The Vatican's Exorcists

The Vatican's Exorcists

Driving Out the Devil in the 21st Century

Book - 2007
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Foreign correspondent Tracy Wilkinson reveals how "devil detox" has become an industry, complete with international conventions and plenty of controversy. We meet Father Amorth, who has led a campaign to reestablish exorcism as a respected rite. Based on extensive interviews with Amorth, Church officials, scientists, and lay Catholics--as well as on the exorcism she witnessed herself--Wilkinson shows how modern exorcisms are performed and the impact they are having. Are the "possessed" actually suffering from mental or emotional problems that should be treated medically? Why are the majority of people receiving exorcisms women? Wilkinson shares answers she received from Father Amorth and others to these questions and more. She also tells us what the exorcised have to say about the experience.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780446578851
Characteristics: xx, 188 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 27, 2019

Wasted opportunity. The author kind of pulled a fast one on Father Amorth, who was kind enough to be interviewed at length; she portrays him as a naive , reactionary. Like most of the exposes on religion, the aim is more about picking the belief systems and people apart , than really trying to understand from the point view of believer. She had an opportunity for real spiritual dialogue but chose to take the popular and lucrative way of derision.

Dec 06, 2014

Thank you so very much for your honest comment. Prevents us from wasting precious time & energy! God Bless You :)

Apr 28, 2010

If I could give this book a no-star rating, I would. It is a book describing and dismissing work performed by exorcists in Italy.

The description of the book is misleading as 'Office' in this case refers to the Catholic rite of exorcism not an administrative department in the Vatican Curia.
Throughout, the author goes to great lenghts to prove how exorcism is an arcane practice fueled by superstition.

If you are looking for an unbiased, well-researched book about this very unique rite and its place in Christianity, this book is definitely not for you.

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