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The Rite by Matt Baglio
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Feb 06, 11

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I picked this one up mostly out of curiosity, and I think it's actually dulled that curiosity, rather than quenching it (or leaving it in place). Start with some life history of a modern-day Californian Catholic parish priest, Father Gary, who goes to Rome to learn to become an exorcist. Run through lots of examples of possessions in their myriad forms, mostly of folks who line up outside the door of an Italian exorcist who helps train Father Gary. Add various details which seem to prove the veracity of demonic influence. Glancingly describe how mental illnesses may be confused with demonic possession.

I'm not Catholic, which may have predisposed me to be cynical, but it did give me a general idea of where the Catholic Church's perspective on this topic. I would've liked more on the history of Church-sanctioned exorcisms, but this book does offer pretty true advertising: it's more about Father Gary's personal journey. This may interest others, but I'd advise most to give it a pass.
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