Catholic Church To Launch Exorcism Reality TV Series

Giotto's depiction of St. Francis exorcising demons.

Giotto's depiction of St. Francis exorcising demons.

The Catholic Church must be truly desperate in its quest to engage young people — it’s now resorting to creating a low-brow reality TV show in which its priests perform exorcisms. I promise I’m not making this up — here’s the story from Entertainment Weekly:

Discovery Channel is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: Demons.

The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files, as well as interviews with the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.

“The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.

Bunting says the investigators believe a demon can inhabit an inanimate object (like a home) or a person. The network executive says he was initially skeptical when first meeting the team but was won over after more than three hours of talks…

[continues at Entertainment Weekly]

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16 Comments on "Catholic Church To Launch Exorcism Reality TV Series"

  1. Anonymous | Jan 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    If they are pulling source material from dusty vatican shelves this could actually be interesting . Given that they’ve had the lions share of literacy over the centuries there could be all sorts useful, long forgotten accounts.

    Unfortunately it’s going to end up like UFO Hunters or some similar shite. Only with added bible thumping.

  2. dumbsaint | Jan 6, 2011 at 11:26 am |

    If they are pulling source material from dusty vatican shelves this could actually be interesting . Given that they’ve had the lions share of literacy over the centuries there could be all sorts useful, long forgotten accounts.

    Unfortunately it’s going to end up like UFO Hunters or some similar shite. Only with added bible thumping.

    • seriously, more reality TV that isn’t real at all? It’s not that i’m discounting the possibility of the existence of interdimensional evils, but this sort of format gives television producers the ability to simply do anything they want and say ‘based on a true story’, which, as stated, will most likely be long-forgotten written accounts with no firsthand tales or actual footage. This is precisely the kind of thing that intentionally confuses and misleads the public concerning issues that are very real, and very confusing given the popularity of the truth. I have nothing to say concerning the vatican except the fact that it’s still standing is an affront to god.

      • dumbsaint | Jan 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm |

        Well regardless of whether the ‘demons’ are real, or the motives of the church, I think that the old accounts would make for interesting yarns. It’s still an old bit of history that’s been locked away.

        http://beachcombing.wordpress.com/ is to blame for my open mindedness on the issue. This guy digs up all sorts of forgotten history.

  3. seriously, more reality TV that isn’t real at all? It’s not that i’m discounting the possibility of the existence of interdimensional evils, but this sort of format gives television producers the ability to simply do anything they want and say ‘based on a true story’, which, as stated, will most likely be long-forgotten written accounts with no firsthand tales or actual footage. This is precisely the kind of thing that intentionally confuses and misleads the public concerning issues that are very real, and very confusing given the popularity of the truth. I have nothing to say concerning the vatican except the fact that it’s still standing is an affront to god.

  4. Anonymous | Jan 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |

    But who exorcises the exorcists?

  5. GoodDoktorBad | Jan 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm |

    But who exorcises the exorcists?

  6. Anonymous | Jan 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm |

    Well regardless of whether the ‘demons’ are real, or the motives of the church, I think that the old accounts would make for interesting yarns. It’s still an old bit of history that’s been locked away.

    http://beachcombing.wordpress.com/ is to blame for my open mindedness on the issue. This guy digs up all sorts of forgotten history.

  7. Hadrian999 | Jan 7, 2011 at 1:29 am |

    please tell me it’s hosted by Father Guido Sarducci

  8. Hadrian999 | Jan 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm |

    please tell me it’s hosted by Father Guido Sarducci

  9. WhiteRose | Jan 7, 2011 at 2:55 am |

    They get captured in a bottle 🙂

  10. David Frost | Jan 7, 2011 at 6:38 am |

    Looks interesting, I gotta see it when it comes out!

    I would rather watch this than trendy and painfully superficial shows like “Jersey Shore.”

  11. David Frost | Jan 7, 2011 at 2:38 am |

    Looks interesting, I gotta see it when it comes out!

    I would rather watch this than trendy and painfully superficial shows like “Jersey Shore.”

  12. DickRichards | Jan 7, 2011 at 9:29 am |

    It sounds like bullshit, which is no problem since I like watching bullshit.

  13. DickRichards | Jan 7, 2011 at 5:29 am |

    It sounds like bullshit, which is no problem since I like watching bullshit.

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