Pope Benedict XVI: Insincerity Is The Mark Of The Devil!

By: David Kerr (with editing)

(EWTN News/CNA) Vatican City, Aug 26, 2012 / 01:09 pm

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that a lack of sincerity in life is “the mark of the devil” as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Jesus Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him.

“The problem is that Judas did not go away, and his most serious fault was falsehood, which is the mark of the devil. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘One of you is a devil’,” said the Pope.

The pontiff said that Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary to help them to believe in Jesus as St. Peter did and “to be always sincere with him and with all people.”

The Pope continued his recent weeks’ reflections upon Jesus’s “Bread of Life” discourse as delivered in the synagogue of Capernaum.

After Christ declared himself to be “the living bread which came down from heaven” many of those who had followed him, records St. John in his Gospel, “drew back and no longer went about with him.”

Asked by Jesus if they too will leave, St. Peter replied on behalf of the Twelve “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” 

The one exception, said Pope Benedict, was Judas Iscariot who “could have left, as many of the disciples did; indeed, he would have left if he were honest.” Instead, he chose to remain with Jesus. Not because of faith or love, said the Pope, but out of a secret desire to take vengeance on his master.

“Because Judas felt betrayed by Jesus, and decided that he in turn would betray him. Judas was a Zealot, and wanted a triumphant Messiah, who would lead a revolt against the Romans.” Jesus, however, “had disappointed those expectations.”

The Pope, turning to the 11 apostles who did believe, reminded pilgrims of “a beautiful commentary” of St. Augustine in which the Church Father observed how St. Peter “believed and understood.”

“He does not say we have understood and believed, but we believed and understood. We have believed in order to be able to understand,” wrote St. Augustine in his Commentary on the Gospel of John.

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11 comments to Pope Benedict XVI: Insincerity Is The Mark Of The Devil!

  • Andrea Robson

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  • Those who advertise that they are Roman Catholics, but who do not believe in nor adhere to the Church’s teachings, do great harm to the entire Church throughout the world. We should pray for them and the salvation of their souls, but we cannot allow them to subvert the Church, her teachings, nor her institutions. We should, at every opportunity, reaffirm the precepts of the Church and do our best to point out to those who subvert where they err. We also need to be certain that each of us is living as a model of and witness to a Christian life.

  • Ruth Innes

    Is it truly a sin to disagree with some of the church’s teachings?

  • Maggie C.

    What a great blessing to grow up Catholic. I myself fell to the temptations of the world and I greatly thank the Lord for His mercy, there is no doubt in my mind that the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments brought me back to the feet of Jesus. we must pray constantly for those who persecute and undermine the church, no doubt those same prayers bring sinners, such as myself back to the Lord.

  • Joel Doc Berry

    The Devil asked OUR FATHER if he could have more time to tempt man & OUR FATHER gave him the time that he asked for. The seeds were planted and they have grown.We only have to look around and see their FRUIT. It is every where. From the HOLY SEE to our local parishes. Our MOTHER of Fatima told us to PRAY the ROSARY for the conversion of Russia & man.Very few of us Catholic’s pray, let alone pray their rosary.And even fewer pray for the conversion of Russia or man. Our most powerful weapons against EVIL are THE EUCHARIST AND THE ROSARY period. We have to fall on our face and PRAY. Pray for The Holy See, ALL of our Bishop’s, Priest, Religious & Laity. Only through our prayers & OUR FAITH can we Win the Hearts & Minds of those that have turned their backs on the Church. Only through Prayer can we defeat those that want to Destroy THE CHURCH from within. And Pray for The Poor Souls in Purgatory. There intercession will help bring about the change that is needed in our Church.

  • Sheila Flanagan

    Yes, we need to pray St. Faustina’s
    Daily Prayer for Priests
    O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church … give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in holiness.
    O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
    May the power of Your Mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priest, for You can do all things. – St. Faustina (Diary, 1052)

    Trying to raise real Catholic children in a world of Judas players who are trying to change the Church from within is a daunting task. Please fervently pray that the Blessed Mother protect all Catholic children and help parents to discern the truth.

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  • TG

    I pray for the Holy Father every day so he can finish the job of renewing the church. I also pray for the conversion of the unfaithful clery, religious and Catholic laity. At times I get so angry when I read of how they are undermining the church and causing scandal but then the Holy Spirit reminds me of what a great sinner I once and how God’s grace brought me back to the church. The same thing can happen to these unfaithful souls. Let us all pray for the Holy Father and clery every day. Today is also a good day to ask St. John the Baptist to pray for our church leaders so they can have the courage to speak the truth.

  • rod larocque

    This reflection on Judas is so relevant for today’s Church.
    It explains why so many within the institution don’t be honest and just leave.
    Instead they do all manner of mischief and cause scandal to the faithful, through watering down the faith and neglect of orthodox teaching.
    I guess we know why they stay? They want to destroy the Church from within, because they want to harm her, and in her, they harm Christ.
    This really is of the devil.

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    Far too many priest are smiling ear to ear in front of the Bishops
    and then going back to the parish and doing just the opposite. I have
    said many times that the church should send supervisors out the parishes
    and report what they see back to the Bishop.
    They can start with my parish. lol!

  • lisag

    How many Catholics want to rework Catholicism into what they want it to be. Like Judas they sell themselves out for something a lot less. They want the faith to conform to the world. As for me and my family we will follow the Lord and the Church he started.

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