Exorcism Claim about Francis Prompts Vatican Investigation

By David Martin

Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, founder of the Brazil-based Heralds of the Gospel, recently told 60 priests of his order that Satan revealed in one of their exorcisms that Pope Francis was "my man" and that he is "stupid" and does "everything I want." A video has recently emerged showing Dias disclosing to his priests what was relayed to him by an exorcist of the order.

But in speaking to The Tablet, Fr. Angel Veiga, the Rome-based leader of the order, seemed to stagger at this revelation, arguing that it was Satan's own deceitful message. "It’s the devil, no? The devil is the father of lies," Veiga explained.

However, this reasoning is irrational, because during an exorcism the devil is not on his own, but is under constraint to say the truth against his will, as seen in the Swiss exorcisms in the middle-late 70s. If in fact the exorcism was some farcical act performed by a clown or fake minister—as we often see in the so-called Charismatic or Pentecostal sects—then yes, we would have to conclude that it was a prank or that the devil was speaking his own mind, but the fact that the exorcist's revelation was relayed by an exemplary priest of the highest integrity suggests quite the opposite.

On that note, it should be pointed out that the Heralds of the Gospel, a traditionalist group that is active in 78 countries, is an international Catholic Association of Pontifical Right which received pontifical approval in 2001 under John Paul II. The 2820-member group was also praised by Benedict XVI for being "full of enthusiasm for having recognized Christ the Son of God" and being key "in assisting with a great Catholic rebirth" in Brazil. During Pope Benedict's reign, two other societies grew out of the Heralds.

Moreover, the Heralds are known in Brazil for going into the country's favelas to track down and bring back misled Catholics that are pulled away from the Catholic Church by Protestant "evangelicals."

Hence it could never be argued that the Heralds lack credibility or canonical status, nor could it ever be said that they are half-hearted in their commitment to the Gospel. In founding the organization, Msgr. Clá Dias said he envisioned a movement that would "give itself completely to the Holy Catholic Church," and that would act as a "truly Catholic institution, a truly religious institution, whose members would live as really consecrated to God."

Msgr. Dia's vision has certainly been realized, evidenced by the Herald's staunch defense of the Church in the face of all the attacks it receives from dissident Catholics, most especially since the election of Pope Francis.

In the video, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, the spiritual inspiration for the Heralds, is described as being in Heaven incentivizing the removal of Pope Francis and saying "the next Pope will be good." Corrêa, whose secretary for 40 years was Clá Dias, was known in Brazil for his staunch and trenchant criticism of liberation theology, something Francis has been an avid supporter of.

Early in June, Mgr. Clá Dias unexpectedly resigned and reports emerged of a Vatican investigation into the group. A Heralds spokesman in Brazil confirmed the probe saying that it was a routine apostolic investigation which "can occur at any moment for any religious institution," though it seems to have been prompted by the surfaced video.

If done truthfully, a Vatican investigation into the video could indeed be effective in alerting the faithful to the crisis in the Church, but given the present state of affairs in Rome, what chance is there that the matter will be given justice? With Satan having infiltrated the Roman hierarchy and the Vatican being used now to advance globalism and population-control, there is little chance that Rome will speak the truth for the edification of the Church and world.

The Blessed Virgin at La Salette prophesied these very days, when she said: "The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay." (1846)

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