Witnessing Father Amorth: “The Vatican Exorcist” at Work and the Pathology Otherwise Known as Possession

by WILLIAM FRIEDKIN for Vanity Fair
Sunday morning, May 1 of this year, was Father Amorth’s 91st birthday, but he had no plans to celebrate. He awoke just after dawn, said his usual morning prayers and one to Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th-century saint, and another to the late Father Candido Amantini, his mentor. Clutching a walking aid, he shuffled from his cell-like room to the dining room on the third floor of the Paulist Fathers residence, south of Rome’s historic center.

After his usual breakfast of caffè latte and biscotti, Father Amorth returned to his room, which had Continue reading

Exorcist director William Friedkin says ‘I will never be the same’ after the Vatican allowed him to film a real exorcism this month

By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE and AFP
PUBLISHED: 09:57 EST, 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:35 EST, 19 May 2016

The director of the horror classic ‘The Exorcist’, William Friedkin, has revealed that he has become the first person in the world to film a real exorcism at the Vatican.
The 80-year-old American filmmaker told a masterclass at the Cannes film festival late Thursday that he was invited by the chief exorcist in Rome to Continue reading

The Devil came down to Georgia

The Devil came down to Georgia…and traveled the United States this year: Exorcism’s reappearance in the Catholic Church

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK) 3/10/2016
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – “It is a big phenomenon,” J. Gordon Melton, a Methodist minister said of exorcisms in the United States. “There is a lot of exorcism going on.”

Sociologist Michael Cuneo, author of newly published “American Exorcism,” believes “Exorcism is more readily available today in the United States than perhaps ever before.”
In his book, Cuneo wrote, “By conservative estimates, there are at least five or six hundred evangelical exorcism ministries in operation today, and quite possibly two or three times this many.”

The Roman Catholic Church keeps at least Continue reading

Why the Exorcist Endures

From The University Bookman at The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal
by MARK JUDGE

They’re still there almost every day. At the corner of 36th and Prospect Streets in Georgetown. More than forty years later, tourists and even locals arrive at the stairs where the film The Exorcist was shot in the early 1970s. They take pictures, talk about the movie. They giggle and shiver.

Why does The Exorcist endure? The most obvious reason it does is that the demonic is real, and the idea that supernatural forces beyond our control can affect us, even taking over our very bodies, is frightening. But a lot of films have depicted the occult and not had the seismic and enduring impact of The Exorcist. The film endures because the atmosphere it depicts has become our own. The point of the demonic in The Exorcist is not to levitate bodies, vomit on priests, and telepathically toss furniture around the room. The point—often lost even four decades later—is to convince human beings that we are animalistic and not worthy of God’s love.

To convince us of this, the demon in the film most frequently attacks… Read more at The University Bookman

Worth another look: The Exorcist

“If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” — Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 12:28)

by the Rev. Henry Idema, Grand Haven Tribune religion columnist
26 March 2014

With so much evil in our world, and especially with the rash of school shootings in recent years, I recently reread “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty (1971) and rewatched the 1973 film, which won an Oscar for Blatty in his film adaption. This is the question I was asking: Does possession by evil, symbolized by the devil or Satan, provide us with clues to the evil we saw in the faces of so many of those school killers? Click Here To Read The Rest of The Story At The Grand Haven Tribune

 

Be All You Can Be: Join the Army of Exorcists — Today

Press Release: 21 January 2013
There are literally hundreds of media reports regarding the rise of interest in demonology and the curiosity people have regarding the Rite of Exorcism.  Movies such as the 1973 Horror film; The Exorcist, as well as the more recent; The Rite have once again renewed interest in the ancient sacramental rite referred to as Exorcism, unfortunately with such interest, societal problems can arise.  With plots that are fictitious, even when based on actual events, movies inspire scenarios in which otherwise good, well-meaning people can become desensitized to the very real dangers of the paranormal Continue reading

St. Louis University Expert Talks About Exorcism On Campus

By Pat McGonigle KSDK St Louis MO Oct 29, 2012
Many consider the 1973 film “The Exorcist” the scariest movie of all time. If the mere thought of the famous flick gives you the chills, consider this: It’s directly based on a true incident that happened here in St. Louis.

“I mean there are witnesses,” said John Waide, archivist at Saint Louis University. “At least unwittingly became 40 different people over the months that this occurred who said, yes, those things did happen.” Continue reading