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Interview with exorcist portrayed in The Rite

Catholic World News - February 01, 2011

Father Gary Thomas, the California exorcist whose story forms the basis of The Rite, discusses his ministry in an interview with Catholic World Report.

“When someone gets into Wicca, black magic or white magic, psychics, séances, Tarot cards, spells, or all that other idolatrous stuff, they don’t know what’s going to happen,” he says.

“As an exorcist, I see the response of demons to sacramentals such as the crucifix or holy water or even the presence of a priest. The Eucharist will send possessed persons right over the edge. That’s the amazing thing. I tell the people in my parish, if demons believe in the Real Presence, shouldn’t we? I’m telling you, I’ve brought the Blessed Sacrament [to exorcisms], and the people want to go jumping out windows. It’s not them, it’s the demons.”

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