For Jesuits Satan no longer exists

CP&S comment – In light of the continuing refusal of Pope Francis to either answer the straightforward questions of the ‘Dubia‘ made public last year, or to even grant an audience to the four Cardinals, co-authors of the Dubia, to discuss the evident reigning confusion over the Church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage after the publication of Amoris laetitia, diverging from the clear Words of Christ Himself and taught throughout the long history of the Catholic Church…. one could frankly ask oneself these searching questions:

Does Pope Francis not “fear God”? Does he not fear God’s holy justice for those who lead the souls of men into peril (Mark 9:42)? Does he think Our Lord (and subsequently the Catholic Church) got it wrong for twenty centuries before he became Pope? Are Cardinals (who are in ecclesiastic terms, the pope’s advisors) deemed unworthy of being taken seriously and therefore can be humiliated and ignored?  Pope Francis claims to believe in the Devil: but is he unaware of the Devil’s ‘wiles’ and ‘snares’ that he appears to have fallen victim to?

The following insightful article from the SSPX, though respectful towards Pope Francis, elucidates the root problem among many in the Church today (not excepting plenty of Jesuits!) A weakening in the belief of the existence of the Devil invariably leads eventually to a weakening of belief in God. One or two steps later, and we find we have fallen victim to the topical ‘Cult of Man’ – a belief that Man alone is in charge of his own destiny, for Man has become his own ‘g’od. Once again he is repeating the Devil’s original denial: “I will not serve”!


For Jesuits Satan no longer exists. He is one “of the symbolic figures” we have created to express the consequences of the evil choices men make


It is astonishing, disturbing, and saddening to read certain remarks that seem to question the Faith of the Church founded by Jesus Christ.

It is sometimes said that the devil does not really exist, as if belief in the devil was optional or even debatable in the Church. Satan would be just a way of speaking of the mystery of evil in our lives, a symbol belonging to an outdated culture of bygone days. But is he really?

The trend is towards disbelief, even in the Catholic Church. For example, on May 31, 2017, Fr. Arturo Sosa, the Jesuit Superior General – traditionally known as the “Black Pope” because of the importance of his position – ventured to broach the theme of evil in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

To the question of the journalist, who asks whether the question of evil finds its explanation in a process of purely human psychology or comes from a higher being, Fr. Sosa gave an answer so astounding that it is worth quoting in full:

From my point of view, evil is part of the mystery of freedom. If the human being is free, he can choose between good and evil. Christians believe that we are made in the image and likeness of God, and God is free, but He always chooses to do good because He is all goodness. We have created symbolic figures, such as the devil, to express [the reality of] evil. Social conditioning can also represent this figure, since there are people who act [in an evil way] because they are in an environment where it is difficult to act to the contrary.

In other words, evil is reduced to a purely psychological dimension and to an a priori category that is really just the fruit of the history of mentalities.

Fr. Sosa was answered from the opposite perspective by a son of St. Francis on the other side of the Atlantic. Archbishop Charles Chaput, a Capuchin, is in charge of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In his column on June 5, a few days after the resounding publication of the El Mundo interview, the prelate wrote on the question of evil, offering an analysis of the ideas of Leszek Kołakowski (1927-2009), a Polish Catholic philosopher known for his criticism of Marxism: “The devil and evil are constants at work in human history and in the struggles of every human soul,” he once declared.

The archbishop continued on a sharper tone: “And note that Kolakowski – unlike some of our own Catholic leaders who should know better – was not using the word ‘devil’ as a symbol of the darkness in our own hearts, or a metaphor for the bad things that happen in the world.” It’s hard not to see this as a dig at the General of the Jesuits.

Archbishop Chaput’s final remark is also very interesting: “The devil, more than anyone, appreciates this irony, i.e., that we can’t fully understand the mission of Jesus without him. And he exploits this to his full advantage. He knows that consigning him to myth inevitably sets in motion our same treatment of God.” He could hardly have made it more clear: denying the existence of the devil sooner or later leads to a profession of atheism.

