Friday, October 16, 2015

Bishop Sheen’s Words Define Argentina’s Protest as Diabolical

 The fury of hell was unleashed in Argentina, October 12 outside of the Cathedral of Mar de Plata in connection with their annual March for Women.  According to LifeSite, an angry mob of pro-abortion anti-Catholic women--many topless--violently assaulted a group of men that prayed outside of the Cathedral to counter the protest. 
  The protest demonstrated the manifestation of the diabolical.  In a talk by Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen, he pointed to an example in Scripture to identify the 3 signs of the diabolical: love of nudity (public), violence, and division.  The Argentina protest is a clear example. 
Ven. Archbishop Sheen
A video of the protest contained so much nudity that LifeSite created a censored version.  Men locked arms and calmly continued to pray, showing courage and determination against the diabolical frenzy. Sheen noted the Scripture passage that demonstrates the signs present in the protest. 
For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him... (Luke 8: 26-30).

Love of Nudity
The possessed man, like the pro-abortion women at the protest, engaged in public nudity. These women believed that a good way to make their point was to go topless.  And they were right. Point made.  Animals don’t wear clothing and don’t have qualms about killing.  Yet, outside of the rodent world, most animals don’t even kill their own young.  So their values are beneath even the animal world. 
No doubt, the women audaciously smug to have shocked the prayerful.  If they only understood that our shock is sheer horror for the depravity of their souls. 

The Scripture says: “…though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains. Mark 5:4 explained: “For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.”
According to LifeSite: “…this year’s violence seemed to be the most extreme yet, with the women turning their violence against the police, and even attempting to set the Cathedral on fire. The women tore down the outer gate of the cathedral and hurled glass bottles and feces at the young men standing guard.”
Women hateful against the Catholic Church and rejecting the sacredness of life can only be influenced from one source—the devil.  They do violence at his bidding to promote the culture of death. 

Sheen pointed out that the passage said: “…many demons had gone into him. Mark’s version has the demoniac reply: My name is Legion, for we are many.  Watching the mob of violent, rabid women, it is clear that unity was not their goal.  The large furious horde disrupted those peacefully praying for life.
Sheen explained that the word “diabolical” comes from two Greek words dia+ballein, meaning, “to tear apart.”    Our world, it seems has never been more divided.  We see it in our own country regarding marriage and life issues.
In a violent, obscene protest such as in Argentina, there is no peace, no allowing for respect of others in spite of differences of opinions.  Instead there is hate and division.   Sheen spoke of a type of schizophrenia within people, drawn to both good and evil.  In Argentina, those women actually believe they are doing good while immersed in so much evil. It is a moral schizophrenia where the devil deludes that good is bad and bad is good.

Not New; Just More Obvious
So we are divided—those for life, true marriage and love of God, and those that are not.  Our culture suffers from the love of nudity as pornography and indecency ensnares many.  And the violence grows, from protests in places like Ferguson and from ISIS and the continued tragedy of abortion.
The Argentina protest is obviously diabolical, but take heart; we always must.  As our culture divides, the differences are stark and good and evil come clearly into focus. God-loving pro-lifers have always known that the devil is behind abortion and radically immoral and divisive issues.  We’ve always known the devil hates prayer, and all that the Catholic Church stands for. 
To see the diabolical frenzy played out so brazenly is simply confirmation for what we already knew.  Perhaps this display should get those on the fence—I’m personally against abortion, but…--to realize whom it is that they enable with wishy-washy morality.
The spiritual battle that began with Adam and Eve will continue until the end of the world.  This world was never really about anything else.  And the diabolical was never not present. But just like the men who kept praying, we know what to do: stay the course, trust in God, do not fear, and for heaven’s sake, pray for those poor, poor lost souls.
"We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way."— St. Francis of Assisi.
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