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The Devil Inside

Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

In the 1980s an American woman, Maria Rossi, murders two priests and a nun as they carry out an exorcism for her.  She is arrested but found non guilty by reason of insanity at her trial. She is sent to an asylum and for some strange reason the Vatican intervenes and has her transferred to a mental hospital in Rome.
Twenty years on her daughter leads a documentary film crew to Rome as she seeks to visit her mother and  try to arrange an exorcism for her.
Last year “The Rite” was released, based on a non-fiction book by Matt Baglio. I liked “The Rite” film, because though fictionalized, it reflected Catholic teaching and practice about exorcism accurately. Most importantly, it showed that the rite of exorcism, through the grace of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, relieves suffering.
“The Devil Inside” however, plays fast and loose with accuracy. It’s like “The Blair Witch Project” goes to Rome.  It’s a horror flick. I am sure the filmmakers must have read “The Rite” because they get some things right, but their bias against the Church as expressed by two priests who exorcise Maria without permission of the Vatican, is odd and thus renders the inner logic of the film quite flawed.
“The Devil Inside” won the box office last weekend, but I thought it was a boring rehash of the same old story. The good part is that the film reminds people that the devil is still around and he sure doesn’t seem to be leaving Hollywood anytime soon.

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Gianna Beretta Molla: 
		<p>In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! </p>
		<p>She was born in Magenta (near Milano) as the 10th of Alberto and Maria’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Gianna earned degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia and opened a clinic in Mesero. Gianna also enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing.</p>
		<p>Shortly before her 1955 marriage to Pietro Molla, Gianna wrote to him: “Love is the most beautiful sentiment that the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.” She and Peter had three children, Pierlluigi, Maria Zita and Laura. </p>
		<p>Early in the pregnancy for her fourth child, doctors discovered that Gianna had both a child and a tumor in her uterus. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor but not to perform the complete hysterectomy that they recommended, which would have killed the child. Seven months later, Gianna Emanuela was born, The following week Gianna Beretta Molla died in Monza of complications from childbirth. She is buried in Mesero.</p>
		<p>Gianna Emanuela went on to become a physician herself. Gianna Beretta Molla was beatified in 1994 and canonized 10 years later.</p>
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