In 2007, the Vatican's chief exorcist revealed an
initiative to install an exorcist in every diocese worldwide.
Three days later, the Vatican denied the story.
Father Gary Thomas was working as a parish priest in
California when church leaders asked him to travel to Rome for
training in the rite of exorcism. In Rome, as an apprentice to a
veteran Italian exorcist, his eyes were opened to a darker side of
the Catholic faith he had never known, and he came to see the
battle between good and evil as never before. Journalist Matt
Baglio had full access to Father Gary over the course of his
training, and the astonishing story he found reveals that the
phenomena of possession, demons, the Devil, and exorcism are not
merely a remnant of the archaic past, but remain a fearsome power
in many people's lives even today. The inspiration for the
movie The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, this book provides a
uniquely intimate glimpse into the chilling world of a real-life
Roman Catholic exorcist.