I was just talking to someone about how many priests around my age and below (late 50s early 60's) are falling ill with quite serious conditions. When I looked at some of the new blog messages on the sites I have linked with I found another, younger, priest who has become unconscious with what seems to be a brain tumor. These priests are all good men. I am beginning to think there is "something going on" as we say. Many have not faced up to the suggestion - a strong one, I think - that the recent terrible scandals have been at least partly engineered by Satan.
At the same time, it may be that the enemy is not content with attacking priests at the level of some dangerous immaturity but is also, in some way, causing them to fall ill, whether mentally or physically. Can Satan do this? Many will say not - even some exorcists will deny it, but it is well-known for physical illnesses to be tied up with infestations, obsessions and maybe other manifestations of evil. I know of one case - a young layman - who was definitely incapacitated by evil spirits. After a dramatic deliverance he improved enormously. In case anyone is wondering, I can personally testify - because I know the case - that there was no serious mental illness present and, therefore, his problems could not technically be described as "psychosomatic". Is it possible that good priests are now being more viciously attacked? It may come about through deception, the activity of a third party or through some other, apparently normal, event. Perhaps some priests are becoming over-stretched and overtired or are not looking after themselves. These things can certainly be encouraged by the enemy. I just ask the question.