Skip to comments.Following the Truth: Satan’s Attack On The Church – What You Can Do! (Catholic or Open)
Posted on 12/01/2011 8:07:57 AM PST by Salvation
The Catholic Church and I am a life-long member has disgraced itself beyond belief. If evidence should be revealed that a Cardinal was implicit in this cover-up, he should be indicted. Im having trepidation as I prepare to attend Mass this morning. Im afraid that if my pastor reads The Cardinals BS letter, I shall have to walk out and, maybe, forever!
As someone who has left the perverse Catholic Church I can only urge all to boycott this corrupt religion. The very fact they are celibate attracts pedophiles and homosexuals to the order. Catholicism is inherently flawed and evil because of this. Look to other Christian faiths for true religion.
-online comments to February 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer articles about the priestly abuse investigation.
As a Catholic evangelist, it is impossible for me to ignore the damage caused by the priestly abuse crisis. It is the type of story embraced by the mainstream media and a favorite water cooler conversation at the office. As evidenced by the above quotes, the fallout from this tragedy has shaken peoples faith, caused them to stop donating to the Church or, in some cases, to leave the Catholic Church entirely. As demonstrated by the recent news coming out of Philadelphia, it is a story that will not die. If we take Jesus at His word, we know that the Church will never disappear (Mt 16:18), but there is no doubt that she is being damaged. As Catholics, what can (and should) we do in defense of our Church?
As ludicrous as it sounds, I propose that we start by getting to know Satan! In understanding who he is and what his goals are, well be able to better defend against his attacks on our Catholic Church. No matter what you may hear or read, the devil is very much involved in all of the evil that is taking place in the Church.
Scripture tells us clearly that Satan is a liar (Gen 3:4-5, Lk 4:6, Jn 8:44). While not able to force us to sin, he will use any means to convince us to do evil. He even had the audacity to use Scripture (Mt 4:6) when trying to tempt Jesus! The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) describes him as the one who throws himself across Gods plan and His work of salvation accomplished in Christ (CCC 2851). As a lover of evil, what does Satan enjoy?
He loves when babies are murdered through abortion. He especially enjoys the fact that he fools people into thinking that killing the unborn is a choice. He rejoices when he convinces men and women to sin mortally by looking at pornography. Its even more of a joy to him when the sin results in the breakup of a family. Speaking of families, Satan is overjoyed when he sees divorce and child abuse. All kinds of crime, especially murder, make him very happy. However, nothing thrills the devil more than when he convinces a member of the clergy to sin, especially publicly. Furthermore, if that sin involves the abuse of a child or homosexuality, thats even sweeter to Satan. Perhaps the only thing that could add to his enjoyment is when that sin by an ordained minister leads others to criticize or leave the Church entirely. Thats exactly what the devil wants. As someone who wants to stop our salvation, he will do anything he can to ensure we separate ourselves from the vehicle of that salvation, the Church!
Unfortunately, we often play right into his hands and unintentionally help him to damage the Church. Instead of focusing on the fact that Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church as a necessary vehicle for our salvation, we bad mouth and condemn the Church. We refer to the perpetrators (accused or convicted) as monsters, cry for their heads, condemn the bishops for making bad decisions and refuse to contribute to the Church. We speak and let others speak of the Church as a corrupt organization run by power hungry men. Fueled by our anger and outrage, we fail to realize that our words may cause others to leave the Church, putting their salvation in jeopardy. When we condemn The Church, we fail to recognize that there is a difference between The Church and her individual members. When one of her members (including members of the Church hierarchy) sins, it is not The Church who sins, but the individuals!
What then is the correct response to these horrible crimes committed by members of the clergy? Should it just be ignored? The first thing we need to remember is that we should not depend on the mainstream media to give us the true story of these Church scandals. While some of the information is undoubtedly true, often times the accusations are partially or completely false. What good does it do for us to focus on the alleged details and share them with others? If the topic arises at the workplace or in our social circles, we could redirect the conversation and state that the Church is a Heavenly institution and was founded by Christ. Scripture tells us that the Church is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tm 3:15). While this means that the Church cannot teach error, it does not mean that the individual members of the Church hierarchy cannot sin. Until Christ comes again in glory, the Church on earth (including the clergy) is made up of imperfect sinners. We could also remind others that the vast majority of priests and bishops are good, holy men. Although the media would like us to think otherwise, the percentage of individuals involved in these horrific acts is very small.
Additionally, we must pray daily for our Catholic clergy. St. Peter reminds us that the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour (1 Pt 5:8). If that someone is a priest or bishop, that is a special prize to Satan. If we criticize our clergy without praying for them, shame on us!
