Contempt for Satan

John Smirak has an excellent essay on the movie, “The Rite,” with Anthony Hopkins titled, “Satan: A Tapeworm.  He raises several poignant and humorous points about our Catholic faith that Cowboy Papist can heartily endorse.  Here’s a couple of great example:

“A religion like this (Catholicism) doesn’t need after-school specials; it needs science fiction and fantasy, horror films and surrealism to convey the fundamental strangeness that it believes lies just beneath the surface of day-to-day “reality.”

“The Church’s heroes, seen  from a worldly point of view, are a pack of self-destructive zealots who embark on crackpot projects like lifelong celibacy, voluntary poverty, and worst of all obedience; who leave perfectly serviceable chateaus in France to go preach the Beatitudes to scalp-collecting Indians in freezing Canada; who volunteer to sneak into Stalin’s Russia precisely because he has imprisoned so many priests, then spend decades saying secret Masses in labor camps; who open up pro-life pregnancy centers in crappy neighborhoods so they can talk welfare queens into having still more babies we’ll have to pay for . . . And so on. A religion like this doesn’t need after-school specials; it needs science fiction and fantasy, horror films and surrealism to convey the fundamental strangeness that it believes lies just beneath the surface of day-to-day “reality.”

His wrap up is one of the finest samples on how Catholics should view our culture’s references to Satan:

“We should certainly fear the devil, but he deserves no awe and should exert no fascination. We should not even pity him. What we need to feel is contempt.”

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