There are conflicting scenarios battling w/in me …. I Just read that it’s been announced that the Discovery Channel is teaming up with the Vatican (an unholy alliance if I ever heard one) for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: DEMONS – in an almost-reality-TV program called “The Exorcist Files.”, ….. coming soon, ….. to a TV near you!
On one hand, after decades of Priest’s abuse of children, Catholicism has lost much of its’ credibility with the general public.
Allowing this TV program into one’s home almost seems as if one is allowing children to play “hide and seek” in a child preditor’s dark, back yard!
On the other hand, Reality TV seems to be constantly tied to conflict; and that’s what draws viewers. This show certainly will draw viewers, …. if it’s well done, but this show is scheduled to be re-creations of the demonic, rather than real-time confrontations, …….
Reading farther, I find that it’s only the first season that will be only re-creations and interviews. Still, … if it flies, (no pun intended) they plan to go live for the second season. The first season is likely to create more skeptics, so I wondered why they were bothering …… yet, to film live exorcisms, takes time; one doesn’t just put an ad in the paper …..
Doing a show on demons, witches, ghosts, etc. will most likely create more demonic entities / spirits and activity in the spiritual realms.
When it comes down to it, demons are real and those familiar with other cultures are fully aware of that; Demonic entities only begin to manifest themselves once the public has already come to believe.
It’s as if they want to be/remain hidden until they can inhabit, possess, or intimidate believers and of course that makes the for more scoffers …. or scares the beegeebes out of believers, ….. drawing them closer to God! Maybe that’s the Vatican’s intent? ….. to scare people back into church?
Other than Catholicism, few American churches openly admit they believe in the Demonic, …. at least, not until cornered. Even fewer pastors, have experience with the real thing.
The TV show will begin with re-creating 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 church’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.
Discovery General Manager and President Clark Bunting, admits, “The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we sold it to them by convincing them “we’re not going to try to tell people what to think.”
The Exorcist Files will debut this spring on Discovery Channel; an exact date has not yet been set.