- The Exorcist movie Director, William Friedkin, finally witnesses an exorcism after decades of never seeing one.
- Well-known exorcist, Father Gabriel Amorth, has been performing an exorcism on a woman in her 30s for the past two years.
- Father Gabriel believes that religious leaders and clergy no longer believe that the Devil is actually real.
- A famous book written by Father Gabriel explains things about hell, the afterlife and how to fight against the Devil and his demons.
- Two of the most notorious people in the Bible were exorcists—Paul the Apostle and Jesus Christ.
As strange as it may seem, William Friedkin who made the de facto demon possession film, 1973’s The Exorcist, had actually never seen one. However, decades later, he finally viewed one in person conducted by the world’s leading exorcist.
In 1973, moviegoers around the world were spellbound by one of the most terrifying horror films ever made: The Exorcist. The film was an adaptation of the best-selling novel by the same name by William Peter Blatty.
The movie by William Friedkin won two Academy Awards for best writing and best sound. It also had eight other Oscar nominations, including best picture, best director, best actress, and best supporting actor.
The terror that occurred on screen left many people sleeping with the lights on. The Exorcist left people living in fear for one specific reason: The belief that demon possession is real.
Exorcist Director Had Never Seen a Real Exorcism
Despite what audience members saw on screen, the film’s director had never actually witnessed a real-life exorcism firsthand.
To view his first exorcism, he teamed up with the world’s foremost authority on demonic possession and exorcism, a man who is referred to as a “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Gabriel Amorth. The priest was 91 years old at the time and Friedkin joined him to witness an exorcism rite that the exorcist had been performing on a woman for over a year.
The Priest revealed that treatment via exorcism, in some severe cases, can go on for years before finally achieving success. The woman’s family felt she was possessed for at least two years before they finally sought help from an exorcist.
The woman, in her 30s, has a college degree but cannot work because of fits and behavioral outbursts that come over her. Medical treatment found no apparent symptoms nor did psychiatric consultation. The woman’s brother and his girlfriend were members of a powerful demonic cult, and they believe that his brother’s girlfriend, a witch, put a curse on her, Father Amorth says.
The woman herself says that after each exorcism “it feels like I’m becoming free. I can feel the devil suffering inside me.”
“Clergy Today… No Longer Believe in the Devil”
Father Gabriel Amorth says there is a great danger today because our religious leaders no longer believe that the devil exists. “We have a clergy today who no longer believe in the devil, in exorcism, in the exceptional evil the devil can instill or even in the power that Jesus bestowed to cast out demons.
How to Battle Demons and the Devil
You won’t find the rite of exorcism in the Catholic Bible per se. It is a special ritual created by the Roman Catholic Church which draws from the Bible, but also includes specific prayers that the exorcist and his assistants recite during the ritual.
In one of the most detailed books ever written on the subject of exorcism, An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels by Fr. Gabriel Amorth, Rome’s renowned exorcist opens our eyes to the deadly antics of Satan and his demonic falling angels. He explains how people become possessed and what it takes to rid oneself of demonic possession.
In the book, he covers many of the cases he worked during his career. He also explains what the Bible has to say on this topic, Satan’s powers, hell, the afterlife, and more. Most importantly, Father Amorth tells us how to detect demonic interference in our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves.
Jesus and Paul Were Both Exorcists
Jesus Christ drove out demons (Mark 5, Luke 10, Luke 11, Matthew 17) and spoke about demon possession in the Bible (Matthew 12:43-45). Even the apostle Paul drove out demons (Acts 16:16-18). Jesus also gave his twelve disciples the authority to cast out demons (Matthew 10, Mark 6).
“And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.” – Matthew 10:1