The official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis says the ritual isn’t performed the way you might have seen in the movies.
Demand for exorcisms is on the rise. But one practitioner says they’re not performed the way you might have seen in the movies.
“An exorcism at its very core is an official prayer of the church,” says Vince Lampert, official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. “So oftentimes people might be more interested in the theatrics or the sensationalism, but it really is a prayer, whereby God is asked to bring relief into the life of the person who is suffering.”
Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) speaks with Lampert (@FrVinceLampert), also pastor at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, Indiana, about the ritual and why more people are seeking it out.