In der Päpstlichen Hochschule in Rom gibt es mittlerweile einen "Grundkurs Exorzismus". Dozent: Professor Paolo Morocutti (Fachgebiete: Fundamentaltheologie und Psychologie). Eine enorm wichtige Ausbildung, da nach seiner Aussage Laien hier sehr viel Schaden anrichten können. So ist dieser Kurs auch gut besucht: Menschen aus vielen Ländern nehmen an dem sechstägigen Lehrgang teil. Da ein Exorzist immer nur im eigenen Bistum tätig werden kann, ist is sehr problematisch, wenn ein Bischof dies nicht zulässt. Laut Morocutti ist dies ein Werk des Teufels, der Zwietracht säen will. Laut Professor Morocutti lässt sich Besessenheit an folgenden Charakteristika feststellen: "flüssiges Sprechen in einer fremden Sprache; Ereignisse der Vergangenheit oder Zukunft offenbaren können; Besitz übermenschlicher Kräfte und als viertes Gottesferne und Abneigung gegenüber allem, was Gott symbolisiert - etwa das Zurückweichen vor Kreuzen."
Kardinal Marx jedoch scheint das anders zu sehen. In einem Interview, das er vor Jahren Michael Backhaus und Bernhard Kellner von Bild am Sonntag gegeben hat, meinte er, der Teufel sei "kein wichtiger Punkt in der Glaubenslehre der Kirche". Christen würden nicht an einen Teufel, sondern an Gott glauben. Der Glaube sei dann so stark, dass man keine Angst mehr haben müsse. Für eine Ausbildung von Exorzisten oder deren Einsatz sehe er keine Veranlassung.
Selbstverständlich ist der Teufel ein wichtiger Punkt in der Glaubenslehre der Kirche. Jesus selbst hat unentwegt von ihm gesprochen - und mit ihm viele Päpste. Nicht zuletzt der vom Kardinal so geschätzte Papst Franziskus warnte ausdrücklich vor ihm. Aber wie so oft sind sich alle im Lobgesang auf den Papst einig und niemand fühlt sich von seiner Kritik angesprochen.
Natürlich glauben wir an Gott und natürlich ist ein starker Glaube unser Fundament. Gerade deshalb aber glauben und fürchten wir auch den Teufel!
Die Ausbildung und den Einsatz von Exorzisten nicht zuzulassen ist schlichtweg verantwortungslos. So sind viele gezwungen, anderswo um Hilfe nachzufragen.
Ich denke mal, spätestens nach dem Tod werden viele feststellen, dass es einen Teufel gibt.
„Es gibt leider sehr viele Priester und viele Bischöfe, die nicht an die Existenz des Teufels glauben. Es gibt ganze Länder ohne offiziell ernannte Exorzisten: Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz, Spanien, Portugal. Viele Bischöfe glauben nicht an die Existenz des Teufels und gehen sogar soweit öffentlich zu sagen, die Hölle existiert nicht, der Teufel existiert nicht. Jesus aber spricht im Evangelium mehrfach davon, so dass man sich fragen könnte, ob sie das Evangelium nie gelesen haben oder wirklich nicht daran glauben!“
Pater Gabriele Amorth
“[Satan] will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church … It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content.”
We are living in the days of the Apocalypse, the last days of our era. The two great forces – the Mystical Body of Christ and the Mystical Body of the anti-Christ – are beginning to draw battle lines for the catastrophic contest.
The False prophet will have a religion without a cross. A religion without a world to come. A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit Church.
Christ’s Church the Catholic Church will be one; and the false Prophet will create the other.
The False Church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches and religions, forming some type of global association.
A world parliament of Churches. It will be emptied of all Divine content, it will be the mystical body of the anti-christ. The Mystical Body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot, and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from our Bishops.
The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as “I am Who am,” and the Devil as “I am who am not.”
Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first “red.” Rather is he described as an angel fallen from heaven, as “the Prince of this world,” whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world. His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect–and certainly no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?
The pre-Communist Russian belief is that he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves …
The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion–one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.
In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ …
But the twentieth century will join the counterchurch because it claims to be infallible when its visible head speaks ex cathedra from Moscow on the subject of economics and politics, and as chief shepherd of world communism.
(Fulton J. Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West [Bobbs-Merril Company, Indianapolis, 1948], pp. 24-25)
God's Love & Satan's Hate
"Today Satan rules the world. The masses no longer believe in God. And, yes, Satan is in the Vatican."
"Satan is pure spirit. He often appears as something else, to mislead. He appeared to Padre Pio as Jesus, to frighten him. He sometimes appears as a raging animal."
