Friday, November 22, 2013

A bishop explains minor exorcisms

Much of the western Catholic world has been lulled into the belief that the devil doesn't exist. So much more comfortable to believe we are all going to Heaven, that Hell, if it does exist, is empty (a la Fr. Barron...see here and here), and that the idea of exorcising demons is a quaint leftover from the pre-conciliar Church.

If ever there was a successful diabolical thrust, it is that the devil does not exist. For what is one result? The heresy of universal salvation, which negates the duty of evangelising one's neighbors, one's family, even one's own self. It makes sin, and therefore Hell, of no import.

Making sin of no import has allowed the following to FLOURISH in our nation, and indeed the world:

  • Abortion
  • Same Sex Marriage
  • Pornography
  • Increasing encroachment on the inherent rights of man by secular governments
  • Divorce and destruction of the traditional family
  • Rise in paganism, atheism, satanic worship

Now to Bishop Paprocki, a righteous man of God. His state, Illinois, approved same sex marriage. The Bishop responded with minor prayers of reparation at the moment the law was signed. Here is his homily on that occasion. It should be read in its entirety, but here are some gems:

It is not hateful to say that an immoral action is sinful. On the contrary, the most compassionate thing we can do is help people to turn away from sin. To ignore another person's wrongful actions is a sign of apathy or indifference, while fraternal correction is motivated by love for that person's well-being, as can be seen by the fact that our Lord Jesus himself urged such correction.

And this:

This is a key point which the secularists are missing: they think that stressing God's mercy means that sins are no longer sins. On the contrary, God's mercy is a great gift of grace precisely because sins are sins and they call for repentance and forgiveness. Note from the interview, when he was asked to describe himself, Pope Francis said simply, "I am a sinner." After a brief pause, he amplifies this self-identity in the understanding of a Christian who has been saved by Christ, saying, "I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon."

And this:

Our prayer service today and my words are not meant to demonize anyone, but are intended to call attention to the diabolical influences of the devil that have penetrated our culture, both in the state and in the Church. These demonic influences are not readily apparent to the undiscerning eye, which is why they are so deceptive.

And one more (but do read the entire homily):

The Prayers for "Supplication and Exorcism Which May Be Used in Particular Circumstances of the Church" are taken from the Appendices to the 2004 Latin edition of the Rite of Exorcism, the introduction to which explains, "The presence of the Devil and other demons appears and exists not only in the tempting or tormenting of persons, but also in the penetration of things and places in a certain manner by their activity, and in various forms of opposition to and persecution of the Church. If the Diocesan Bishop, in particular situations, judges it appropriate to announce gatherings of the faithful for prayer, under the leadership and direction of a Priest, elements for arranging a rite of supplication may be taken from [the texts provided in these appendices]"...Since the legal redefinition of marriage is contrary to God's plan, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin. Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin. We must pray for forgiveness of these sins and deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our Church. The Church stands ready to extend God's mercy to those who confess their sins with true repentance and a firm purpose of amendment in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Bishop Paprocki mentions the book The Devil You Don't Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life by Fr. Louis J. Cameli as a good resource for understanding how the devil operates today, as opposed to the Hollywood versions we are accustomed to seeing.

Note that the Bishop specifically mentions this "evil which has penetrated our state and our Church." If you do not hear regular homilies exposing the evil of same sex marriage, you can be assured your little corner of the Church has been penetrated.

One thing you can do is to begin saying the St. Michael Prayer again after Mass.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

H/t to Creative Minority Report.

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