“[T]he genius of Satan is to deceive the human mind in order to seduce the human will. Memorize that logic. Satan knows that all the evil in the world begins with ERROR. Let me repeat. Satan knows that all the evil in the world begins with error. In other words, all sin in the human heart begins as untruth in the human mind.”
– Fr. John Hardin
Demonology is simply the study of demons. However, there are many different variations or approaches to how that study is conducted.
There is at one end of the scale a “secular” approach to the study of demons that denies that demons are what Sacred Scripture clearly says they are – spiritual beings who were once angels and fell from grace. Sadly, that denial of reality is even held by foolish priests and bishops within the Roman Catholic Church itself, a fact that is appalling if not downright disgusting. This failure to obey and follow the Church’s own Catechism by those sworn to teach and uphold it is one of the reasons the Church’s ability to fight effectively in spiritual warfare has diminished over time. It’s a sad testament to how effective the enemy’s subversive campaign of infiltration has been in recent times to weaken and erode the Church’s belief and praxis. If you want to win a war, convince a great deal of leaders on the other side that there is no war, and that to believe there is, is to be a labeled an uneducated, ignorant fool – a laughingstock.
One exorcist has stated very clearly that he strongly feels that a bishop who does not believe in Satan or demons (as defined by the Church’s Catechism) should resign their office. I wholeheartedly agree with him.
Look at Father Hardin’s statement to the left. If Satan’s strategy has succeeded to the point of infiltrating our own ranks of not just the members of the Church, but a significant portion of leaders (deacons, priests and bishops) so that their minds are deceived into error as to what a demon is to begin with, or to question fundamentally that we are even at war with them, then we are clearly in deep trouble. That is exactly the state of the Church today where far too many have been deceived by the pseudo-explanations of modern psychology and lured into a secular-humanist worldview. Too many priests and bishops are enamored with the world and wish to be perceived as “enlightened.” Thus, they are actually ashamed of the Gospel accounts of demons and the Church’s Catechism that explains, defines, and characterizes them in no uncertain terms as fallen angels bent on destroying us. Thus, these deacons, priests, and bishops that deny their own Catechism are gutless cowards.
They are cowards who are too weak in moral character to stand boldly with the Church’s official position and undergo the criticisms and ridicule that will come upon them from a dark and deceived world. Thus, they trade truth for a false academic position and social standing amongst the “cultured elitists” who disdain true believers as medieval fools who believe in “flying spaghetti monsters.” Their problem is that they trade today’s fleeting favor of culture for a future that doesn’t bode well, for look at who heads up the list of damned at the end of time as described in the Book of Revelation, chapter 21: “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). Are you shocked that cowards are listed before murderers and fornicators? If you think it through carefully, you won’t be. [As an interesting side-note, the idea and concept of cowards being worse than the original perpetrators is one that Martin Luther King, Jr. touched deeply and convincingly upon in his stunning moral masterpiece: Letter From Birmingham Jail.]