Exorcist Comes to Beaumont
Father Gary Thomas admitted that not everyone believes in demonic possession.
Not all Catholics, not all Catholic priests and not all Catholic bishops.
While few dispute the existence of evil in the world, a literal personification of that seems like something from another era.
Thomas just knows what he’s seen, and what the Bible teaches.
“It’s in the scriptures,” he said. “It’s taught by the Catholic Church as a tenet of faith. People make a leap and believe God exists; I’ve never doubted Satan’s existences.”
Thomas, one of few Vatican trained exorcists, flew from his parish in San Jose, Calif, Monday to speak to priests, parishioners and others at the invitation of Bishop Curtis Guillory of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont.
Every pew was full at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica for a public lecture given by Thomas. He led with a presentation on his experience, knowledge he’s gained over the years and a time for people to ask questions.
Thomas explained that he leads a healing ministry, that sometimes has “very dramatic” moments.
“Every person comes to me with a story of suffering,” Thomas said. “Much of the time, people who come are suffering from issues with mental health. We have to have a ministry to guide people to be freed from whatever they are suffering from.”