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1.24.2017

Vanity Fair Exorcist Article

It's pretty cool that Vanity Fair publishes articles like "The Devil and Father Amorth: Witnessing "the Vatican Exorcist" at Work".  In this article, Exorcist director William Freidkin travels to the Vatican to witness an exorcism first hand.

Cool in that, to the "modern mind", the devil and possession seem like sheer superstition and hocus pocus.  It's great to see that a spiritual reality; a reality beyond what we can rationally see with our five senses; is acknowledged in a more mainstream publication.  It indicate, as do so many of VF's other articles, that it has an open-mindedness to its journalism which is a genuine breath of fresh air.


However, the article reveals the shallowness of this modern mind when, towards the end of the article, Freidkin (who has arrogantly said ridiculously dismissive things about the Novus Ordo and the implicit insincerity of modern priests who celebrate this Mass to Alec Baldwin on his podcast "Here's the Thing") interviews some "experts" and asks them for their feedback about the exorcism.

These "experts" are two uber successful neurosurgeons.  Both of them, to Freidkin's awe, offer a narrow admission that the women undergoing the exorcism may in fact be possessed, or at least that she's suffering from conditions that cannot be rationally explained.

I find it frightening that the "experts" we turn to in these cases of medical/spiritual maladies have such a comically narrow belief in the supernatural, or in God.

Where would we be as a culture if, in cases of demon possession, or any malady really, the experts actually acknowledged the spiritual reality and found recourse to it as a means of healing?

What I mean to say is, we're living in a frighteningly immature time, and putting our faith in people who haven't got a clue about truth or reality.

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