Pope Francis: Satan Is Stalking The Catholic Church

Source: Huffington Post

By Mary Papenfuss

He urges the faithful to call on Michael the archangel for help against the “malign one” amid new sexual abuse scandals.

Pope Francis is blaming the devil for undermining the Roman Catholic Church, Reuters reports, as it is hit by more accusations of sexual misconduct and cover-ups by clergy and church officials.

He again asked people Sunday at St. Peter’s Square to pray daily throughout the month to Michael the archangel to “counter the attacks from the devil who wants to divide the Church,” according to a statement from the Vatican. In the Bible, Michael is the leader of the angels who cast Lucifer out of heaven.

The Catholic Church must be “saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser,” Francis said on Sept. 29.


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The church must “at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” he continued.

The Vatican has been rocked recently by allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Germany, the U.S. and Chile. And conservative Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s former ambassador to Washington, claimed in an 11-page document in August that Francis and other church officials knew for years about sexual misconduct by now-former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick with seminarians in the U.S. yet protected him.

Viganò was furious about the pope’s latest messages, claiming in a statement that Francis “compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name,” Reuters reported.

Two weeks after Viganò issued his document, Francis said in a sermon to bishops that the “‘Great Accuser’ has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops,” he said. “He tries to uncover the sins so they are visible in order to scandalize the people.”

The Hebrew word “satan” used in the Bible means “accuser” or “adversary.”

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6 replies

  1. I would suggest that the Catholic Church has always been like that, nothing new. And that is without mentioning the corruption. I have a couple of interesting books about what went/goes on in that institution. Although I quite like the present Pope. I just wish he would get himself another job (although a bit late in life), where he could really put all his goodwill and compassion to work.

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