Friday, November 12, 2010

"The Rite" inspires US bishops to discuss exorcism

After reading Fr tom Euteneuer's book, "Demonic Abortion" (review forthcoming) I wondered how many exorcists there are in America.  The answer is scarier than Fr Tom's description of demonic activity in abortion mills. FIVE. In a time when the devil is running things, from Congress to colleges which used to be Catholic, to Hollywood, we only have five exorcists.Yikes!
But, thanks to "The Rite" a powerful nonfiction book I reviewed here, that may be changing. Author Matt Baglio, a formerly fallen away Catholic rediscovered his faith as a result of writing about the experiences of Father Gary Thomas  who took a course on exorcism at the Regina Apostolorum in Rome, and later coordinated with him on an effort to mail a copy of "The Rite" to every bishop and seminary rector in America. Sadly they only heard from a handful. Happily, the bishops are meeting today and over the weekend in Baltimore to discuss exorcism.Its about time.
According to NewsOK;

U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring a conference this week (Nov. 12-13) in Baltimore on the "liturgical and pastoral practice of exorcism." Fifty-six bishops and 66 priests have registered to hear about the shortage of trained exorcists and the growing interest in the mysterious rite, according to Catholic News Service.

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Soon "The Rite" will be made into a movie by New Line Cinema, starring Anthony Hopkins. . And rather than shock audiences a la "The Exorcist", they hope to inform them. The devil is real and very powerful in this Culture of Death, but the power of the Church, when wielded by her priests in the Rite of Exorcism, is triumphant. I'll be keeping you informed. 
Read the entire article here


Anonymous said...

Will this movie hurt or help the Catholic Church?

Sharyl Kempins said...

The Rite is a good movie and best represent the true nature of evil and exorcists today.

If you're interested to lean more about evil and demonic possession, watch a real video on an exorcism . Listen also to prominent Catholic theologian and exorcist Fr. Malachi Martin on The Nature Of Evil, Exorcism & Possession .Additionally you can also watch this documentary showing a real exorcism in the Philippines.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Rome's chief exorcist's book is also worth a read. This milestone book is a great resource on demonology and diabolic possession. Read here about how one can get possessed and how to protect yourself and your family against witchcraft, spells, demonic influences etc.