Fr. Sosa is known for being close to the current pope. However, Francis does not share the Jesuit’s opinion on the mystery of evil – far from it. In a compilation of then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s letters, homilies, and talks called, “Only Love Can Save Us”, the existence of the devil is clearly asserted: “Careful: we are not fighting against human powers, but against the powers of darkness. Just like he did with Jesus, Satan will seek to seduce us, to lead us astray, to offer us ‘viable alternatives’.”

More recently, on October 30, 2014, in a homily during his morning Mass at Santa Marta, the Holy Father was very explicit: to think they have “made people think that the devil was a myth, a character, an idea, the concept of evil. The devil exists and we have to fight against him.”

On this point, the pope is faithful to the teaching of the Church.

The holy Gospels are full of references to the fact that the Devil really exists as a person. Jesus confronts the prince of Darkness several times when He practices exorcisms on possessed people. He meets him personally in the desert before vigorously driving him away: “Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve” (Mt. 4:10). He speaks of him in His teachings, describing Satan’s action in the world, or announcing that the “gates of hell” will never prevail against the Church He is going to found (Mt. 16:18).

Likewise, St. Paul, in his epistles, makes a clear distinction between the sins of men and the one who inspires them, Satan and the other evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. He exhorts us to put on “the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). The great Apostle himself is tried, lest the greatness of the revelations made to him exalt him: “There was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me” (II Cor. 12:7).

As for St. John, he gives us the words of Christ that are anything but ambiguous: “Now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (Jn. 12: 31). In the Apocalypse, he presents the victory of the immolated Lamb after a terrible battle against Satan, his angels and his followers: “And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Apoc. 12:9).

In keeping with Sacred Scripture, all of Tradition unanimously asserts the existence of Satan and the evil spirits.

The Fathers of the Church unmask them in their battles against the errors of the gnostics and the heresies spread by the prince of lies. Among them are Tertullian, St. Irenaeus, Origen, St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nazianzus, St. John Chrysostom, St. Eusebius of Vercelli, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Leo the Great, and others.

The devil is a creature of God; he was initially excellent and even brilliant, but he did not remain in the truth where it had been established: The devil “was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof” (Jn. 8:44). Satan rose up against the Lord, and the evil was not in his nature, but in a free and contingent act of his own will, an act of pure malice and revolt, by which he sought to take the place of God.

When the Manichean dualism resurfaced with the Cathars and the Albigensians, the Fourth Ecumenical Council of the Lateran, in 1215, solemnly taught that “the devil and other demons were created by God naturally good, but they became evil by their own doing. Man, however, sinned at the prompting of the devil.”

The existence of Satan therefore has indeed been constantly maintained by the Faith of the Church. It is a truth that is not up for debate, for it is an integral part of her most solemn teaching. It has been asserted by multiple councils under the form of professions of faith.

By Christ and holy baptism, the Christian is set free from the devil’s dominion (Council of Florence, 1442). Through justification by grace, he escapes the “power of the devil and of death” (Council of Trent, 1547), but if he sins again, he is again delivered “into the power of the devil”, unless he resorts to the sacrament of penance (Council of Trent, 1551). Such is the Faith of the Church, and the reason the baptismal promises are renewed every year in the Easter liturgy. To into eternal life, one must renounce Satan, profess the Faith in the Most Blessed Trinity and adhere to Christ the Saviour.

May these reminders of the Faith of the Church enlighten the General of the Jesuits and help him to submit to them. The devil and the dogmas, that is to say, the truths revealed by God, are not just symbols. Otherwise we fall into the “sewer of all heresies”, that St. Pius X condemned under the name of Modernism.


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18 Responses to For Jesuits Satan no longer exists

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    We can always rely on Archbishop Chaput to bring light to orthodoxy. I rely on his truth through reason and his loyalty to the Church!


