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
They‘ll [the left] always tell us who they fear
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.
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.
Perhaps it’s because it’s becoming more necessary.
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