Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer on the Church Militant

"...Only a fully battle-equipped Church will be capable of meeting the challenges of the aggressive pagan culture that imbues every aspect of social and political life nowadays. The prevailing pagan culture is not only demon-worshipping but it is resolute in its determination to destroy all vestiges of the social kingship of Jesus Christ and is rapidly executing hostile takeovers of our families. Militant faith, in the grand traditions of the exorcist-like priest saints (Saint Francis Xavier, Saint John Vianney, Saint Edmund Campion, etc.), will save the culture and the Church. Nothing less."

"Lest we lose hope for a restoration of the Church Militant, let us remember that we are the Church Militant and that Christ is still charge of His Church. Our part is to live heroically our Baptismal promises to "reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises" and then to throw ourselves headlong into the work of evangelizing culture with militant confidence that Christ, the High Priest of exorcists, will save us from all the works of the devil and his minions."

-Excerpt from the conclusion of Father Thomas Euteneuer's The 1999 Revision of the Rite of Exorcism: The Devil is in the Details, Advent/Christmas 2006 issue of The Latin Mass. Father Euteneuer has a book forthcoming titled Exorcism and the Church Militant. You can watch a recent interview of Father at


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