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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 popes harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vaticans former ambassador to Washington.
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Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The devil huh? So, is Francis throwing his good buddy Satan under the bus? That can’t turn out well for Frankie.
No, Frank....the people who are to blame are the Communist anti-Capitalist like yourself.
Why not God Himself?
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
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.
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.
So ... he’s blaming himself?
one of the popes harshest critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
Sorry but this Pope is a loon
Evidently it didn't occur to him.
Does a mirror image of the Pope appear when Pope Marx walks past a mirror?
IMHO, Francis is the devil!
Why not God Himself?
That’s who I pray to
Through the only mediator.
It works for me.
How ‘bout getting rid of the Sodomites and Stalinists, Frank ?
He just needs to look in the mirror to see the devil's spawn...
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