  2. How unfortunate the state of the church today is.


  3. kathleen says:

    How totally Catholic the preaching and teaching of the SSPX is! No Protestant twisting of truth, feel-good banalities, nor kowtowing to the falsehoods of the politically-correct cowards in order to be accepted as one of the crowd, with these good men. The SSPX refuse to fit in with those who deny the Word of God when put to the test, preferring the scorn and hatred of the world to that of incurring God’s displeasure.

    No wonder the Devil rages at the members of this priestly fraternity and their followers, sending them no end of bitter trials to break their resolve and loyalty to Catholic Truth. But he will not succeed.

    May God love them and protect them…. And bring them soon into the bosom of the Church to help strengthen all traditional Catholics in our fight against the dissidents who spread their lies among the faithful with total impunity.

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  4. kathleen says:

    Just one more thought at this late hour (late in Europe, that is) which can best describe the tragic descent into Modernism of the once great Order of the Jesuits….

    “Corruptio optimi pessima est”, which can be translated as, “The corruption of what is best is the worst …”

    For surely, they were once upon a time some of “the best” defenders of the Faith. It is common knowledge among Catholics of the amazing number of heroic, holy martyrs and saints this once faithful Order of Catholic preachers gave to the Church. Almost single-handed it held back the spreading evil forces of the Reformation with its powerful Counter-Reformation. Countless millions have had the Jesuits to thank for coming to a fuller knowledge of the Truth. The Jesuits were tireless missionaries at home and abroad, even reaching the furthest corners of the earth; their deep learning prepared them for discussions with the learned and elite of other beliefs, leading many to embrace the Catholic Church and Her saving grace. Their unequalled obedience to the Church and the Papacy has left us with a staggering legacy of faithfulness….

    So what went wrong? The Jesuits were some of the most scholarly and intelligent of men, so how did the Devil manage to successfully infiltrate such a stronghold as the Jesuits, as we witness in current times?

    Fr Malachi Martin gives a detailed background to the reasons behind the gradual slide into the errors of Modernism of the Jesuits in his fascinating book that I have often mentioned before – “The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church” – but one can still ask oneself how men of prayer and learning could not be aware of the trap the Devil was preparing for them!


  5. Mary Salmond says:

    Well said, Kathleen, give credit where it’s due. Jesuits in the past have done much for the faith; we can’t be too harsh. Since the ’70s, it has been a joke in our diocese: if something they do, goes wrong, “it’s the Jesuits.” What do you expect? I never understood that. I’m a slow learner.


  6. geoffkiernan says:

    Mary: “Jesuits in the past have done much for the Faith…we cant be too harsh.”
    Borrowing from sporting parlance may I suggest , we are only as good as our last game. No amount of good work in the past can allay the damage caused by travesties inflicted in the present. Nor can the evil perpetrated today be in any way lessened or mitigated by good done previously….but I repeat myself.
    I concede of course that not all Jesuits are villains but that question must still be asked, at what point is the evil caused now, outweighed or superseded by good done previously? I suggest never! (IMVHO) It seems to me that they are separate ‘entities’ and never the twain should meet, either in time or space…


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius make up for a lot of the misery modern Jesuits have caused. I took the course about ten years ago and was reintroduced to it recently at a Jesuit shrine. There are other religious orders of high historical repute which have also (to my way of thinking) wandered down strange paths in recent years, but contra our Perth correspondent, I suggest we regard them as prodigals, not incorrigibles.
    Good comments by Kathleen.


  8. Mary Salmond says:

    Yes, jh, you can practice the spiritual exercises, even if the Jesuits are not what they used to be. That can give you spiritual solace. That’s the good provided by the past Jesuits that be experienced today, Geoff.


