Troops and officers who go into battle would do well to familiarize themselves with all the weapons at their disposal. They should know a) that they have them, b) what they do and c) how to use them and when. If they don’t know these things, when the fighting begins, they will probably be wiped out or routed, which can lead to the same end.
From a priest (edited):
I was appalled by the report you published from Australia [About a legislative attack on the Seal of Confession.]. I read somewhat on the Irish brouhaha that one of the ecclesiastical spokesmen said that this would go away once tempers cooled and reason once again dominated their government. I remember praying that this would be true. I also followed some of the abundant vitriol that was poured out upon Archbishop Chaput and the Vatican on the announcement of his accession to Philadelphia and was also horrified.
You have been asking for prayers and warning against the devil at work among us. I am familiar with this and you have my prayers. As I read though, the full realization came to me that all the horrors of the morals crisis in the Church and the blunders of the Church in dealing with the situation, the vicious attack on the bishops and clergy, guilty and innocent, the poor condition of the faith among the laity since Vatican II was so derailed and now the opening attack on the Sacrament of Confession and ultimately on the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the Authority of the Church – all of this is a well-planned and orchestrated plan of battle long since begun by Satan to bring down the Church and spit in God’s face. I am no alarmist and no believer in conspiracy theories but in this the pieces have suddenly come together for me and the fog has cleared – I am seeing the big picture. I was fooled into thinking that all this was disconnected vileness.
I wish we had never abandoned the prayers at the end of Mass, and we need them again! When I was facing strong opposition in my former parish, I went to my Bishop and asked permission to quietly and privately pray annually the “Exorcism of a Community” from the old Roman Ritual over my parish. It helped considerably and I suggest the same to priests if their bishops will grant permission.
Perhaps bishops would do the same for their dioceses!
Perhaps the first step of a “promotion of a New Evangelization”?
It is good to find a priest who is aware of these weapons of spiritual warfare.
In the pre-Conciliar Rituale Romanum, in Part XIII on exorcism, in Chapter III, there is a rite of “Exorcism of Satan and the Fallen Angels”.
Chapter II has the rite for a particular person, but Chapter III is for a community or locality. The rite can be used by bishops or by priests who have permission. Deacons cannot use it. Lay people cannot do it and should never use it. This is something which requires the priestly character. In other words, this is one for the officers.
We are members of the Church Militant. Under the banner of our King we are marching to our homeland through the territory which has its own Prince (cf. John 14:30-31), the Enemy. There will be skirmishes along the way, attacks from spiritual terrorists, and pitched battles.