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Noted Italian exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, commented this week that the recent defamatory reporting on Pope Benedict XVI, especially by the New York Times, was “prompted by the devil.”

Speaking to News Mediaset in Italy, the 85-year-old exorcist noted that the devil is behind “the recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI regarding some pedophilia cases.”

“There is no doubt about it. Because he is a marvelous Pope and worthy successor to John Paul II, it is clear that the devil wants to ‘grab hold’ of him.”

Father Amorth added that in instances of sexual abuse committed by some members of the clergy, the devil “uses” priests in order to cast blame upon the entire Church:“The devil wants the death of the Church because she is the mother of all the saints.”

“He combats the Church through the men of the Church, but he can do nothing to the Church."

Father Gabriele Amorth, Catholic News Agency 73 Comments [4/13/2010 5:46:14 AM]
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Because everyone knows that priests can never make their own choices...

4/13/2010 5:50:15 AM


It's depressing that I'm at the point where this kind of medieval crap warrants a 'Meh' from me.

Nothing more dangerous than an institution that believes it is not responsible for its own excesses.

4/13/2010 5:50:41 AM


Priests ought to be extra protected from attacks from the Devil, one would think.

How come the Church is so quick to suppress any evidence of child abuse, and equally quick to forgive the priests.

The Church in Connecticut is opposing a removal of the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases.
"The proposed change to the law would put "all Church institutions, including your parish, at risk," says the letter, which was signed by Connecticut's three Roman Catholic bishops."

4/13/2010 6:07:55 AM


No! The recent attacks have more to do with him allowing known paedophiles to remain in the church and then attempting to cover up their actions.

4/13/2010 6:12:46 AM


Where the hell do these people come up with this stuff?

No matter what group you are, statistically, the larger your group the more chance you'll have for there to be someone who fucks up, or in this case fucks someone.

4/13/2010 6:12:53 AM

David B.

"the recent defamatory reporting on Pope Benedict XVI was “prompted by the devil.”"

Really? I thought it was prompted by Ratzinger's attempted cover-up of child abuse by members of the church he now heads, silly me.

4/13/2010 6:29:34 AM


What more can be expected from someone who has made a career as a priest and an exorcist? He is utterly self-delusional (he claims to have performed over 70 000 exorcisms, and honestly believes that The Exorcist was a documentary), and hopelessly dependent upon a system of lies and fantasies for his existence.

4/13/2010 6:34:18 AM


Oh FSTDT, you really do need to try to keep up. The Catholic Church has already moved on to blaming Teh Gheys and comparing themselves to the Jews in Nazi Germany. Blaming this on "the Devil" is sooo last week.

4/13/2010 6:36:13 AM


Hard to believe that in 2010 people still think this way.

Have fun in hell.

4/13/2010 6:36:23 AM


70000 exorcisims by this guy? That works out to about five exorcisms every two days since he was ten...with no days off for "good behavior"


4/13/2010 6:40:39 AM

Rumpshaker Slim

This from a guy who makes a living throwing holy water on people and shouting at them.

"The power of Christ compels you!"

4/13/2010 6:49:01 AM

What ever happened to believing that people are sinners with free will, thus responsible for their own actions? And also very much capable of resisting temptation?

4/13/2010 6:49:40 AM


I doubt this is going to fool anybody.

4/13/2010 6:51:38 AM

Night Jaguar

"devil wants to ‘grab hold’ of him"

Close, but the problem wasn't the devil grabbing Ratzi......

4/13/2010 6:56:16 AM


I don't believe the 70,000 exorcisms for one moment.

And what ever happened to the pronciple that responsibility stops only at the top man's desk?

Certainly if the Devil were at work, he/she is working through the Catholic Bishops and Canon Law, which are both responsible for covering up criminal action. Indeed, criminal law in many countries makes if a crime to fail to report another's criminal act.

The church in Ireland is presently falling over itself to carry a cross of its own making. But there are many who doubt the sincerity of so little so late. As an institution it has always sought to guard and protect itself as its prime raison d'etre. This is why the tears of remorse it is now weeping are seen as being crocodilian .

As to Father Amorth, he seems in denial of what happened, and this in itself is an indication that no matter what the church may say along the lines of seeking forgiveness, nothing it says or does can be regarded as sincere. They either do not or cannot admit to themselves, or accept, their guilt. So their public words are worthless, and forgiveness cannot be given until the present haughtiness and hypocrisy is clearly shown to be acknowledged and cast out of the institutions existence. Until then, they remain guilty and lacking in remorse in the eyes of all with any good sense. And this applies from the humblest seminarian to the lofty heights of the papacy.

4/13/2010 7:09:20 AM


But if it involves the Pope, who's the leader of nearly 1/6th of the world's population, then that by virtue of itself casts blame upon the whole church. Besides, that still doesn't explain why priests went around raping kids; you'd think priests would have extra holy protection...and stuff.

4/13/2010 7:32:35 AM


Because we all know that Christians can NEVER do anything wrong, EVER!!!!! It's all teh devil's fault.

4/13/2010 7:34:05 AM

Evil European Atheist

Not only child rapists crawl within the church, but also psychotic.

Really, the roman catholic church must be disbanded for the sake of mankind

4/13/2010 7:35:44 AM


Oh now we are blaming imaginary creatures for the molestation of little children?

4/13/2010 7:44:20 AM


“He combats the Church through the men of the Church..."

Men like, say... the Pope?

4/13/2010 7:46:23 AM


Yay for complete and utter absolution of personal responsibility!

4/13/2010 7:47:32 AM

Doubting Thomas

Yeah, the news reports were prompted by the devil. The pedophilia cases had absolutely nothing to do with it.

“There is no doubt about it. Because he is a marvelous Pope and worthy successor to John Paul II, it is clear that the devil wants to ‘grab hold’ of him.”

I hope it's in the same way a pedophile priest wants to "grab hold" of an altar boy.

4/13/2010 8:11:15 AM


This sounds a lot like when possession was used to explain hormonal "urges" in adolescents back in the middle ages.

Nice to see the catholic church still thinks like it's in 1010 rather than 2010. Fitting, seeing as that's exactly where the church itself belongs.

4/13/2010 8:13:50 AM


The priests were pedophiles before they became priests they just took that job to get close to kids without being called a pedophile.

4/13/2010 8:17:14 AM


Because, you know, facts and reality were created by the devil. That's why they also have a liberal bias.

4/13/2010 8:37:16 AM

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