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Michael Kovak, disillusioned with his father, a mortuary owner, decides to enter a seminary school and abdicate his vows upon completion, thereby getting him a free college degree. Four years pass and Michael is being ordained to the diaconate at the seminary. However, after ordination he writes a letter of resignation to his superior, Father Matthew, citing a lack of faith.
While Father Matthew is attempting to catch Michael, he trips, causing a biker to swerve into the path of an oncoming car. The young woman, believing Michael to be a priest after seeing his clerical garb, asks him for absolution. Unable to refuse, Michael comforts her and performs the ritual absolving her sins. Seeing how calmly he handled the situation, Father Superior tells Michael he is called to be a priest, whether Michael believes this or not; he later approaches Michael with an invitation to travel to Rome in order to attend a class on exorcism. Michael reluctantly accepts after being told by Father Matthew that he will be levied a $100,000 student loan if he leaves immediately, but that if he still desires to resign from his position after taking the class, then he may be free to leave.
During classes, he meets a young woman, Angelina, who is also taking the course. He soon learns that she is a reporter who has been asked to cover the course for an article in a newspaper. Realizing Michael is a skeptic and is very tentative in his faith, Father Xavier later asks Michael to see a friend of his, Father Lucas, who is a renowned exorcist. Michael agrees and meets Father Lucas at his home, where he sees one of the priest's patients: a pregnant sixteen-year-old girl. It is later revealed that she was raped by her father, which led to her possession. However, Michael remains skeptical, even after witnessing several preternatural events, such as the girl coughing up three long nails and fluently speaking English. She pointedly reminds Michael of the last patient he performed embalming on and of his loathing for his father.
The Making of a Modern Exorcist
An Encounter With Author of "The Rite"
By Father Alfonso Aguilar, LC
ROME, APRIL 6, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Does the devil exist? Father Gary Thomas of the Diocese of San Jose, California, once thought that belief in the devil's existence was part of an archaic and superstitious way of living the faith.
Father Thomas, who is pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, was asked by his bishop to travel to Rome for training in the rite of exorcism at a Vatican-affiliated university. Through the lessons given by great exorcists and the training from a priest based in Rome, Father Thomas experienced firsthand that the presence of personal Evil is concrete and more ubiquitous than he could ever imagine. He eventually performs more than 80 exorcisms, and becomes the official exorcist of the San Jose Diocese.
These are the experiences recounted in the 2009 book "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist" by Matt Baglio. Inspired by true events, "The Rite" follows the steps taken by a skeptical priest in order to become an exorcist. The story is interwoven with traditional theological notions about the demons, the touching experiences of possessed people, the quasi-magical power of the ancient rite, and the encounter, face to face, with the devil in person.
The book has inspired the feature film called "The Rite," which has been in theaters since January 28, starring Anthony Hopkins, no less. Directed by Mikael Håfström ("1408"), "The Rite" is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on earth.
On January 20 and 21 -- a week before the release of the movie in the U.S. theaters -- ZENIT spoke with Father Thomas about his call to the ministry of exorcism, his experiences over the past years in working with people seeking his help, and the prevalence of demonic influences in our society today.
Full Article - Zenit.org
Hollywood, US Bishops Spotlight "The Rite" (Part 1)
An Interview With San Jose Diocesan Exorcist
By Genevieve Pollock
SARATOGA, California, JAN. 20, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Jan. 28 is the release date for a new movie about exorcism and faith, which is based on the story of Father Gary Thomas, official exorcist of San Jose, California.
ZENIT spoke with Father Thomas about his call to the ministry of exorcism, his experiences over the past years in working with people seeking his help, and the prevalence of demonic influences in our society today.
The movie, "The Rite," starring Anthony Hopkins and distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures, focuses on themes of faith, as evidenced by the promotional tagline: "You can only defeat it when you believe."
It is based on the real experiences of Father Thomas, as recorded in the book, "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist," by Matt Baglio. Both the author and the priest, who serves as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Saratoga, were invited onto the set to consult in the making of the movie.
Hollywood producers are not the only ones with a renewed interest in this topic; last November the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops sponsored a two-day conference on exorcism, which took place in Baltimore just prior to the fall assembly. Some 56 prelates and 66 priests signed up for the course.
In this interview, Father Thomas described his experiences on the set of the movie, and explained the relevance of this ministry today.
