The Pope, the Paper and the Prince of Darkness

by Datechguy | May 12th, 2014

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The Pope, the Paper and the Prince of Darkness

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.

The Exor­cist 1972

Theyll [the left] always tell us who they fear

Rush Lim­baugh

One of the things we’ve talked about here at DaT­e­chguy blog con­cern­ing Pope Fran­cis has been how the media has tended to ignore sto­ries that don’t fit the nar­ra­tive they’ve con­structed of him.

So I was really sur­prised to see the Wash­ing­ton Post decide that this aspect of Fran­cis mes­sage war­ranted their attention

After his lit­tle more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis’s teach­ings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hell­ish forces plot­ting to deliver mankind unto damnation.

Largely under the radar, the­olo­gians and Vat­i­can insid­ers say, Fran­cis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in ser­mons and speeches than his recent pre­de­ces­sors have, but also sought to rekin­dle the Devil’s image as a super­nat­ural entity with the forces­ of evil at his beck and call.

We’ve noticed the Pope’s will­ing­ness to bluntly talk about the devil before but appar­ently in this Har­vard Black Mass world this seems to have got­ten some peo­ple hack­les up

by focus­ing on old-​school inter­pre­ta­tions of the Devil, some pro­gres­sive the­olo­gians com­plain, the pope is under­min­ing his rep­u­ta­tion as a leader who in so many other ways appears to be more in step with mod­ern soci­ety than his predecessor.

“He is open­ing the door to super­sti­tion,” said Vito Man­cuso, a Catholic the­olo­gian and writer.

The com­plaints of pro­gres­sive “catholic the­olo­gians” con­cern­ing “super­sti­tion” are as amus­ing as the Bap­tist min­is­ter who has no prob­lem with Joshua stop­ping the sun, Jonah in the Whale, Christ feed­ing 5000 or Peter heal­ing the crip­ple but calls the Eucharist a “magic trick”. If you claim to be a Catholic the­olo­gian and say “the Devil is super­sti­tion” then you’re doing it wrong.

This is a real change for the press com­pared to his predecessor

“Had Pope Bene­dict done this, the media would have clob­bered him.”

Mind you this is a rather mild cri­tique yet the media giv­ing air to any com­plaints at all to the first Latin Amer­i­can Pope is unusual. I find it fas­ci­nat­ing and telling that of all the things the Pope has done it is this that begins the attack upon him.

Why?

I sus­pect it’s because belief in the exis­tence of the Devil runs counter to the two pil­lars of the sec­u­lar left: Moral rel­a­tivism & con­se­quence free action. How can one pro­mote hedo­nism and moral rel­a­tivism with­out worry if there are not only absolute stan­dards of good and evil but eter­nal con­se­quences for the wrong choice?

Some ideas are just too dan­ger­ous to let stand and for the media this is the sig­nal to turn.

They might have let a lot of things go but once you start acknowl­edg­ing the Devil’s exis­tence, that’s a bridge too far.

Update: It took a full week after the fact for Mau­reen Down to cry foul over the Vat­i­can insist­ing Catholic nuns believe in Christ

I sub­mit & sug­gest that if the Pope isn’t hit­ting the devil this push­back doesn’t come.

Update: Linked by the Anchoress Thanks, mean­while Cap­tain Ed Mor­ris­sey not­ing the Har­vard black Mass BS from Harvard’s Pres­i­dent explains why the Pope is talk­ing so much about the devil

Per­haps it’s because it’s becom­ing more necessary.

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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.

The Exorcist 1972

Theyll [the left] always tell us who they fear

Rush Limbaugh

One of the things we’ve talked about here at DaTechguy blog concerning Pope Francis has been how the media has tended to ignore stories that don’t fit the narrative they’ve constructed of him.

So I was really surprised to see the Washington Post decide that this aspect of Francis message warranted their attention

After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind unto damnation.

Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image as a supernatural entity with the forces­ of evil at his beck and call.

We’ve noticed the Pope’s willingness to bluntly talk about the devil before but apparently in this Harvard Black Mass world this seems to have gotten some people hackles up

by focusing on old-school interpretations of the Devil, some progressive theologians complain, the pope is undermining his reputation as a leader who in so many other ways appears to be more in step with modern society than his predecessor.

“He is opening the door to superstition,” said Vito Mancuso, a Catholic theologian and writer.

The complaints of progressive “catholic theologians” concerning “superstition” are as amusing as the Baptist minister who has no problem with Joshua stopping the sun, Jonah in the Whale, Christ feeding 5000 or Peter healing the cripple but calls the Eucharist a “magic trick”.  If you claim to be a Catholic theologian and say “the Devil is superstition” then you’re doing it wrong.

This is a real change for the press compared to his predecessor

“Had Pope Benedict done this, the media would have clobbered him.”

Mind you this is a rather mild critique yet the media giving air to any complaints at all to the first Latin American Pope is unusual.   I find it fascinating and telling that of all the things the Pope has done it is this that begins the attack upon him.

Why?

I suspect it’s because belief in the existence of the Devil runs counter to  the two pillars of the secular left: Moral relativism & consequence free action.  How can one promote hedonism and moral relativism without worry if there are not only absolute standards of good and evil but eternal consequences for the wrong choice?

Some ideas are just too dangerous to let stand and for the media this is the signal to turn.

They might have let a lot of things go but once you start acknowledging the Devil’s existence, that’s a bridge too far.

Update: It took a full week after the fact for Maureen Down to cry foul over the Vatican insisting Catholic nuns believe in Christ

I submit & suggest that if the Pope isn’t hitting the devil this pushback doesn’t come.

Update: Linked by the Anchoress Thanks, meanwhile Captain Ed Morrissey noting the Harvard black Mass BS from Harvard’s President explains why the Pope is talking so much about the devil

Perhaps it’s because it’s becoming more necessary.

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