CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 05, 1974
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(Studio) Interest in exorcism grows.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Plot of "The Exorcist" reviewed; long lines continue outside all theaters showing "The Exorcist." Georgetown University was scene for most of film. Exorcism rites are as old as man. [Psychologist at Georgetown Father Juan CORTES - thinks exorcism rites can create more problems than they solve.] [Executive Vice President at Georgetown, Father Edmund RYAN - explains exorcism rite. Exorcism not superstition.] "The Exorcist" is based on true story of exorcism performed on 14 year old. Scenes from movie shown. Father Francis O'Hern performed real exorcism. [Father Eugene GALLAGHER - describes rites and O'Hern's experiences with 14 year old.] A miracle and exorcism must be accepted on faith if authenticity questioned.
REPORTER: Sharron Lovejoy
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