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Exclusive: Discovery, Catholic Church team for exorcism series (Ecumenical)
Entertainment Weekly ^ | 01/05/2011 | James Hibberd

Posted on 01/05/2011 10:07:25 AM PST by Pyro7480

Discovery Channel is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: Demons.

The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files, as well as interviews with the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.

“The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.

Bunting says the investigators believe a demon can inhabit an inanimate object (like a home) or a person. The network executive says he was initially skeptical when first meeting the team but was won over after more than three hours of talks.

“The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories,” Bunting says....

(Excerpt) Read more at insidetv.ew.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Theology
KEYWORDS: discovery; exorcism
We'll have to see how this goes. They did an hour-long documentary a few years back about the real-life exorcism which the novel and movie "The Exorcist" were based on, and I thought they did a good job.
1 posted on 01/05/2011 10:07:27 AM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 01/05/2011 10:08:17 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

Mixed feelings about this. First, they’re tackling a very dangerous topic. Second, I worry about this being used to mock the Church.

On the other hand, I think some people forget that evil is very real & does indeed exist. Maybe this will remind them.


3 posted on 01/05/2011 10:14:18 AM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Pyro7480

They need to send the team to Washington. Stat!


4 posted on 01/05/2011 10:18:43 AM PST by Savage Beast (Truth : Leftist :: Crucifix : Vampire)
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To: Pyro7480
There seems to be an obsession with all things demonic in the skeptical world of the media and also with much of the otherwise agnostic, religiously apathetic population.

Mention a papal pilgrimage or the life of a modern saint and it's .........blaaah.............whatever.....

Mention something about the occult or exorcisms and it's......."wow........what time's it on??!!"

Discovery knows this and thinks it's on to a winner.

I'm not sure what the Vatican is thinking. Perhaps they think this will help to convince people of the existence of evil as an objective reality but they need to be careful. Exorcism is not meant to be entertainment and real exorcists are self-effacing, retiring people who do not court publicity

5 posted on 01/05/2011 10:31:02 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Thank God someone is tackling this because when you’re confronted with a demon and you ask your church for help, sometimes they just stare at you with a blank expression.

I’m curious to know how the RCC handle demons. All it took for me was the Lord and prayer with a born again believer. But until that prayer happened, it was dangerous stuff.

I’m still really bummed that my prayers alone didn’t do it. I take comfort in “Wherever two or more are gathered...” but it humbled me that my prayers alone weren’t enough.

Glad the RCC is opening up about this.


6 posted on 01/05/2011 10:32:16 AM PST by Jen Shroder
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To: Pyro7480

I wonder if they will tackle the muhammad possession?


7 posted on 01/05/2011 10:38:29 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Pyro7480

I won’t be watching. Demons and Satanic possession scare me to death. I read an article about exorcisms in Crisis magazine several years ago that made my hair stand on end. Terrifying subject matter.


8 posted on 01/05/2011 10:40:06 AM PST by Juana la Loca
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To: marshmallow

My thoughts exactly.


9 posted on 01/05/2011 10:41:11 AM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Pyro7480

I’m not happy about this.

The Catholic church has, up until this, kept exorcism and demonic posession very low key. It has thus avoided making a serious issue into a sensational issue.


10 posted on 01/05/2011 10:48:08 AM PST by kidd
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To: Pyro7480

I saw that, it was great.

I’m no fan of the Catholic church but when it comes to this, I am. I have no doubts this stuff is real and they are the only ones prepared to fight it.


11 posted on 01/05/2011 10:49:30 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Peter from Rutland
You echo my attitude toward lawyers ...

;'}

12 posted on 01/05/2011 11:03:00 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Pyro7480

interesting . . .


13 posted on 01/05/2011 11:10:23 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Pyro7480

Sounds interesting. I usually laugh when Discovery or History try to tell the world about anything Christian, but this doesn’t seem to be one of their usual stories. This one could be really good.


14 posted on 01/05/2011 11:10:58 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Excellent observations. Your comments reflect my own thoughts.


15 posted on 01/05/2011 11:26:45 AM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: Pyro7480

The timing of this series is interesting. According to the article, they plan to broadcast the episodes this spring, when the movie Suing The Devil opens in theatres.


16 posted on 01/05/2011 11:45:48 AM PST by ruralvoter
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ruralvoter wrote: “The timing of this series is interesting. According to the article, they plan to broadcast the episodes this spring, when the movie Suing The Devil opens in theatres.”

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It could be motivated by that but don’t you think with all that is pointing at the end times, and the release of demons from under the earth or sea as told in Revelation, that maybe somebody ought to discuss the subject in a real way before we get inundated?


17 posted on 01/05/2011 12:45:29 PM PST by Jen Shroder
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To: Pyro7480

I think it will be good.Vatican has final say on what to cut.


18 posted on 01/05/2011 12:52:47 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Jen Shroder
The prayers and activities of exorcism which Catholic priests use can be read here, starting on page 6 (the first 5 pages are an introduction and guidelines for the priests/bishops performing the exorcism:

Rite of Exorcism, pre-1999 (still an option today)

19 posted on 01/05/2011 1:05:43 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Jen Shroder
My point was to look at the timing from the frame of reference of the Discovery Channel. Your point about bringing forth a discussion is valid and if this is done from the cinema or cable television simultaneously, perhaps that would be a good thing.
20 posted on 01/05/2011 1:40:56 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: Pyro7480
They have one program about the Church and 99 programs and even more commercials that inculcate soul/societal destroying behavior (premarital sex, adultery, abortion, divorce, disrespect for elders, sloppy or provocative dressing, drugs, weak fathers, idiot mothers, manly looking body builder women, and on and on).

Gave up the TV once had our first child. 5 children and 9 years later, we only use the TV for VHS/DVD. Saved my children from getting poisoned, saved a ton of time to do productive activities and work, and saved like $10,000 in cable fees.

21 posted on 01/05/2011 10:23:35 PM PST by verdugo
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