure rites.
He would then offer to “heal” members of the audience who were sick, and solicit donations to his organisation.
Catholic Priest Performs Fake Exorcisms
April 4, 2008 by tinyfrog