We must also keep in mind that when we criticize the Church (or her clergy), we criticize Christ. As evidence, I ask you to recall the words of Our Lord to Saul (a.k.a. St. Paul) of Tarsus on the road to Damascus. Before he went on to be the Apostle to the Gentiles, Saul was a notorious persecutor of Christians. He didnt even know Jesus, as evidenced by his question to the Lord, Who are you, sir? Christs response should send chills up and down the spine of anyone who speaks negatively about any member of the Church hierarchy, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting (Acts 9.5). Outside of the sheer ingratitude of criticizing the Savior of the world, anyone who speaks poorly about Jesus (or His Church) should become familiar with His words in Matthew 10:32-33!
I want to be absolutely clear that I am in no way recommending that we cover up any illegal acts committed by members of the Catholic clergy or ignore the horrible agony experienced by the victims. If you or someone you know is the victim of abuse by a member of the Catholic clergy, you should immediately report the issue to the police. However, I am asking you to remember how happy Satan is when the Church is damaged in any way. The devil hates Jesus, hates the Church and hates everything good. He despises it when, instead of spreading venomous stories about our Church and her Magisterium, we defend her Divine goodness. Pray for the clergy, pray for the victims, pray for the Churchs leaders, pray for the any members of the press who distort the truth for publicity. By doing so you will help to thwart Satans efforts to damage the Church and thats a GOOD thing!
Gary Zimak is the founder of Following The Truth Ministries (http://www.followingthetruth.com), a lay apostolate created to assist Catholics in learning more about their Faith. He is a regular guest on EWTN Radios Son Rise Morning Show, Ave Maria Radios Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo and appears frequently on several other Catholic radio programs. In addition to writing for CatholicLane. Mr. Zimak hosts a daily program on BlogTalkRadio and posts frequently on his blog, Facebook and Twitter. He is a member of Catholics United For The Faith and the Knights of Columbus and resides in New Jersey.
Oh, puh-leeze. Christ didn't cover up crimes; certain church officials did. For the latter to shield themselves behind the name of the former borders on blasphemy.
He references St. Paul on the road to Damascus there. Don’t you read or believe St. Paul’s description of Christ’s words?
You’re taking that quote out of context. Did you read the article???
Great post Salvation! Thank you always. God Bless you.
That is not true.
***From the article: We must also keep in mind that when we criticize the Church (or her clergy), we criticize Christ.***
“Oh, puh-leeze. Christ didn’t cover up crimes; certain church officials did. For the latter to shield themselves behind the name of the former borders on blasphemy.”
Mr. Zimak is not advocating any coverups it seems to me. Note what he also says:
***I want to be absolutely clear that I am in no way recommending that we cover up any illegal acts committed by members of the Catholic clergy or ignore the horrible agony experienced by the victims. If you or someone you know is the victim of abuse by a member of the Catholic clergy, you should immediately report the issue to the police.***
I think you misunderstood his point.
Well, if one considers that Jesus is the rock upon which the true church is built, then there is absolutely no reason to fear Satan. That is actually what it says in Matthew.
Other interpretations will produce different results.
|For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.|
|13||Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.|
|14||Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,|
|15||and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;|
|16||besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.|
**principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. **
I believe all these words refer to fallen angels and the devil.
Jack, that is where you are wrong, the rock is Peter, in Matthew, even prominent non catholic theologians admit this...and any and all attempts to bypass that plain and clear statement by christ to peter, is simply a denial of reality.
Children put their trust in clergy. To have ones innocence stolen in this way leaves the child/adult with a lifetime of emotional struggle.
Many times unable to trust or function within relationships, often leads to all manner of sexual dysfunction to multiple marriages/divorce.
This more times than not translates into a dysfunction in their faith life as well. Feelings of guilt, shame, unworthiness and a warped perception as to who their Lord truly is to them. Some run away from God, never to return.
Folks need to look much deeper into the type of damage something like this causes.
Reading C.S. Lewis’ discussions on this has permanently modified any illusion that Evil is merely a human issue
The Screwtape Letters
The Space Trilogy
The Narnia Septology
and many other examples
Tear the Veil between Satanic and Human Evil
Oh, Satan is most happy these days, I am sure. We must keep praying.
The evil within the hearts of men, men in the Church, will never destroy Christ’s Church, but will certainly smear it in most ugly ways, not unlike enemies outside the Church with eveil likewise in their own hearts.
The Church will be cleaned up by those who have faith, hope, and charity in their hearts, be they priests and up or the laity. Jesus will make use of both.
And He has been. Praise Him.
Now, universities and schools and non-profits and other faith ministries will look to the most publicized example for direction as the Church continues to figure out how to protect human dignity and bring Justice as well for the violated.
After the bubonic plague, when 2/3 of priests were dead and 1/3 of Europe, the Church needed priests and there weren’t the seminaries to educate them. This lead to abuses that led Martin Luther to break. The Church began to reflect and clean up its act - leading to seminaries to better teach the faith. Our seminaries broke down in the last century - and our Church is making changes.
Thank You Jesus. Help the violated - both the victims and the wrongly accused.
Faith, Hope, Charity. That’s what we need. The three theological virtures.
Jesus is the rock of the church. There can be no other.