Saturday, June 12, 2010

Exorcism and the Church Militant

Matt Abbott has an excerpt from a new book by exorcist Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer of Human Life International, Exorcism and the Church Militant,  more or less confirming everything we suspected, but were afraid to ask...  The Devil is indeed in the details of contemporary life.

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church has been commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill a most dramatic mission; it is perhaps the most dangerous and exhilarating of missions ever entrusted to men. It is the mission of saving souls.

This mission cannot be accomplished without entering into conflict with "the world, the flesh and the devil." It is not a mission for the fainthearted or for those who wish to take the wide road to heaven. It is the path of warfare, of spiritual battle. And although we know that Our Lord has fought that battle before us, and won, every age of the Church must take up arms anew and fight it until the end of time. Let it be said with certainty that those who embrace wholeheartedly the Church's mission to save souls will live a difficult life, one full of challenges and at times real sorrows, but, at the same time, a life imbued with immense blessings that accrue only to those who risk everything for Christ. It is for those who "fight the good fight" for souls in hand-to-hand combat with the devil that this book is written, to support, encourage and strengthen them in their conflict with the forces of evil arrayed against man's salvation. Theirs is the work of the Church Militant.
In today's day and age, Satan is growing exponentially more powerful due to the enormity of human sinfulness, and the Church must confront his power either willingly or unwillingly. Satan is normally "hidden in the dark sea of human sin and error," like Leviathan of the Old Testament, but nowadays he is walking tall in powerful structures of sin like abortion, pornography, sex slavery, rapacious greed and terrorism. He flexes his muscles in the massive diffusion of errors and sinful practices like the doctrines of myriad false religions, pernicious ideologies like radical feminism and "pro-choice" extremism, the militant homosexual movement and the aggressive mass media which is the ministry of propaganda for Satan and all his works and all his empty promises.

Never in all of history have we seen evil promoted so effectively and the true good so roundly mocked and rejected as in this age of extreme technological prowess. - Read the rest of the excerpt here.
Just yesterday the Holy Father told priests gathered in Rome:

It’s no accident, the pope implied, that precisely as the Catholic church was celebrating a “Year for Priests” in 2009-2010, the sexual abuse crisis once again took on massive global proportions.
“It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the ‘enemy,’” Benedict XVI said. “He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world.” - NCR


  1. Yes, definitely.
    The devil hates the priesthood.
    And Fr. Euteneuer is right on, as far as I'm concerned.
    Our Holy Father knows what is going on, from both an historical and spiritual perspective.
    Thank you Lord, for Pope Benedict and priests like Fr. E.

  2. Clare Krishan7:47 AM

    Words like "pernicious" evoke such a rasping disquiet, and I'm afraid I tend to avoid texts written in that manner, shame on me, but I have attempted to embrace the eschatological prophecy of certain saints, for example St. John Bosco's visions of the attacks on the Church militant as a a stormy sea with the Holy Father at the helm of the barque of Peter. I find a mystical consolation in knowing that the Light of Revelation works via art even in my muddy (and sometimes very muddled) memory-and-identity!

    I posted a couple of comments you may also appreciate on polite society's distaste for Millais's realism over at:

  3. What is the deal with Father Euteneuer's book being unavailable?

    I spoke with folks from Ignatius Press, Adoremus Books, and even Human Life International (HLI) and they all said the book was "pulled" and certainly unavailable.

  4. Jeffrey - I don't know why it was pulled but I suspect it didn't please the bishops and may account for why Euteneuer was pulled back into 'private practice' as it were.


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