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The Rite: The Making of a Modern Day Exorcist (Paperback)
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The Rite: The Making of a Modern Day Exorcist (Paperback)

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In 2005 a Vatican-run university opened its doors to priests from around the world, running a course for would-be exorcists. Looking for a story, Rome-based investigative journalist Matt Baglio attended the class, and there met Father Gary Thomas -- a Californian priest who had been chosen to attend by his bishop. Father Gary was concerned that many of the 'possessed' were in reality suffering from psychological disorders best left to the care of doctors. How and why his view changed is the subject of this book.

We follow Father Gary's year-long training with a senior exorcist as he is transformed from a doubter into a believer. Baglio gained unprecedented access to this world, including participating in exorcisms and culminating with Father Gary's own fearsome confrontation with the Devil. Woven into his story is the fascinating history of exorcism, its rites and rituals, and the ways and reasons that people become possessed. Matt Baglio speaks to psychologists and detectives, as well as Vatican clergy, to wrinkle out the truth about this most Gothic of subjects. The Riteis proof that the truth about demonic possession is not only stranger than fiction, but far more chilling.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781847393555
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


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Praise for "The Rite"
"There are chilling descriptions of exorcists battling demons in "The Rite "... Baglio has strong storytelling skills, and constructs a narrative that travels a long distance quickly."
- "LA Times"
"Matt Baglio's book is a wake-up call. It smashes the many myths created by Hollywood movies and other amateurs on the subject about exorcism and the role of the exorcist in the Catholic Church."
-- Father Basil Cole, O.P., professor of moral and spiritual theology of the Pontifical Faculty at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.
"Journalist Balgio 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, wh
Praise for "The Rite"
"There are chilling descriptions of exorcists battling demons in "The Rite .".. Baglio has strong storytelling skills, and constructs a narrative that travels a long distance quickly."
- "LA Times"
"Matt Baglio's book is a wake-up call. It smashes the many myths created by Hollywood movies and other amateurs on the subject about exorcism and the role of the exorcist in the Catholic Church."
-- Father Basil Cole, O.P., professor of moral and spiritual theology of the Pontifical Faculty at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.
"Journalist Balgio 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 c

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“Very interesting.”

This was a really enjoyable and interesting look into a part of the Catholic religion that seems to be endlessly paraded in horror films but also seen as something to be ashamed of by most priests.
It was interesting... More

Paperback edition
11th September 2014
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Ilona

“Disappointing!”

I`m not sure what to make of this book.
On the one hand, it had a very good base story, some interesting parts and a lot of promise. On the other hand, the story was slow, the characters weak, way too many unnecessary... More

Paperback edition
7th April 2011
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“Rite Now”

This fascinating and provocative book follows the progress of an American priest, Fr Gary Thomas, who is sent to Rome by his bishop to become an exorcist. Tempted at first to dismiss his studies as retrograde... More

Paperback edition
25th March 2010
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