In 2009, Matt Baglio was a guest on Catholic Answers LIVE. That is when I heard about his book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. As Msgr. Pope rightly states in his post, The Rite is a well-researched book that represents the subject matter in a manner that is anything but horrific. The facts concerning exorcism, exorcists and the rite itself are in line with Church teachings and impartially presented.
However, upon seeing the first trailer for the film my hopes of the seeing the same on the silver screen were quickly dashed. I should know better but I am a serial optimist. Anyway, check out the blurb below and click on the link to read Msgr. Pope’s entire post. It is very insightful. I would also like to suggest that you buy or borrow Mr. Baglio’s book; it is good stuff.
I have also read the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. The movie is only very loosely based on the book. The main subject in the book is not a troubled seminarian but an experienced priest of strong faith. The greatest strength of the book is that it is carefully researched and draws deeply on the Catechism, scripture, and the official instructions of the Church for exorcists. The movie, as you might expect goes more for the sensational and takes a lot of cinematic liberty with Catholic rites. The book however is careful and balanced, depicting the Church as also careful and balanced when it comes to exorcism. I strongly recommend the book for any who wish to learn more of this ancient Rite of the Church.
I would like to say a few things about exorcism that are important to know and remember, especially when sensationalistic movies etc. take liberties. Allow these observations of mine in no particular order.