by Aaron Maxwell • ChurchMilitant.com • October 17, 2016
Calls for exorcism in Italy are sharply on the rise, with some church experts even calling the shortage of exorcists an “emergency.”
Father Vincenzo Taraborelli, the new Vatican head exorcist who replaced recently deceased Fr. Gabriele Amorth, says the request for exorcisms in Italy this year alone have exceeded 500,000, and there are not enough exorcists to fulfill the demand.
He commented, “There are only nine of us left and many more are needed. We need other priests like me to meet the needs of so many families.” Father Vincenzo he sees about 30 people a day.
Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, commented, Continue reading →
We take a lot for granted, we humans. Gravity keeps us comfortably in our seats. Light comes in the morning, only to wane in the night, fading into pale starlight. The Earth spins on its axis in the darkness of space, making its way around the sun in a solar system that sits on a safe and quiet arm of the Milky Way galaxy. We know how all these things work. We do not fret, because we can comfortably explain, quantify, and catalog every phenomenon to ourselves, and those natural systems we have yet to understand will no doubt soon submit to the searching power of the mind of man.
But my interview with Vatican-trained exorcist, Father Gary Thomas, tells a very different story.
“Please send me information on how to attend the class on exorcism at the Vatican!”
As most readers of this blog might imagine, the preceding request is one we frequently receive; it would seem that a large number of people want to take part in the battle against demonic possession or they simply desire to satisfy their curiosity.
It was my understanding that up until the last year or so the Istituto Sacerdos only offered this course to the Priests and Sisters of the Roman Catholic church, however as the story we posted titled “Institute to hold 11th exorcism course” explains, the course is now apparently open to not only clergy but lay people as well.
Now as to how one might attend, your guess is as good as mine at this point, but perhaps there is an answer… Continue reading →
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.”