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The Devil Made Them Do It!

Just when you though the Catholic Church has come out of the Middle Ages, a priest in the Papancy comes out with a statement that as a Catholic makes me want to convert to Buddhism. In UK’s Daily Mail, they report on Father Gabriele Amorth who claims that Stalin and Hitler were both possessed by the Devil.

Adolf Hitler and Russian leader Stalin were possessed by the Devil, the Vatican’s chief exorcist has claimed. Father Gabriele Amorth who is Pope Benedict XVI’s ‘caster out of demons’ made his comments during an interview with Vatican Radio.

Father Amorth said: “Of course the Devil exists and he can not only possess a single person but also groups and entire populations.

“I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed. All you have to do is think about what Hitler – and Stalin did. Almost certainly they were possessed by the Devil.

“You can tell by their behaviour and their actions, from the horrors they committed and the atrocities that were committed on their orders. That’s why we need to defend society from demons.”

Why in this day and age do we have to blame mythical creatures or other outside forces for the evil that men do? Why can’t a man simply be labeled evil? If we can’t reject the notion that our thoughts are constantly assaulted by demons, we might as well live naked in the woods like any other dumb beast. Personally, I prefer central air.

The Catholic Church, if it is going to survive, must update its allegories to join the modern world of the 21st century. Otherwise, they will drive more and more people from its doors to more progressive Christian religions.

Thanks to the Drudge Report for pointing to the article.

5 comments to The Devil Made Them Do It!

  • At what point should a centuries-old religion change in order to keep current with changing cultural attitudes?

  • I think I’m going to Netflix and rent The Thorn Birds now, and throw in The Exorcist and The Order for good measure.

  • Joshua

    I’m surprised Mel Gibson hasn’t used the “possessed by the devil” defense.

  • Morgan

    Traditions are one thing, but declaring demonic possession is another. Next thing you know, you are back to burning pagans at the stake.

  • Well, there’s a difference between shifting cultural attitudes and the rule of law. Declaring a dead person as having been possessed by Satan isn’t anywhere near as bad as burning a live person at the stake.

    I don’t think that a religion should be forced to change in order to fit new social mores (so long as they don’t include practices that are, as previously mentioned, against the law of the land). One of the reasons why many people practice religion is because it is a bulwark of moral/cultural constance in an uncertain world.