The devil is the cause of the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals, Pope Francis says.
In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.
"(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past," Francis said.
Since he was elected in 2013, Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real.
Francis is so convinced that Satan is ultimately to blame for both the sexual abuse scandals and the divisions within the Church that he has enlisted the aid of a spiritual big gun - St Michael the Archangel.
Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise.
Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St. Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse.
The prayer reads:
"St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls."
Australian Associated Press