My old boss, Fr Dave Dwyer, CSP, did this interview on The Catholic Channel on Sirius with Fr. Gary Thomas, the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose. He has performed exorcisms and talks about what's real, what's Hollywood invention, what is Catholic teaching? And what is the difference between possession and mental illness.
Recently the book The Rite came out which details Fr Gary's training as a Vatican certified exorcist. It's a great book and while I was at best, agnostic on this piece of our tradition (Meaning, I'm not sure what I believed), Fr Gary and the author Matt Baglio did a great job of clearing up misconceptions and convincing me that something is indeed real and compelling here.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.