As the official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Chicago, it's the Rev. Jeffrey Grob's job to expel demons from those cursed by the devil. But when it comes to demonic possession, Grob is the first to admit he's a skeptic.
When he receives the call - 'Father, I am possessed by the devil' - he doesn't drop everything, grab a black bag and run to the victim to say some prayers.
'If only it was that easy,' said the 49-year-old Wisconsin native, who spoke Friday to a crowd of more than 100 people at a Catholic Citizens of Illinois forum titled 'The Consummate Deceiver: The Devil in the Modern World.'
Instead, he approaches with caution. According to the Roman Catholic Church, exorcism is a rite performed only by a select number of priests to drive out evil spirits that, on rare occasions, can infiltrate human beings.