Vatican teams with Discovery Channel for TV series on exorcisms

And it’s reportedly set to hit the airwaves later this year.

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.

“The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories,” Bunting says.

If the show’s first season is successful, the network hopes its partnership with the Church will pave the way for producers GoGo Luckey to take the series to the next level — joining Catholic investigators on live demon-purging ride-alongs. (Move over, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters.)

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Comments

  1. Tom Armbruster says:

    Deacon Greg,
    I just hope it adds credibility and intelligence to the issue instead of turning it into another ghost hunters or whatever. The Catholic Church has enough credibility issues than to go about this half way, half thought out, half wittedly. Come to think of it, why would they do this at all! This is serious stuff, and truly not even understood in its full context buy most preists; therefore it should not be treated in this fashion. I just cannot understand why, time and time again, the church keeps triping over land minds when they are not even hidden. This is an issue that should be treated with the utmost integrity. This simply turns it into Wednesday night entertainment.
    Why dosen’t the church focus a show on Love. How it goes about fixing broken minds, broken bodies, broken families, broken hearts, broke characters, by some of its great Doctors, Nurses, Theologians, Psychologists, Philosophers, Councelors, Teachers.
    Excorcism. This is unbelievably insensitive, illogical, again a break with common sense.

  2. Tell me it isn’t true. As I was reading this post my mind went down similar paths as Tom’s. First trying to believe it’s a good idea since it’s coming from the Vatican after all. Then after thinking about it for awhile… “why would they do this at all!” And finally deciding that this decision must have been made by whatever Vatican “PR expert” gave us the Catholic Simpsons announcement.

  3. One of the four will happen:

    The show will be dull and boring.
    The Vatican will get a small or contraversal part in the show.
    Misunderstanding of Church doctrine.
    Discovery Channel will edit the show before it goes on TV.

  4. I think Discovery has some really good shows like Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs. So much bad news comes out of the Church sometimes that I think many Catholics, like some who posted here already, have become completely cynical. I will watch this, it could be interesting.

  5. Dr. Peter Thomson says:

    If you’re interested to lean more about evil and demonic possession, watch a real video on an exorcism here: http://bit.ly/cwG3fP . Listen also to prominent Catholic theologian and exorcist Fr. Malachi Martin on The Nature Of Evil, Exorcism & Possession: http://bit.ly/bZqbrb . Additionally you can also watch this documentary http://alturl.com/dugru showing a real exorcism in the Philippines.

  6. Mr Flapatap says:

    I just hope that Discovery does not try to “balance” the show bringing the likes of Fr. Richard McBrien.

  7. I agree this is a risky venture, however, good things, if done correctly, can result from it.

    For starters, many (including many who claim to be Christians), really have no belief in demons, despite the “Deliver us from evil” at the closing of the Our Father.

    If priests like Father Eutenauer are involved, I think it has the potential to be a real success in a world that no longer has much time for sin and evil.

  8. Robert Sledz says:

    I doubt The vatican would get involved with any Media Organization if it didn’t agree to their terms so we can relax to know this will be informational and fully CATHOLIC approved by ROME.

  9. Having the nuns on Oprah was a good thing. If this is done well, it can be very educational. How many people even believe in evil anymore?

  10. Hello i m from eastern orthodox church in Greece.i watch that news from orthodox church news sait(romfea.gr)
    i think the Vatican is not a naive.it has taken security measures for any occasion like this.ha?

  11. This needs to happen more than ever now. The number of exorcisms has increased exponentially as people have been turning away from religion and to other sources for answers (i.e. witchcraft, sorcery, etc.). Therefore it is more paramount than ever that the Catholic Church show people that the threat of the devil is real, that our actions have consequence.

    I am thoroughly excited and before some of you say that Vatican has enough to worry about should go ahead and read Father Gabriele Amorth’s books and you too would understand why our society needs this.

    I pray to God every night that people who do not believe in the existence of the devil and his demons or choose to ignore that existence are shown the light and I strongly believe this to be an answer to that prayer.

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