„Ja, auch im Vatikan gibt es Mitglieder satanischer Sekten. Es sind Priester, Monsignori und auch Kardinäle! Es wurde mehrfach vom Teufel während eines Exorzismus gestanden.“
„Der Teufel ist der Verwirrer schlechthin. Er verdreht die Dinge. Er ist der Vater der Lüge. Es ist keine Wahrheit in ihm. Je weniger an seine Existenz glauben, desto mehr bewusste oder unbewusste Werkzeuge findet er unter den Menschen. Nehmen wir das Beispiel Abtreibung. Da wird ein unschuldiges Kind getötet, ein Mensch getötet. Sie wollen uns aber glauben machen, dass es sich um einen Fortschritt handelt. Um einen Fortschritt! Einen Menschen zu töten, soll ein Fortschritt sein? Das muss man sich vorstellen. Es ist kaum zu glauben.“
If there is a #God, why is there so much evil? How could any God that cares about right and wrong allow so much bad to happen? And if there is no God, who then determines what is right and what is wrong? The answers to these questions, as #BostonCollege philosopher Peter Kreeft explains, go to the heart of ethics, morality and how we know what it means to be a decent person.#Atheism
“Never forget that there are only two philosophies to rule your life: the one of the cross, which starts with the fast and ends with the feast. The other of Satan, which starts with the feast and ends with the headache.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
"Es gibt nicht mehr als 100 Menschen auf der Welt, die die Katholische Kirche wirklich hassen, aber es gibt Millionen, die das hassen, was sie für die Katholische Kirche halten…Wenn wir Katholiken all die Unwahrheiten und Lügen, die gegen die Kirche gesagt wurden, glauben würden, würden wir die Kirche wahrscheinlich Tausend Mal mehr hassen als sie es tun."
Erzbischof Fulton Sheen
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Father Joseph Ratzinger 1969 Prediction of the Future of the Church
In a 1969 German radio broadcast, Father Joseph Ratzinger offered this prediction of the future of the Church:
“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible measuring rods; nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, declaring false and obsolete, tyrannous and legalistic, all that makes demands upon men, that hurts them and compels them to sacrifice themselves.
To put this more positively: The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality. Unselfishness, which makes men free, is attained only through the patience of small daily acts of self-denial. By this daily passion, which alone reveals to a man in how many ways he is enslaved by his own ego, by this daily passion and by it alone, a man’s eyes are slowly opened. He sees only to the extent that he has lived and suffered.
If today we are scarcely able any longer to become aware of God, that is because we find it so easy to evade ourselves, to flee from the depths of our being by means of the narcotic of some pleasure or other. Thus our own interior depths remain closed to us. If it is true that a man can see only with his heart, then how blind we are!
How does all this affect the problem we are examining? It means that the big talk of those who prophesy a Church without God and without faith is all empty chatter. We have no need of a Church that celebrates the cult of action in political prayers. It is utterly superfluous. Therefore, it will destroy itself. What will remain is the Church of Jesus Christ, the Church that believes in the God who has become man and promises us life beyond death. The kind of priest who is no more than a social worker can be replaced by the psychotherapist and other specialists; but the priest who is no specialist, who does not stand on the [sidelines], watching the game, giving official advice, but in the name of God places himself at the disposal of man, who is beside them in their sorrows, in their joys, in their hope and in their fear, such a priest will certainly be needed in the future.
Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly. But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.
The Church will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate, flirting as little with the Left as with the Right. It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek. The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed. One may predict that all of this will take time. The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain — to the renewal of the nineteenth century.
But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.
And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”
"Interesting that they call it "gay pride" because pride is the worst of sins and the root of all other sins - in essence a stubborn rebellion against God and his commandments. This parade in Tel Aviv is awful and shameful not only because Israel promotes sexual perversion and the distortion of God's purpose for the human person, but it's even worse because they celebrate it with "pride". Remember that God will extend His protection upon you, Israel, only to the extent that you keep his commandments. In other words, you are inviting disaster upon your nation. Repent!"
If the Church becomes more and more like the world, why would we need the Church then anymore? The world does what the world does - and it can do that way better than Church people will ever be able to. If we don't have more than this, if we are no different than anybody else, what's the point of being a follower of Jesus Christ?
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
My goal in life? I want to cross the finish line with nothing else left to give for my Lord, hearing those words: "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter in!"
do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding
Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because,
after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now
is that when we gather in our church building to sing and lift up our
hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the
Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves"
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