Father Lankester Merrin
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Father Lankester Merrin (Character)
from The Exorcist (1973)

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The Exorcist (1973)
Father Merrin: Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.

Father Merrin: I cast you out! Unclean spirit!
Demon: Shove it up your ass, you faggot!
Father Merrin: In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is he who commands you! It is he who flung you from the gates of Heaven to the depths of Hell!
Demon: Fuck him!
Father Merrin: Be gone...
Demon: Fuck him, Karras! Fuck him!
Father Merrin: ...from this creature of God! Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced...
Father Merrin: There is only one.

Chris MacNeil: Would you like some bourbon in that, father?
Father Merrin: Well, my doctor says I shouldn't but thank God my will is weak.

[repeated lines]
Father Merrin, Father Damien Karras: The Power of Christ compels you!

Father Damien Karras: Why her? Why this girl?
Father Merrin: I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.

Father Merrin: [looking at the Pazuzu Amulet] Evil against evil.

[2000 version]
Father Merrin: [on his way to begin the exorcism] What is your daughter's middle name, Mrs. MacNeil?
Chris MacNeil: Teresa.
Father Merrin: What a lovely name.

Father Damien Karras: Would you like to hear about the case, first?
Father Merrin: Why?


Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
Father Merrin: Everbody died... Who buried them?

[last lines]
Father Merrin: It's Father Merrin.

Father Merrin: Having orgies including goats doesn't make them possessed, simply horny... and inventive.


Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Father Merrin: Not only Kokumo, but others like him began to appear in the world. I found these people where I could, and tried to protect them against evil. So Satan has sent Pazuzu to destroy this goodness. Phillip, you must take my place. She's precious, and I entrust her to you.


Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Father Lankester Merrin: I believed God let us decide between good and evil. I chose good. Evil happened.