The Gabriele Amorth Park Place Log

from some crevice, the smoke of satan has entered into the temple of God.  ...  this condition of uncertainty reigns within the church as well.  after the second vatican council, we believed that the history of the church would enjoy a period of sunshine.  instead, the day became ugly, dark, cloudy, and stormy.
    — pope paul vi

what are the greatest needs of the church today?  do not think that our answer is simplistic or superstitious and unreal: one of the greatest needs today is the defense from the evil that we call the devil.
    — pope paul vi

the battle against the devil, which is the principal task of saint michael the archangel, is still being fought today, because the devil is still alive and active in this world.  the evil that surrounds us today, the disorders that plague our society, man's inconsistency and brokenness, are not only the results of original sin, but also the result of satan's pervasive and dark action.
    — pope john paul ii

satan, defeated by Christ, continues to hinder our salvation with all of his energy.  he encourages paganism, idolatry, witchcraft, wickedness, and especially heresy and apostasy.  heretics and schismatics who do not follow the true church of Christ are members of satan's legions.  they are his agents in the cosmic war against Christ.
    — saint irenaeus

whoever refuses to recognize the existence of [the demonic reality] denies biblical and ecclesiastical teachings.  so does anyone who claims that this reality has its own beginning and that it does not originate from God, as every creature does, and anyone who tries to explain it as pseudo-reality, as a conceptual and fantastic personification of all unknown causes of our ills.  ...  the chapter on the demons, and on the influence they can exert on single individuals, on communities, on entire societies, or on events, is a very important one for catholic doctrine.  we need to revisit it and study it; unfortunately, today it is practically ignored.
    — pope paul vi

saint michael the archangel, defend us in battle, be our protector against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, o prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.  amen.
    — pope leo xiii

o most high queen of heaven and of the angels, we humbly beseech you, who received from God the power and mission to crush satan's head: command the heavenly host to pursue the demons in battle wherever they are, to rebuke their daring, and to thrust them into the abyss.  amen.
    — the euchologion

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