The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,034,055 members ⚫ 1,328,001 ebooks

New to

Learn more

The Rite

The Making of a Modern Exorcist

The Rite by Matt Baglio
Buy this eBook
US$ 13.99
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)

The inspiration for the film starring Anthony Hopkins, journalist Matt Baglio uses the astonishing story of one American priest's training as an exorcist to reveal 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.

Father Gary Thomas was working as a parish priest in California when he was asked by his bishop to travel to Rome for training in the rite of exorcism. Though initially surprised, and slightly reluctant, he accepted this call, and enrolled in a new exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university, which taught him, among other things, how to distinguish between a genuine possession and mental illness. Eventually he would go on to participate in more than eighty exorcisms as an apprentice to a veteran Italian exorcist. His experiences profoundly changed the way he viewed the spiritual world, and as he moved from rational skeptic to practicing exorcist he came to understand the battle between good and evil in a whole new light. Journalist Matt Baglio had full access to Father Gary over the course of his training, and much of what he learned defies explanation.

The Rite provides fascinating vignettes from the lives of exorcists and people possessed by demons, including firsthand accounts of exorcists at work casting out demons, culminating in Father Gary's own confrontations with the Devil. Baglio also traces the history of exorcism, revealing its rites and rituals, explaining what the Catholic Church really teaches about demonic possession, and delving into such related topics as the hierarchy of angels and demons, satanic cults, black masses, curses, and the various theories used by modern scientists and anthropologists who seek to quantify such phenomena.

Written with an investigative eye that will captivate both skeptics and believers alike, The Rite shows that the truth about demonic possession is not only stranger than fiction, but also far more chilling.

The Crown Publishing Group; March 2009
ISBN 9780385529556
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: The Rite
Author: Matt Baglio
  • News
The Terrifying And Untold True Story Of Modern Day Exorcisms -
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:58:42 -0800
The Terrifying And Untold True Story Of Modern Day Exorcismsmoviepilot.comIn 1614 the Vatican published the "Rite of ...
What It's Really Like to Be an Exorcist -
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:17:47 -0700
Cosmopolitan.comWhat It's Really Like to Be an ExorcistCosmopolitan.comThe bishop said, “Well, there's a course you can ...
What's Real in The Rite - Daily Beast (blog)
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:01:03 -0800
What's Real in The RiteDaily Beast (blog)In this case, the cinematic tendril of truth snakes back to The Rite: The Making ...