Saturday, March 21, 2009

Time Examines Exorcisms

Here’s a welcome twist: An article in a major magazine about Catholic exorcisms that neither ridicules nor sensationalizes the subject.

The article is this interview, published by Time magazine, of journalist Matt Baglio.

Baglio recently authored a book called “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist,” which recounts the experiences of an American priest, Father Gary Thomas, as he is being trained to serve as an exorcist.

Baglio’s own interest in exorcisms was sparked when the freelance journalist learned that the Regina Apostolorum pontifical university in Rome offers a course about exorcisms.

“Not knowing anything about exorcism or if the Church even still believed in it, I was intrigued by the idea of a university-level course teaching priests about exorcism’s approached the subject of exorcisms as an open-minded skeptic,” Baglio says in the interview.

Baglio appears much less skeptical now about the reality of demonic possession, as a result of his journalistic investigations.

“For people to just outright discount it is a little premature,” Baglio remarks. “I think that there’s clearly something going on here. Even if you don’t believe in the devil, how do you explain the paranormal? I would dearly love if science could really explain some of these things, but until then, the question is just too big to ignore.”