Pope Gets Medieval in Fight Against Devil
Old-school attitude raises Vatican eyebrows
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2014 2:06 AM CDT
Updated May 12, 2014 3:43 AM CDT
This was not an exorcism, according to the Vatican.   (AP Photo/APTN)

(Newser) – Pope Francis has become known for his progressive attitudes but Vatican insiders say his approach to Satan is decidedly old-school, far more so than his recent predecessors, the Washington Post finds. In many sermons, the pontiff has warned that the devil is a real, ever-present evil entity that people need to be on their guard against. "Pope Francis never stops talking about the devil; it’s constant," says a senior Vatican bishop. "Had Pope Benedict done this, the media would have clobbered him."

Bishops who speak of Satan as an allegorical figure may not be pleased by the pope's approach, but exorcists are delighted to have a pontiff on their side. "The sad truth is that there are many bishops and priests in our church who do not really believe in the devil," says the Vatican's former chief exorcist. "I believe Pope Francis is speaking to them. Because when you don’t believe, the devil wins." Francis himself was seen laying hands on a Mexican pilgrim last year in what the Vatican says was merely a prayer, though it looked a lot like an exorcism to many observers.

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Hudson Valley Chronic
May 19, 2014 12:15 AM CDT
Speaking as a lapsed Episcopalian/reluctant atheist waiting until Judgment Day to get things sorted out, I have to say my tendency has been to appreciate a lot of what this guy has said so far. I just hope he doesn't turn out to be some kind of cynical liar, telling people all the BS they want to hear just to keep them from jumping off a sinking ship. Anyway, here's a tune by my fellow reluctant atheist, Biff Thuringer, whose take on The Evil One -- if only in a metaphorical sense -- isn't far removed from that of His Holiness: https://soundcloud.com/biff-thuringer/devils-cry
Allister Fraser
May 16, 2014 10:27 PM CDT
Would someone explain to me how the devil benefits from its evil? And do not tell me it then owns a soul or two. If I owned someones soul and could find a buyer, it would be gone. And if you want to buy it, I have a great bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn I can let go for a song.
morgan
May 12, 2014 11:15 AM CDT
"...Because when you don’t believe, the devil wins." What a crock of bull. I saw the devil and the devil is humanity. There is no 'bogeyman' out there other than how we treat each other and our fellow earthly co-habitants.