- May 28, 2020
One could make the argument that Francis doesn’t actually have to be in Ariccia or its Casa Divin Maestro (“House of the Divine Master”) for the Roman Curia’s annual retreat this week, because in many ways the experience already carries a distinctly Francis “vibe.”
William Friedkin directed “The Exorcist” decades ago, but when he found himself in Rome, he took a chance and was able to meet the chief exorcist of Rome and made a documentary about him.
William Friedkin, who directed ‘The Exorcist’ 45 years ago, thought he was through with the subgenre he helped create. Then came his documentary on exorcism, ‘The Devil and Father Amorth.’
St. John Paul II once called Lent a period of “spiritual training” for sharpening people’s ability to recognize “the voice of God and the insidious voice of the evil one.”
An exorcist says that the devil is behind things like divorce which are are attacks on the family. He said, “Even today, and I’m more than 50 years old, just thinking that my mother and father love each other forever, I find comfort and courage. In contrast, the children of separated parents are more fragile and wavering.”
From the outside the Catholic Church can sometimes look like a rigid system of command-and-control, one in which there are severe penalties for coloring outside the lines. Father Gabriele Amorth, Rome’s most celebrated exorcist who died Friday at 91, proved that’s only true if you allow it to be.