A Famous Exorcist

FAMED EXORCIST PROVED YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLAY THE CLERICAL GAME

Although logically we all know the end has to come for everyone, there are certain personalities so indomitable, so larger than life, that in practical terms we come to regard them as virtually immortal.

Back in the late 1990s and 2000s, I always said that when Pope John Paul II finally died, those most stunned would be in the Vatican press corps, since we’d lived through so many health scares – we’d watched him fall and get back up so many times, with his iron determination to persevere – that it was psychologically difficult for many of us to accept that such a giant actually had an expiration date.

Another such figure on the Roman scene for the last several decades was Father Gabriele Amorth, the famed exorcist of Rome, who finally succumbed to complications related to a lung infection on Friday at the age of 91. (complete article)