The Vatican's Exorcists

  • by Tracy Wilkinson
  • Narrated by Shelly Frasier
  • 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is one of the most ancient, arcane, and, to some, embarrassing rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Yet the number of priests in Italy trained as exorcists has risen tenfold over the past decade - and they are still unable to keep up with the skyrocketing demand for their services. Award-winning foreign correspondent Tracy Wilkinson reveals that "devil detox", as some call it, is a booming industry, complete with motivational speakers, international conventions, and plenty of controversy. At the center of this surprising movement is Father Gabriele Amorth, an energetic octogenarian who has spent decades leading a campaign to reestablish exorcism as a regularly performed rite of the Church. Through extensive interviews with him, as well as with highly placed Church officials, scientists, and ordinary Catholics, Wilkinson reveals the profound impact of this growing trend within both the Church hierarchy and the lay community.


What the Critics Say

"This book is certainly not an apologia for exorcisms, but it will appeal to those looking for a fascinating history and some thoughtful commentary from proponents and skeptics alike." (Publishers Weekly)


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The Vatican's exorcists

For everything you've wanted to know about exorcism, this is a handy book to get. Unfortunately it is also quite disappointing. This book tries to work out the puzzle of whether demonic posession is just a psychological disturbance, hysteria, or whether there are really evil forces. The problem with this book is that it speaks about phenomena, but does not investigate them more deeply. For example, the priests show the authors articles they claim were vomitted up during exorcisms, but the author never actually witnesses this. The author does interview victims of posession, trying to understand their backgrounds and circumstances. The book ends inconclusively, not coming down on one side or the other. It is still quite an interesting listen though, but don't expect any groundbraking discoveries or findings.
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- Ari

The outsiders

Gabriele Amorth died last year, in his 90s. He was somehow reluctantly accepted by the hierarchy as an "exorcist", Lord have mercy, but I am glad that the author, even though she seems to be from USA, presents a varied picture of Catholic exorcism in Italy.
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- Mary Carnegie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-02-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio