Father Gabriele Amorth, the vatican's chief exorcist and author of the internationally acclaimed Memoirs of an Exorcist, drops some demonology science: "When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia."
The Devil is alive and well, stalking the Vatican. Sex scandals the phenomenal trace of smoke. (And yes, there is an official Association of Exorcists.) More importantly:
Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil was "pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me."
He said it sometimes took six or seven of his assistants to to hold down a possessed person. Those possessed often yelled and screamed and spat out nails or pieces of glass, which he kept in a bag. "Anything can come out of their mouths – finger-length pieces of iron, but also rose petals."
Possession as generative principle: therein the underbelly wish of the the present. No workers, no wages, no exchange, just the body held in thrall. Foaming productivity, and from the mouth, iron, roses, electric cars, oranges, comedy, nails.