Exorcising on the Rise

Catholic exorcism chatted up on CNN? Earlier today, this clip was on the front page of the self-professed world’s leader in news.

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About a month ago, or so, I saw The Rite with Anthony Hopkins in a movie theater.  It was entertaining, yes, but not as interesting as the information in this clip.  Especially noteworthy, I think, is that demonic activity is on the rise, particularly in the USA, due to deliberately or not so deliberately summoning Satan via fortune-tellers, Ouija boards, Wicca, seances, psychics and the like. We think we’re goofing around, having a game night and, in reality, we’re inviting demons into our souls. Like Mr Hopkins notes, not believing in Satan doesn’t protect us from him.

What I like most about this video clip is the exorcist the film is based on, Father Gary Thomas.  What a credible, approachable, down-to-earth guy.  Chances are, few have a problem asking him to bring God’s healing into that delicate, vulnerable place we call the soul.  God willing: I think he and his story will help validate and maybe even mainstream this controversial and marginalized healing ministry. How it made it to the big screen with a really big star, like Anthony Hopkins, makes me wonder who, besides Father Thomas, gave the nod…

Movie spoiler: the interviewer doesn’t ask Father Thomas about his exorcising a exorcist, a central part of the movie. How disappointing.  I wonder, wonder how true the movie is to that encounter.

Hmmm…to get a fuller picture, I may have to read the book the movie is based on: The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio.

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