Full Article - Zenit.org
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
Journalist Baglio follows a Catholic priest through the latter's training to become an exorcist in this incisive look at the church's rite of exorcism and its use in contemporary life. Baglio began delving into the topic after hearing about a course at a Vatican-affiliated university, where he met and befriended the Rev. Gary Thomas, a priest in the diocese of San Jose, Calif. Thomas took the exorcism course at the request of his bishop and subsequently apprenticed himself to a seasoned exorcist. Keenly aware of the misunderstanding that abounds about exorcism through film images, Baglio sets about dispelling misconceptions and does so skillfully, separating the real from the imaginary in the mysterious and unsettling sphere of the demonic. Both Thomas and Baglio were changed by their exposure to the rite. Thomas grew spiritually during the process, which bolstered his desire to help his parishioners, and Baglio, previously a nominal Catholic, reconnected with his faith. For anyone seeking a serious and very human examination of this fascinating subject, one that surpasses the sensational, this is absorbing and enlightening reading. (Mar. 10)
V Course in Exorcism
Speakers who participated:
- Msgr Luigi Negri
- P. Paolo Scarafoni, LC
- P. Gabriel Gonzalez, LC
- P. Pedro Barrajón, LC
- Don Gabriele Amorth, SSP
- P. Giancarlo Gramolazzo, FDP
- P. Francesco Bamonte, ICMS
- P. François Dermine, OP
- Don Aldo Buonaiuto
- Don Gabriele Nanni
- Don Anthony Contri
- Professor Joseph Ferrari
- Prof. Charles Climati
- Mr. De Daniela Zordo
- Dr. Luigi Carnevale
- Dr. Carmine Esposito
- Prof. Anna Maria Giannini
- Prof. Adolfo Morganti
•Social aspects of satanism
•Phenomenological aspects: Satanism in the youth
•Aspects of biblical and theological
•Historical and theological aspects
•Pastoral and spiritual aspects
•The ministry of exorcism
Exorcism and Satanism - UPRA ( Ateneo Pontifico Regina Apostolorum )
Begin Monday, April 19, 2010 in Rome at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, the lessons of the fifth course "Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation". You can follow, via videoconference, also from Bologna at the Istituto Veritatis Splendor.
As with other issues, the course is organized by the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Ateneo Sacerdos and GRIS (Group of Socio-Religious Research and Information).
In addition to the priests, will also be open to interested lay people to topics. For example: doctors, psychologists, lawyers, teachers, catechists. Classes will be held 19 to 24 April 2010.
The course addresses two issues: the phenomenon of exorcism and Satanism and sects.
Among the objectives is certainly to snatch topics such difficult and delicate vision of a superficial and sensationalist.
It is not a course to become exorcists. The goal is to offer useful tools to the priests for their pastoral work, information and support for families.
In addition, the course offers an insight into the topic of Satanism and sects, which is very useful for priests and lay people interested in these issues.
Some episodes chronicle occurred in recent years, should be a wake-up call to take seriously a problem too underestimated the increase in interest in Satanism. Priests and laity, with a solid, can make an important contribution to address this problem, which threatens to involve young people in particular.
The fifth course will be: Bishop Luigi Negri (matters theological and philosophical), Adolfo Morganti (Anthropological), Father Pedro Barrajon LC (theological issues), Don Aldo Bonaiuto (social), Father Francesco Bamonte ICMS (social and spiritual) Don Gabriel Nanni (liturgical and canonical aspects), Carlo Climate (juvenile satanism), Archbishop Luigi Moretti (pastoral aspects), Anna Maria Giannini (psychological), Father Francois Dermine OP (pastoral and spiritual aspects), Tonino Cantelmi (aspects medical and psychological), Daniela De Zordo (legal issues - defense), James Ebner (legal aspects - claim), Father Thomas Torres CP (experience).
First of all you have to get rid of all cursed, demonic, occult stuff.. It could be anything - statue, bracelet, picture.
Originally posted by autowrench
reply to post by Havick007
for the word "demon" means "inner self," or "Guardian Angel."
Originally posted by autowrench
Well, let me ask, what do you think would happen to Satan if everyone just stopped believing in him altogether? Be Free, and be Sovereign in mind and spirit, and stop believing in Mediaeval scare tactics.
Originally posted by PapagiorgioCZ
reply to post by autowrench
Oh, you really sound like possesed one
Let me start with answer to the question at the end.
To him? Nothing. That is exactly what he needs - to convince people he doesn't exist.
You imagine them like in movies. That's the problem. Aren't they spirits? Not anybody can see their spiritual form, (I don't as I know), but you can feel it's presence in your life or in your head, maybe in unreasonable anger, merciless character, sympathy for devil, sin etc. It could be even well. The fight starts when you change the team. I don't understand their nature but I believe what God said about them and about cursed stuff in the Bible. No need to be part of some religion group to believe something. You have a free will. I don't have a need to convince you if you don't.
However if you don't believe anything of this spiritual "crap" then who am I talking to? Some body asks me? (no offence)