|Anthony Hopkins in The Rite (2011)|
As you might imagine the interview, from the Catholic World Report, provides a fascinating insight into one of the most bizarre elements of Catholicism (even many Catholics would agree, surely?), and contains some real gems. I urge you to go and read it yourselves, but to give you a sample, here's one of my favourite bits:
"I think it takes more than just saying, “In name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave.” We have a rite that’s recognized, even by the demons, as legitimate. Spontaneous prayers of deliverance are not the same thing as the official rite of exorcism."I don't know about you, but I just love the idea of demons recognising something as legitimate. It's as if they've looked at the rites of the Catholic Church, assessed them, and agreed: yes, those are legitimate. Brilliant.
In the piece, you'll also learn how the recent increase in demonic possessions has been caused by the internet. Enjoy.