  9. toadspittle says:

    “In other words, evil is reduced to a purely psychological dimension and to an a priori category that is really just “
    1: If Evil (and Good) are not “psychological dimensions,” i.e. mental abstractions, (I must suppose he means) what are they? Evil is not a “thing.”
    2: What on earth has “a priori” got to do with it?
    3: What the heck does, “just the fruit of the history of mentalities,” actually mean? “Just a load of tripe”? Then why not say so?

    If CP&S wants my opinion (yes, I know you don’t) there are seven billion Satans so far in the world – and the number is rising ominously.
    Although, while observing the history of the world so far, I agree it’s far easier to make out a case for the existence of The Devil than it is for the existence of God.


  10. Mary Salmond says:

    Toadspittle: question. Is Satan outside planet Earth where there are no people? Whereas God encompasses all universes and galaxies? Maybe Kathleen and others could answer this. Just asking.


  11. toadspittle says:

    “Toadspittle: question. Is Satan outside planet Earth where there are no people? “
    In my opinion, Mary – no. I suspect Satan’s right here on earth – in between every human’s pair of ears.
    …But what do I know?

    Nor do I (or anyone) know whether there are any “people” out there – outside planet Earth.
    Statistically, there almost certainly are. Very possibly an infinite number of them.
    And, by extension, an infinite number of Redeemers and Satans.
    Maybe. Not our problem. One thing at a time.

    WWCT? (what would Cantor think?)


  12. geoffkiernan says:

    Moot points, JH?…If my use of the the word ‘villain’ suggested to you that I thought they (Jesuits) are, incorrigible one and all, then I must withdraw the word. No body while this life exists is beyond redemption. But I wonder how many people are actually inspired to undertake the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius these days given rebellious behavior of many of today’s Jesuits? Not many I fear, in comparison to that time when the great work of this order was at its peak . For this reason the fruits of the ‘exercises’ performed in the past, remain in the past. Again in MHO…

    “There are other Religious orders of high historical repute…. that have wandered down strange paths…”
    There sure is….but that doesn’t alter the current ‘debate’ only adds another.


  13. kathleen says:

    @ JH


    In fact I receive daily hate-mail from this “disbarred Dublin lawyer”, sometimes as many as half a dozen! He knows perfectly well that none of it will ever see the light of day here*; nonetheless, writing his daily mocking, spite-filled missives, and simply knowing that I might read them, gives him such tremendously satisfying sadistic kicks. But it’s all water off the duck’s back for me; I know he is unwell in the head.

    * That one slipped the net; the moderator apoogised and removed it.

    Poor Mr Kehoe is in desperate need of prayer.


    Hate-mail is something many traditional Catholic bloggers who defend Church teaching have to deal with. The other day Father Z wrote a post and gave an example of some of the horrible stuff he has to deal with all the time. Scroll down to read it.


  14. kathleen says:

    Mary @ 13:09

    Dear Mary, those sort of bizarre questions of Toad’s don’t really need to be answered 😉! And if one were even to try, he’ll only come back with more questions (having not really bothered to try to understand your earlier patient answers in the first place).


  15. Mary Salmond says:

    That’s why I wouldn’t be a blogger. Besides I don’t have any time, with answering CP&S and other messages!!! Why are people like that? Sending hate mail, who does it profit?


  16. Mary Salmond says:

    Thanks Kathleen, I won’t. But I do like some of those probing thoughts! Expands the mind, even if I don’t know or have the answer.


  17. toadspittle says:

    “But I do like some of those probing thoughts…”
    Fie, Mary- you shouldn’t like such things. -To do so is heresy, you know.
    Forbidden to question the “dogma.”
    …Particularly to ask, “How do you know that?”

    “Dear Mary, those sort of bizarre questions of Toad’s don’t really need to be answered 😉! “
    Toad will turn the other cheek.


  18. toadspittle says:

    I should also add that, if my questions are “bizarre,” it is because the subject matter, such as “Original Sin,” “Eternal Damnation,” “Priestly Celibacy,” “Transubstantiation,” or “intelligent Design,” is intrinsically bizarre. (Only in my opinion, of course.)


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