Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Fr Z has posted a chilling four word message on his blog...."The Devil is abroad." 

We know, of course, that the devil is always abroad but I think that Fr Z means that he is abroad in an extraordinary way right now. Priests and Bishops are under attack, the Holy Father is under attack and the Church is being persecuted in a good old fashioned medieval style throughout the world. But it is our clergy who are so very vulnerable. If you wish to destroy a priest, it's easy. Just one allegation and phut! that's the end of a priestly vocation and the chance of a fat wad of cash for the accuser. There have been many genuine cases of priestly abuse but, I am sure, that equally, many have been false, trumped up charges. It is hard to distinguish between the lie and the truth. Sadly, it is often our best and most prominent priests who face the challenge of an unjust accusation and it must be a constant, nagging fear for them.

 Avoiding situations where one might be alone with a female parishioner or a minor, walking into deliberate traps set by the perverse, reported to the Bishop for carrying out their duties diligently. The priest's lot is not a happy one right now. They need our prayers more than ever, offer a Rosary or even a decade to the cause. Pray daily to Our Lady that she will place her foot on the neck of Satan and break him in his attempt to ruin the lives of our priests. The prayer below is actually meant for priests to say in order to secure their own protection from the devil but, I am sure, it will be equally effective if said on behalf of a priest. Say it whenever possible, expecially for our blogging Fathers!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost

Most glorious Prince of the heavenly
Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend
us in “our battle against principalities and
powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness,
against the spirits of wickedness in the high
places” (Ephes., VI, l2). Come to the assistance of
men who God has created to His likeness and
whom He has redeemed at a great price from the
tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee
as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has
entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into
heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush
Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain
men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our
prayers to the Most High that without cry come
 unto Thee.
V. May the Lord be with thee.

God of Heaven, God of Earth, God of Angels, God of Archangels, God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets, God of Apostles, God of Martyrs, God of Confessors, God of Virgins, God Who has power to give life after death and rest after work, because there is no other God than Thee and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, of whose Reign there shall be no end. We humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy Glorious Majesty and we beseech Thee to deliver us by Thy Power from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies and their furious wickedness; deign, O' Lord, to grant us Thy powerful protection and to keep us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

From the snares of the devil,
All: Deliver us O Lord.

 Grant that Thy Church may serve Thee in secure liberty
All: We beseech Thee, hear us.

Deign to crush down the enemies of the Holy Church, 
 All: We beseech Thee, hear us.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us


  1. Thank you for the stunning post. I am already praying a Rosary each day for Priests in persecuted countries. Each month I joyfully offer up a Rosary for Priests in various straights, situations and trials and countries. May their lives be plunged completely into the supernatural abyss of Divine Love for God, and neighbour, to snatch forgiveness for sinners and for the salvation of the world. They are the real heroes in action, against the enemy forces. Let us support them in our perpetual prayer.