Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Pope And The Devil: Is Francis an Exorcist?

The secular media is at it again: "The Pope And The Devil: Is Francis an Exorcist?," an (AP) headline said recently. The reporter wrote as much because the Holy Father has mentioned the devil "on a handful of occasions" within a two month period. Bethany Blankley retorted not: "He's Just a Christian who Believes in the Devil."

What would Francis have Catholics think on the reality of Satan? No doubt, he would admonish listeners to take the advice of his predecessor, the first Pope:  "Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour;" and to listen to the Apostle, who encouraged Christians to "Put on the full armor of God so as to be able to resist the devil's tactics."

As I discussed at length in The Smoke of Satan, Jesus and the apostles had much to say about the reality of the devil. Thus the Pope rightly writes and speaks about the reality in which Christians are supposed to believe. But will those excited by his accession as Vicar of Christ heed his call?