Vatican takes a modern approach to exorcism and the devil, author says
When veteran Vatican journalist John Thavis interviewed exorcists for his new book, many said right off that exorcism was nothing at all like the movie.
These American and Italian priests were referring to the 1973 movie The Exorcist made from William Peter Blattys novel, which was based on a St. Louis event.
In the late 1940s, Saint Louis University Jesuits professors Father William S. Bowdern and his assistant Father Walter Halloran performed the Catholic rite of exorcism on a young boy (a girl in the movie) at SLUs DuBourg Hall and Alexian Brothers Hospital.
When I talked to exorcists theyd say it is not like the movie, then, after about 10 minutes of saying most were