Exorcists’ association rebukes Jesuit head: Satan no symbolic entity but real and personal

Exorcists’ association rebukes Jesuit head: Satan no symbolic entity but real and personal

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[Catholic News Agency] An international organization of Catholic exorcists said Thursday that the existence of Satan as a real and personal being is a truth of Christian doctrine.

VIDEO: [Brian Holdsworth] Commentary on dissenters within the Catholic Church and in particular the recent statement by Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (better known as the Jesuits) that Satan is just a symbol and not a personal reality. [Aug 23, 2019]


“The real existence of the devil, as a personal subject who thinks and acts and has made the choice of rebellion against God, is a truth of faith that has always been part of Christian doctrine,” the International Association of Exorcists said in an Aug. 22 press release.

The organization’s release came in response to recent remarks on the devil from Jesuit superior general Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, which the organization called “grave and confusing.”

The exorcists said they released their statement to provide “doctrinal clarification.”

Sosa made headlines earlier this week when he told Italian magazine Tempi that “the devil exists as a symbolic reality, not as a personal reality.”

The devil “exists as the personification of evil in different structures, but not in persons, because is not a person, is a way of acting evil. He is not a person like a human person. It is a way of evil to be present in human life,” Sosa said.

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