Bishop’s Plan To ‘Get Rid Of The Devil’ From His City Is Extreme To Say The Least

When solving big, intractable problems, it’s important to have an open mind and a sense of creativity.

One person’s bonkers is another person’s innovation, you know? Corn flakes were invented to cure masturbation, for heaven’s sake, and look at them now.

Which is why we want you to take seriously Colombian Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya’s approach to ridding his town of murder: dropping holy water on the town from a helicopter.


People can’t innovate in a hostile environment where they can’t feel free to express their ideas without criticism.

In all honesty though, the situation in Buenaventura, Colombia of which the Monsignor is Bishop, is dire. As Colombia’s busiest port, Buenaventura is a locus of the country’s drug trade, and as such is run by paramilitary gangs who terrorize the locals.

Though the government recently created a “humanitarian zone” in the city, the Bishop says the murders have not stopped—he told news outlets there have been 51 in 2019 alone.

So, on July 14, Monsignor Montoya turning to other methods—he’ll borrow a helicopter from the Navy to cleanse the town.

As he told a local radio station:

“We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura from the air and pour holy water onto it … to see if we exorcise all those demons that are destroying our port… It will be a great public demonstration for the entire community, where we will pour holy water to see if so many bad things end and the devil goes out of here.”

Buuuut on social media people were… not exactly convinced by the Bishop’s big idea… 

While others had a couple detour suggestions for the good Bishop… 

And, of course, others were just glad they weren’t in Buenaventura… just in case…

Anyway, while there may be some holes in the Bishop’s plan and none of us are quite sure it will hold water (see what I did there), here’s hoping the city of Buenaventura can find help and solutions soon.

If you want to repel evil on the go, this Holy Water keychain, available here, will do the trick.


And you can get Holy Water from Lourdes (here) or the River Jordan (here) to fill your portable evil repellant.