The Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin parted ways with Reverend John Zuhlsdorf after a livestream surfaced in which he tried to root out non-existent election fraud by way of Catholic exorcism. Zuhlsdorf is described as "a relentless critic of liberal culture."
At the beginning of the since removed video he states:
"As exorcists will confirm, the demons are very good with electronic equipment."
He went on:
"I think it's amply clear, there's enough evidence to demonstrate that there was fraud in some places, and people had to commit that fraud, it didn't happen by itself."
"It seems to have been well-organized. I am deeply concerned that anyone involved in this has put their soul in terrible mortal peril."
Zuhlsdorf claimed he had permission from the Bishop of Madison to perform the exorcism, however the Bishop of Madison stated permission was given to perform an exorcism for the alleviation of the pandemic, not for political purposes.
The diocese released this short statement after they parted ways with Reverend Zuhlsdorf:
"The Bishop of Madison is grateful to the Reverend Zuhlsdorf for his faithful support of the diocese's seminarians and priests, thanks him for his many years of steadfast ministry serving the diocese, and wishes him the best in his future endeavors."
Some criticized Reverend Zuhlsdorf.
Some couldn't stay away from the movie references.
And most were simply appalled.
If one thought the conspiracy theories Donald Trump pushed might calm down after President Biden was inaugurated, clearly, they were wrong.