William Blatty, author of The Exorcist, knows demonic activity when he sees it


William Blatty, the Catholic author of The Exorcist which provided the basis for William Friedkin’s film of the same name, has given a rare interview to The Washington Post about the 40th anniversary of the film about demon possession in which he says with emotion that abortion is truly demonic.

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5 year-old asks best-selling writer/agnostic/mom to take him to church, “To see if God’s there.”

Mary Karr was known mainly as a poet until her coming-of-age memoir, “The Liars’ Club,” became a bestseller in the 1990s. It was the vivid story of a sometimes hilarious but often brutal Texas childhood.

Karr grew up amid the hardscrabble oil fields of East Texas. Her father drank himself to death. Her mother was married seven times.

The road to faith was a long, hard climb for someone who once described herself as an “undiluted agnostic.” By her mid-thirties Karr’s life had begun to unravel. Her marriage was failing. She drank heavily, wrecked the family car, was hospitalized for an emotional breakdown. In desperation, she took a friend’s advice and reluctantly began to pray.

Karr says she still equated most organized religions with something people just did socially. Then one day she passed a Catholic church in Syracuse, New York, where she was teaching. She was struck by a banner out front. It said, “Sinners Welcome.”

I thought I had a better shot at becoming a pole dancer at 40, right, than of making it in the Catholic Church, and I think what struck me really wasn’t the grandeur of the Mass. It was the simple faith of the people. For me this whole journey was a journey into awe. I would just get these moments of quiet where there wasn’t anything. My head would just shut up, and I knew that was a good thing. And also the carnality of the church: there was a body on the cross.”

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Extended interview on prayer/piety/rationalism

“Prick up your ears and go to hell.”

The L.A. Times has a heartwarming story of literary giant Ray Bradbury who at 90 is not afraid to tell everyone exactly what he thinks. A gathering of admirers got an earful of Bradburyisms on the verge of his Aug 22 90th birthday celebration in Los Angeles. Bradbury railed against the “too many machines” that we surround ourselves with, lamented that we hadn’t colonized the moon by now, and said that the U.S. is in need of a revolution because “there is too much government today.”

You have to hand it to this wizened sage. He hit the nail on the head with every statement. Bradbury is so right to point out that we are losing our American soul and character.

Here are his statements as reported by the Times:

“The possessed have almost invariably been involved in Satanism,” he says. “They are not innocents selected at random by passing demons. Most have made a deal with the Devil. Only later do they become aware of the Devil’s asking price.”

The late Jesuit Father Malachi Martin was a very interesting theologian, author and priest. He was also a trained exorcist. This is his own blow-by-blow account of what an exorcism is all about.

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Cerebral palsy couldn’t stop author


When she was one-year-old, Deanna was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy, a disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. It affects a person’s muscle movements and coordination, as well as speech. In many cases, like Deanna’s, a person is in a wheelchair.

Many will argue if Deanna’s childhood doctors could see her now, they would see how everyone has a purpose. They would see how love and encouragement can make miracles happen.

“We had to learn she was a gift from God,” said Helen Lingenfelter, Deanna’s mother, quoted in one of her books. “(Deanna) didn’t just take from our whole family, but gave back incredible strength to us all.”

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Cardinal Dulles, Dean of American Theologians, Passes Away


Word from New York brings the sad news that Avery Dulles SJ — the celebrated convert, teacher, prolific author, first American theologian and US Jesuit elevated to the College of Cardinals, the dean of American theologians and a giant of the age — passed to his reward overnight.

Having suffered from a crippling post-polio syndrome in recent years, the Harvard man and scion of a Washington dynasty was 90. Yet even in the face of the illness’ physical toll, the ever hard-charging Navy vet — who usually traveled alone even into his late 80s — was still working away on a 32nd book in his last weeks.

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