The Vatican's Exorcists: Driving Out the Devil in the 21st Century


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John Paul II was the first pope since the early 1600s to view the evil and his minions not only as formidable foes, but as tangible forces which the Catholic church must battle on a daily basis. The priest charged with spearheading this mission is Father Gabriele Amorth and his Office of Exorcism. Revitalising a long-dormant practice, Father Amorth has re-established exorcism as a common rite in the church with a series of seminars and training sessions during which priests from all over the world learn how to fight Satan ...

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Mar 17, 2009

vatican's exorcists

This book discusses some of the activities of some of the 'exorcists' within the Catholic Church (those resident in Italy). I found it interesting that Pope John Paul II opined that evil was the result of human freedom, not "an impersonal, deterministic force at work in the world." However, the number of 'authorized' exorcists in the Catholic Church has risen dramatically in the last decade. The last chapter discusses some of the views of scientists and medical practitioners.

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