Fr. Gary Thomas si the subject of the book, The Rite, and the 2011 movie of the same name. he is the pastor of Sacred heart Church in 'Saratoga, CA and the Exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose.
Evil has not fallen ourt of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed to meet a need that still exists, kue to more people delving inot New Age and occult practices. And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality. “They come into the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a black mass.”
He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger and trained his extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion so that ehy not whether people receiving Communion are acturally consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhaer for obscene purposes. Fr. thomas believes just a surely as a person can summon God through prayer, through other rituals, the deil can be called, too.
Robert Spitzer was born in Honolulu, then the Untied States Territory of Hawaii, on May 16, 1952, the son of Arthur H. Spitzer and Blanche H. Van Oort Spitzer. He went to Punahou School, graduating in 1970 as a member of the National Honor Society. Spitzer received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus on public accounting and finance (magna cum Laude) in 1978, a Master of Divinity degree from the Gregorian University inRome (summa cum laude) in 1983, a Master of Theology degree in Scripture from the Weston School, now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, in Cambridge, MA, (summa cum laude) in 1984, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (summa cum laude), in 1988. His dissertation, under Paul Weiss, is entitled “A Study of Objectively Real Time”. Spitzer entered the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in August, 1974. He took his first religious vows in August, 1976. He was ordained a priest in June 1983, and professed the fourth vow particular to the Society in April 1994. His theological interests focus on two areas: 1) fundamental theology and 2) New Testament scripture studies. He was the co-director of the Institute on Faith and Reason at Gonzaga University.
Spitzer's interests in New Testament scripture studies focus on Christology. His thesis at the Gregorian University in Rome was entitled, The Influence of Sophia Speculation on Early Christological Hymns. His thesis at the Weston School in Cambridge, for which he won the American Bible Society award, is entitled, The Depth Grammar of “Pneuma” and “En Christo” in I Cor: 12. He is currently completing on Christology entitled, The Unconditional Love of God in Jesus Christ.