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Some of my non-Catholic friends say the Church is satanic. What can I do?

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Some of my non-Catholic friends say the Church is satanic. What can I do?

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If the Catholic Church is accused of being satanic, that is no more than its Founder, Jesus Christ, was accused of. When our Lord was on earth, he had the same problem. He was driving demons out, and some said he was doing this by the power of the devil. How did Jesus respond? He said, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him” (Mk 3:23-26).

The Catholic Church drives out the devil, too. This practice is called exorcism. No one can deny that the Catholic Church has been doing exorcisms on people and driving out Satan for nearly two millennia. Therefore, we must reason like Jesus: If the Catholic Church were from the devil, it could not drive the devil out.

We shouldn’t be surprised when such charges are made against the Catholic Church. Jesus told us, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household” (Mt 10:24–25).

Mario Derksen










12 comments

  1. Anthony James Nell Reply

    If this people won’t accept your answer and explanation and insist on insulting Our Lord, then shake the dust from your feet and throw them out of your life. Don’t compromise on the Faith. Remember St John’s epistle where he says we must not even greet those who don’t have our Faith.

  2. Visuca Mazo Reply

    I do not need to replay; Antony James Nell has done that beautifully for all of us? – Thank you Antony.

  3. Vida Biney Reply

    I wiil plead with the church to reunite it’s members to Christ by giving us constant teachings at our various parishes.It will interest the church to know that today catholic’s don’t even know what the Rosery is talkless of even prayiny it & a lot more as the Holy Scripture says for lack of knowledge my people perish.Please church wake up.

  4. Noel David Reply

    The Catholic Church (Christian Community is not satanic but many in the Catholic Church (Christian Community from top to bottom) and in every community, religion, nation etc. etc. – are very much influenced or clontrolled by Satan for sure – which is why there is so much of hatred, injustices, heartlessness, violence, bloodshed, discrimination, selfishness, greed and filth (all kinds of evil things) prevalent in every sphere….. To accuse the Catholic Church to be satanic (evil) and consider themselves to be divine (all good), pure and just – is nothing but a sham…..

  5. Kira Morris Reply

    I’m not baptized yet but I am in a similar situation with my Jehovas Witness mother who warns me to be careful each time I tell about what I’m doing in the Church because the Catholic Church “is evil” (her words). Any suggestions for how I can politely tell her to “shut up, it’s my life and my decision. You’ve found your faith, now leave me to find mine.” It sounds rude and nasty like that, doesn’t it?

    1. Séamus Moore Reply

      God bless you Kira! I pray that God may strengthen you and I pray that you be baptized soon (with a valid baptism outside of the JW camp). If you do go to the Kingdom Hall, for the memorial of Jesus Christ on the 14th of Nisan, I suggest not taking taking communion, even as they themselves do not, for the simple reason that their elders have not received valid ordination (the Sacrament of Holy Orders) through the Catholic Church and thus they can not effect the elements of bread and wine as a Catholic Priest does during the Divine Liturgy.

      it sounds like God is using you to great effect in the lives of those around you and I encourage you to pray to Mary for her divine graces.

  6. sifi Reply

    To Kira Morris..Matthew 10:34-35 Do not think that I come to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to turn a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,.

  7. Vicki Sawarin Reply

    Kira Morris- tell your mother that the Catholic Church was established by Jesus Christ before He ascended into heaven. He made St. Peter the first Pope & that can be proven by the complete succession until now. The Jehovah Witnesses say they believe in Jesus, do they not? If the Church is evil, then so must Jesus be evil. Does that make any sense? Tell her to check out the origin of the JW;s. It was started by some idiot a few thousand years later, because he did not like some of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Kira, you are right to become Catholic. The JW’;s believe that only the first 144,000 will be able to enter heaven. If they are actually going to heaven, the limit must be exceeded by now, but I rather think that there are no JW’s in heaven unless they converted to Catholicism before they died & were free from heresy & sin.

  8. Jacob Anthony Tucker Reply

    Matthew 16: 16-19 tells us all about the Founder of the Catholic Church and the authority she has and 2 Timothy 4: 3-4 tells us all about those who claim to be non Catholic Christians. To me, these two references are enough to silence those protestants whose intentions are to attract followers with lies.
    Let us not forget that it was the Catholic Church that compiled and preserved the Bible for over 1500 years before others started printing it with adjustments to suit their intentions.

  9. MTNCATH Reply

    The Church is satanic? Odd, I still have yet to see any satanic group saying the Catholic Faith is doing it right (just like them), or copying them (ripping them off), or trying to be more evil (competition).

  10. Wolfgang Reply

    My answer is unequivocally – pray for them. They are spiritually blind to the Truth that the catholic church holds. I thought this myself once … for over 30 years in fact. Finally, I was called into the catholic church. I know the truth that this church has. I know the authority that this church has. But I also know that for most of my life, I “knew” (just as the people who say these things probably “know”) that the catholic church was wrong. A practical thing you could do, is ask what in particular they have an issue with. I was a protestant. I seriously did not know until I looked in the bible for myself (in an effort to refute the catholic position) – that the catholic church was actually INFINITELY more faithful (in fact completely) to what the bible says. For a protestant whose only authority is the Bible – meet them on their own terms. GENTLY. They most likely can not see the Truth. It is not right to just throw them aside, wiping the dust from your feet, without at least offering them to God and giving Him the opportunity (or decision) on whether you should just walk away without even trying to explain the catholic church. After having explained it, THEN see if you should wipe the dust off your feet. In my experience, most protestants have no clue what the catholic church actually believes. Many of us who had someone take the time to show us, ended up converting to the church. It is not up to us to decide who Jesus wants to try to bring back. Leave that to Him. Know what the catholic church believes, and share it. Anyone who thinks the church is satanic is fertile soil for the truth. If they didn’t have an issue with it, they would hardly bother to even think of it as anything, let alone satanic. Expose the devil. Don’t just wash your hands of those who may be seeking the truth.

  11. Tina Reply

    I’m not Catholic but I have attended Mass several times in the last couple years. I’m not against everything the Catholic church does. In fact I like some of the things and think other religions should do them too but they don’t. But there are some things that I feel are not right. Like the rule that you have to be Catholic to get baptized in the Catholic church or that you can’t have communion unless you are Catholic (and yes I know all the Catholic reasonings behind those rules). Jesus would NEVER turn someone away just because they weren’t Catholic. He only ask that they believe in the one true God and invite him into their heart and live a God fearing life. A church that has these kind of rules are basically saying ”If you are not Catholic then you are not a Christian.” I’m glad Jesus doesn’t care if I’m Catholic or not.
    Another area I have concerns about is that during Mass there isn’t enough time spent teaching Gods word. There’s too much concentration on all the rituals. I’m not saying the rituals are all bad but a lot of people are just going through the motion. People need more of Gods teachings so they can grow as Christians AND for visitors to learn about God.

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