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Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel's help
al Reuters ^ | OCTOBER 8, 2018 / 5:49 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO | Philip Pullella

Posted on 10/08/2018 3:35:41 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.

In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.

“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.

Since he was elected in 2013, Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real. In a document in April on holiness in the modern world, Francis mentioned the devil more than a dozen times.

“We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable,” he wrote in the document.

The Church has recently been hit by one sexual abuse scandal after another, from Germany, to the United States, to Chile. At the same time, a deepening polarization between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media.

Francis’ use of the term “the great accuser” to describe Satan hit a raw nerve with one of the pope’s harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s former ambassador to Washington.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antipope; homosexualagenda; popefrancis; romancatholicism
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1 posted on 10/08/2018 3:35:41 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Jesus, Mary and Joseph.


2 posted on 10/08/2018 3:36:29 PM PDT by onyx (JOIN 300 CLUB BY DONATING $34 MONTHLY! TRUMP'S WAY IS THE WINNING WAY!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The devil huh? So, is Francis throwing his good buddy Satan under the bus? That can’t turn out well for Frankie.


3 posted on 10/08/2018 3:38:07 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx D)
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No, Frank....the people who are to blame are the Communist anti-Capitalist like yourself.


4 posted on 10/08/2018 3:38:50 PM PDT by Beave Meister (Leave the gun. Take the cannoli....)
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Angels?

Why not God Himself?


5 posted on 10/08/2018 3:39:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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How about gay perverted priests? leave Satan out of this, these are men of the cloth who are suppose to be stronger than you and I


6 posted on 10/08/2018 3:40:03 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I love the Prayer to St. Michael. Had to click the link to find out which one it was though. I think Vigano is far from the bad guy here, IMHO.


7 posted on 10/08/2018 3:40:26 PM PDT by Prince of Space (UNBORN LIVES MATTER!)
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8 posted on 10/08/2018 3:41:16 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!)
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Oh... NOW he wants prayer - not for strength against the sin of homosexuality or the destruction of marriage which all must be kowtowed to the secular/socialist interests. Not for saving the earth from global warming which must be done only by government control and fiat.

Not for the Chinese nationalization of the Catholic Church...

But when it comes to pedophile priests that are direct underlined to the Francis suddenly we must pray and ignore these attacks as from Satan.


9 posted on 10/08/2018 3:42:06 PM PDT by Skywise
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So ... he’s blaming himself?


10 posted on 10/08/2018 3:42:11 PM PDT by maggief
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
In case you missed Pullella's point:

one of the pope’s harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

11 posted on 10/08/2018 3:42:49 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Every time a lefty cries "racism", a Trump voter gets his wings.)
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Sorry but this Pope is a loon


12 posted on 10/08/2018 3:43:01 PM PDT by Bell Bouy II
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#5: "Angels? Why not God Himself?"

Evidently it didn't occur to him.
 

13 posted on 10/08/2018 3:43:25 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Does a mirror image of the Pope appear when Pope Marx walks past a mirror?


14 posted on 10/08/2018 3:45:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

IMHO, Francis is the devil!


15 posted on 10/08/2018 3:45:28 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Boycott The NFL! Molon Labe! Oathkeeper)
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Angels?
Why not God Himself?

……………………………………………………………………..

That’s who I pray to

Through the only mediator.

It works for me.


16 posted on 10/08/2018 3:45:41 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.)
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How ‘bout getting rid of the Sodomites and Stalinists, Frank ?


17 posted on 10/08/2018 3:50:41 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

18 posted on 10/08/2018 3:51:14 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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19 posted on 10/08/2018 3:51:38 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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"Pope blames devil..."

He just needs to look in the mirror to see the devil's spawn...

20 posted on 10/08/2018 3:52:22 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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