To the editor:
In the … article on the front page of the Faith & Family section of the Courier, I was shocked to read the quote, "the church has always been much vaguer (in its teachings) but not vague to the point there’s no such thing as Satan." Then the article backtracks in mentioning the temptations of Adam and Eve, Jesus in the desert and other obvious works of the devil which fill the Bible.
The Pope is quoted as saying, "don’t worry, there’s no devil, no evil, everyone’s going to make it; life is good; eat, drink and be merry." Then where does the very apparent evil we are experiencing today come from? The terrorist, continuous wars, porn, abortion, usury, etc., etc. Not the Devil? Of course it is. We have to face him and defeat him, with the help of the Archangel Michael, again, for the last time. The devil is a loser. Amen.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The first quote Ms. Povero mentions, regarding the church being "vaguer" related specifically to cultural expectations of what Satan might look like. The source noted that the church offers no teaching about Lucifer’s physical appearance, and that images of him with horns and a pitchfork are merely the product of artistic imagination. The second statement Ms. Povero references was meant as a paraphrase of what the pope is NOT saying. In that section, Father Joseph Hart indicated that the Holy Father is warning people not to fall into the trap of behaving as if the devil does not exist.