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  • Writer's pictureMichael Lichens

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Most Famous Exorcist

Gabriele Amorth Get Behind Me Satan book cover showing a man alone on a doc.

For all of you who saw my appearance on Coast to Coast, I want to thank you! I always enjoy talking with George Noory and taking your calls. This time, I was discussing the famous exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth.

To learn more about Fr. Amorth, start first with my latest article, “Enduring Insights from Exorcist Fr. Amorth” at Catholic Exchange. This article explores some lessons I've learned from reading Fr. Amorth's newly translated book, Get Behind Me Satan. You can get that book at Sophia Institute Press or at Amazon or your favorite bookseller. I also recommend the books An Exorcist Explains the Demonic and My Battle Against Satan if you want to learn more about the work and life of Fr. Gabriele Amorth. Finally, there's also the official biography of the exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth: The Official Biography of the Pope's Exorcist.

So, the question I always get is something along the lines of, “How did you first become interested in Fr. Amorth and the Rite of Exorcism?” To that, I have to say that I've always had an interest in the spooky and supernatural. At times, this curiosity got me in trouble. However, I discovered the writings of the exorcist (and past Coast to Coast guest) Fr. Malachi Martin and his book Hostage to the Devil. Years later, I was working as an editor for a Catholic publishing house when we received a new translation of one of Fr. Amorth's books, My Battle Against Satan.

Reading Fr. Amorth was a joy. He is forthright, almost blunt about the work he did as Rome's chief exorcist, but I also saw a similar sense of humor. Fr. Amorth liked to call himself a "jokester" and that playfulness of life shows up in all his writings and interviews. He was serious about his work but also had a wit about him, including telling a demon "Shut up! You aren't worth a cigarette butt!"

I am not an exorcist and, in fact, I tend to be rather skeptical of spiritual disturbances. While I am spiritual, I do find that most things have a rational and natural explanation. However, my academic and personal background means I've seen some strange things and I enjoy hearing the stories of encounters with this strangeness. Fr. Amorth shares many such stories and I believe him. So it is that I am glad to be given a platform on dozens of shows to talk about the world's most famous exorcist.

Thanks for reading this page and please feel free to get in touch if you would like me to appear on your show or podcast or you have your own story to share. Currently, I am promoting the books of Fr. Gabriele Amorth and am also working on my own book about angels, monsters, and other odd encounters.

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