Ground Report: BY Robert Tilford
“The Rite” is a book written by Matt Baglio which talks extensively about “exorcism” within the Catholic Church. Needless to say that within its pages are written many strange stories and anecdotes about supernatural encounters between members of the Catholic clergy and devils and demons during exorcism. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY
When he first heard about a Vatican-sponsored course on exorcism for priests, journalist Matt Baglio was intrigued by the idea of this ancient ritual taking place in the modern world. In his new book, The Rite, Baglio follows American priest Father Gary — sent to Rome to train as an exorcist — and his apprenticeship with Father Carmine. Baglio talked to TIME about belief, skeptical priests and the particulars of the exorcism ritual.
The sun was shining on the Santa Cruz Mountains. The freeway from the San Francisco airport to San Jose was still buzzing in my ears when I stepped into the parking lot of an unassuming church and the most famous exorcist in America walked up. “Hello, I’m Father Gary Thomas.” At 57 years old, he has an easy smile, an abiding love for the Giants and strong convictions about the nature of evil. “You believe there is a devil?” I ask him as we settle in at a small, beautiful chapel near the church. “Yes.”