The Devil and Pope Francis: The Holy Father Mentions Satan ... A Lot
The Spectator (U.K.) notes that, under Pope Francis, "Satan is Back". Guess what, folks? He was always there, and his greatest trick was making you think he wasn't.
... The precipitous decline in Britain in the number of those who believe in God was long preceded by the disappearance of the Devil even from the cognizance of Christian believers.Others talking about Pope Francis' frequent mentions of the diabolical include:
Is this about to change? Soon after his election, Pope Francis told the College of Cardinals not ‘to give in to the pessimism, to that bitterness, that the Devil places before us every day’. More radically, in his first homily as Pope, he quoted the French author from the turn of the 20th century, Léon Bloy: ‘He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the Devil.’ Bloy was a zealous, even belligerent Catholic: he believed, like Pope Francis, in spiritual renewal through poverty and suffering, and eschewed any compromise with the world....
Michael Sean Winters