February 20, 2007 |
A Romanian priest who in 2005 led a days-long exorcism ritual for a young nun that ended with the woman's death was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Maricica Irina Cornici, 23, had been chained to a cross and deprived of food and water. Cornici believed that she heard the devil talking to her. She was treated for schizophrenia, but when she relapsed, Daniel Petru Corogeanu -- a monk who served as the priest for the secluded Holy Trinity convent -- and four other nuns tried exorcism.
September 7, 2006 |
Karl Rove says he's not the Exorcist. Rove, the Bush political shaman Democrats love to demonize, enlisted a trio of clergymen to exorcise Hillary Rodham Clinton's left-wing spirit when he moved into her West Wing office in 2001, according to an unflattering new biography. "I talked to Karl; he said it's not true and, beyond that, he will have no comment," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
September 12, 2005 |
It's perhaps fitting that one of the worst weekends of the year for moviegoing, the one after Labor Day, turned out to be anything but for "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," which took in an estimated $30.2 million -- an easy $10 million more than most of the prognosticators expected.
September 9, 2005 |
The forces of good and evil wage a holier than thou battle for our attention in the hybrid thriller "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Inserting a dose of horror into a standard courtroom drama, writer-director Scott Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman have constructed a well-cast yet dopey tale that is much less than the sum of its parts. It's certainly creepy, but not always in ways the filmmakers intended.
September 8, 2005 |
"THE Exorcism of Emily Rose," which hits theaters Friday, owes an unmistakable debt to 1973's epochal horror classic, "The Exorcist." In both films, an impressionable young woman becomes Satan's unwitting vessel and must be purged by a determined priest.
June 14, 2005 |
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and devil's food baker Betty Crocker may use the name of a certain fallen angel with impunity, but Art Mijares draws the line at Contra Costa County's highest peak, Mt. Diablo. It's so offensive to his religious sensibilities that this rock, which dominates the vista from his home in Oakley, Calif., bears the Spanish name for the devil that he's trying to change the name to Mt. Kawakum, which he says is a Native American term for "laughing mountain, everywhere seen."
February 18, 2005 |
The Roman Catholic Church is facing a shortage you may not have heard about: qualified exorcists. And so, on Thursday about 100 priests stood, prayed for protection, then sat down to begin an eight-week study of how to distinguish and fight demonic possession. The course at Rome's prestigious Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum, represents the first time a Vatican- sanctioned course in exorcism is being offered at this level.
January 29, 2005 |
Starting with his 1978 bestseller about spiritual growth, "The Road Less Traveled," M. Scott Peck has been preoccupied with the problem of good and evil. As a believer in a "benign spirit," God, he began to wonder if the existence of human evil meant "there was such a thing as an evil spirit or the devil."
April 30, 2004 |
In a small room, well away from the street so that no one hears the screams, Father Gabriele Amorth does battle with Satan. He is a busy man. As the Vatican's top exorcist, Amorth performs the mysterious, ancient ritual dozens of times a week. A confused world engulfed in tragedy and chaos is turning increasingly to black magic, the occult and fortune-telling, he said, proof that the devil and his handmaidens are having a field day.
January 23, 2004 |
Atlanta police ruled out exorcism in the death of a young girl whose beaten body was found covered in pages from a Bible. A police spokesman, Sgt. John Quigley, said nothing in the death of Quimani Carey, 6, was linked "to how an exorcism is done in Catholicism or in any religion as we know it." Christopher Carey, 29, and Valerie Carey, 27, who are believed to be the girl's parents, have been charged with murder.