In the book The Rite, author Matt Baglio tells the story of one Roman Catholic Priest and his journey to Rome to learn to be an Exorcist. In the book we find that at that time the course was primarily a lecture course and I assume it still is—not being Roman Catholic I have no way of knowing if there have been any changes in the course syllabus—and any practical experience Father Gary Thomas received was through observing practicing exorcists in the greater metropolitan area of Rome. While we in the west have come to believe that all exorcisms resemble the one portrayed in the movie The Exorcist, most real exorcisms take Continue reading
Cosmetic Surgery and Exorcisms
by The Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie
A vast literature supports the reality of demons, and three criteria have been developed for distinguishing demonization from mere psychological trauma: (1) the universal presence of certain symptoms, including satisfaction of biblical criteria, along with responsiveness to the name of Jesus, all of which take place uniformly throughout the world, including cultures that know nothing about the Bible or Jesus; (2) the presence of supernatural power evidenced by such phenomena as moving material objects; (3) the revelation by the demon of detailed, private and embarrassing information about the exorcist in front of others that no human could have known. Continue reading
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.
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.
Mention The Rite Of Exorcism in a crowd and many people will automatically think of movies such as The Exorcist 1973 or The Rite 2011; a more motion picture. Both pictures claim to be based on true events; The Exorcist on the case of Robbie Mannheim in 1949  and The Rite on events described in the book: The Rite: The Making Of A Modern Exorcist, a non-fiction work by Matt Baglio, but while many people believe that events as described in the movies and book are fictional, there is actual historical basis for these depictions, empirical evidence that contributes to the credibility of the subject of demonic possession.
In 2004 the Continue reading