A couple of years ago there was an actual haunting around Chicago where a priest was helping a woman. It made front page headlines.
I think it is that our church recognizes and deals with this type of work more so than other denoms. In fact other denoms recommend this work to the Catholic priest because they do not know how to cope with it. So now this is part of our image. And then again there are more exorcist priests in the U.S. than ever before.
And there have been several movies of exorcist and Devil stuff where Hollywood portrayed a priest as the one who dealt with this.
Back in the 40’s, the church’s image was one of kindness and charity in hollywood, the time of Bing Crosby. There were lots of “nice” movies made about the church and it was treated favorably then. There were no exorcist movies, just werewolf, vampire, and frankinstein stories.