Had to share this because I thought it was so bizarre. Call me stupid, but I thought all Christians (including Catholics) knew Satan exists. Am I wrong?
On Monday, May 12, Lauren Barbato of Bustle wrote an article stating that Pope Francis talks more about Satan than Catholic Church leaders have since 1987, when Pope John Paul II gave a speech where he blamed “the disorder we see in society, the infidelity of man, the interior fragmentation of which he is a victim” at least partly on the devil. She said Francis’s position that Satan, as described in the Bible, is a being who literally exists is confusing to some Catholics. Barbato added that the Catholic theologian Vito Mancuso is opposed to the Pope’s teachings on this subject because he “is opening the door to superstition.”
In the Washington Post article that Barbato cited, Anthony Faiola added that some leaders within the Vatican view him as less progressive than his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI where his beliefs about Satan are concerned. In recent years, it has become popular in the U.S. and western Europe to talk about Satan in more allegorical terms.
On Saturday, May 10.Faiola reported, “After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind unto damnation…..
“Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image as a supernatural entity with the forces of evil at his beck and call. (more at The Examiner)
So, if one believes the Devil/Satan exists it’s considered “old school” or “superstition?” What do those who deny his existence do with all these scriptures: