The Rite, the Making of A Modern Exorcist

The Rite, the Making of A Modern Exorcist

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In 2007, the Vatican’s chief exorcist revealed an initiative to install an exorcist in every diocese worldwide. Three days later, the Vatican denied the story.

Father Gary Thomas was working as a parish priest in California when church leaders asked him to travel to Rome for training in the rite of exorcism. In Rome, as an apprentice to a veteran Italian exorcist, his eyes were opened to a darker side of the Catholic faith he had never known, and he came to see the battle between good and evil as never before. Journalist Matt Baglio had full access to Father Gary over the course of his training, and the astonishing story he found reveals that the phenomena of possession, demons, the Devil, and exorcism are not merely a remnant of the archaic past, but remain a fearsome power in many people’s lives even today. The inspiration for the movie The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, this book provides a uniquely intimate glimpse into the chilling world of a real-life Roman Catholic exorcist.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an overview of the phenomenon of demonic possession, tracing the history, rites, and rituals of exorcism in the Catholic Church and describing one man's path which transformed him from a skeptical apprentice to a practicing exorcist.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385522717
Branch Call Number: 264.0209 BAGLI BAGLI


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Mar 19, 2016

A pretty decent overview of modern day exorcism in the catholic faith. I found it most interesting that the majority of priests do not come into the study of exorcism believing in demons or the devil in a real sense but more as an allegorical tale. I also loved that many tools of discernment are used including fake holy water, psychologists, and reading Aristotle in Latin in lieu of the Holy Text. For instance if someone reacts to the Aristotle or tap water then the priest knows they are faking the possession. I don't know where I stand on all this but I do know I am fascinated with the unknown realm of the supernatural and I'm pretty sure I have a few ex wives that are possessed.

Sep 17, 2011

NOT THE MOVIE!?!?!??!?!

Jul 13, 2011

A fascinating read! Baglio does well at offering the reader a neat package of anecdotes and various sorts of expert opinions - supportive and critical - to report on the education of Father Gary as a Catholic exorcist. While some of the jacket comments may be somewhat misleading (i.e., comment about the Vatican denying the initiative to install exorcists in every diocese never seems to be referenced or resolved), the book offers a fairly unobstrusive view of the training and the experiences of Father Gary. The book offers a rich variety of style including history, conversation, personal ruminations, theology and psychology; none of which are indulgent or overbearing. This rich variety, however, proves to be somewhat awkward at times by creating a choppy flow and mildly convoluted timeline. In the final account, this book is a useful read by offering substance for someone whose worldview is amenable to this sort of activity and a challenge for someone who is skeptical.

Dec 31, 2009

This is a great book. The first half gave me a couple nightmares, but I couldn't stop reading it. It gives great insight into a field I knew only from the movies. It read like fiction even though it's non-fiction.


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