Originally Posted by Christy42
However why surprise at the Pope believing in the devil.
Catholicism is complicated.
Ordinary joe soaps in the church pews believe all sorts of nonsense about the power of prayer, holy water, the child of prague, Medjugore, secrets of Fatima, the BVM statue on the wall with the flickery electric bulb, on and on. There is even folk religion from pre-christian times still practiced, like tying tat to bushes at holy wells.
A Catholic theologian at a seminary will believe absolutely none of that. Not a feckin word. Yet it is nominally the same religion, and the hierarchy are careful not to step on the stupid beliefs of the ignorant where possible.
I am surprised that someone can rise to be Pope and still believe the simple-minded stuff like the Devil literally walking the Earth.