I am a great admirer of Pope Francis who has brought to the Catholic church a new sense of care and responsibility for those who are poor and oppressed. He has challenged the Catholic hierarchy to fight for human rights. So, it is somewhat surprising to discover that Pope Francis is also engaged in another war against evil. He apparently believes int the existence of the Devil himself. The Pope has gone out of his way to aid those who believe themselves possessed by evil and will lay his hands on their heads to rid the afflicted of the Devil. He recently commented to the media that many claim he is old fashioned to speak about the Devil in the 21st century. His response, “look out because the Devil is here.”
Father Gabriele Amorta, a leading figure in the fight against evil and one who believes in exorcism pointed out an important point about Pope Francis and the fight against the Devil. “The sad truth is that there are many bishops and priests in pour church who do not really believe in the Devil. Because when you don’t believe the Devil wins.” I can understand that feeling, I live in the United States of America which contains Devils seeking to destroy the lives of poor people. Of course, our Devils go by the name of the Koch Brothers and the NRA.