God created man in his grace and immortal, that is, not subject to suffering and death as we now experience it. Adam and Eve revolt against God subjected mankind to suffering and death which is the domain of Satanic Powers. St. Paul remind us of the warfare we are waging thus:
|"For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens." (Eph. 6:120|
But, suffering and death is also amplified by evil thoughts, desires and actions which adds to human suffering. Our daily news accounts are full of man inflicting suffering on other human beings. Behind sexual abuse, murder, stealing, etc. lies the suggestions of the satanic powers. Ideologies such as ISIS, White Supremacy, Terrorism, etc. is the formation in human minds of a system of ideas, values and feelings concerning the social order which is contrary to the plan of God. Democracy itself is not free from demonic influence when the Constitutions are interpreted without considering the Natural Law. In this case, an evil human law is made supreme. Satan's suggestion thast all religions are equal keeps many from finding the truth God has revealed.
Even the Church of Christ is not immune from the suggestions of the Devil. His strategy here is "divide and conquer". If we look back in history we see that Henry VIII was a Catholic (Catholic means belonging to the universal Church) and Martin Luther was a Catholic Augustinian Monk. They began the so called Reformation.
Henry VIII was king of England from 1509-1547. He was married to Catherine of Aragon who gave birth to a girl. He wanted to divorce her and marry Anne Boylen. The Pope refused to grant him a divorce because he was lawfully married to Catherine. So, Henry made himself the head of the Church of England in order to do as he pleased. And so began the Anglican Church.
Martin Luther (1483-1546) was Catholic Augustinian monk and theologian in Germany. He was right in criticizing the selling of indulgences but went too far when he taught that man was saved by faith alone without good works. He also taught that the Bible alone was the source of revealed knowledge thus abandoning Tradition. Many germans followed him, thus began the Lutheran Church. Since than many Protestant denominations have arisen feeling free to interpret the Bible as each saw fit.
The Catholic Church has stood firm on its teaching basing its authority on what Christ said to Peter, "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it." (Mt 16:18) Pope Frances is the successor of St. Peter and the representative of Christ on earth who cannot be wrong when teaching the truths of faith and morals, but he can be wrong on other matters. For example, he could be wrong in his teaching on Global Warming because this truth has to be confirmed by scientific reason alone.