After performing 6,000 exorcisms, this priest says the devil fears him

Fr. Francisco Lopez Sedano is an 80-year-old Mexican exorcist. In the past 40 years of service, he has conducted at least 6,000 exorcisms.

And, he says, the devil is afraid of him.

Fr. Lopez told the newspaper Hoy Los Angeles (Los Angeles Today) that when the devil speaks to him through possessed people, he responds, “I am nobody, but I come from Christ, your Lord and God and you leave right now – I command you in His name that you go. Out!”

Fr. Lopez is the national coordinator emeritus of exorcism for the Archdiocese of Mexico, and he belongs to the order of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. Now, he continues his ministry in the Parish of the Holy Cross in Mexico City.

During the interview, the priest highlighted four things that he learned during his years as an exorcist.

First, he emphasized, the devil is a person and not a thing. He noted that Jesus confronted the devil many times and spoke to him. When speaking with a demon, “one isn’t talking with a thing, one is talking with a person.”

The evil one, he added, wants “to separate us from God, to frighten us, to threaten us, to make us tremble.”

“He brings us laziness, fatigue, sleepiness, distrust, desperation, hate; everything negative.”

Second, Fr. Lopez noted, the devil enters into persons because they allow him to do so.

“He can’t enter us if we do not open doors,” the priest said. “Because of this, God prohibits the practice of magic, superstition, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, consulting the dead and spirits and astrology. These are the seven lands of lies and deceit.”

“That the stars influence our life is the biggest lie. They are millions of kilometers away! They are bodies formed by metals and gasses – how can they influence us? It’s the same with magic, which attributes to objects a power that they don’t have. To carry a horseshoe because it’s going to give me good luck – it’s a lie.”

Another truth that Fr. Lopez has learned from decades of experience is that the possessed exhibit specific behaviors.

He said that he has observed possessed persons who “began to shout, to bark like a dog, to scream or writhe and who squirmed like a snake on the ground. There are a thousand forms.”

On one occasion, Fr. Lopez said, a boy around 18 years old pushed five large benches that were so heavy they should have required the strength of 10 people to move.

“He had a terrible strength. We had to get him between three people to practice the exorcism. Having the presence of the Other, already explains anything. They are able to climb the walls, yes. And fly too.”

Sometimes, the possessed person “hears voices, feels hatred or rejection of God where before they believed and now they stamp on the Bible. Other people have a terrible backache, but doctors say that they are perfectly fine.”

“The injuries of Satan are outside the control of clinical medicine,” he continued. “People who live with permanent diarrhea and nothing makes it go away; people who have eye pain and ophthalmologists find nothing. These are injuries that science does not detect.”

Finally, the priest said, decades of ministry have taught him that exorcism is a divine mandate.

Regarding his appointment as an exorcist some 40 years ago, he affirmed that it was “out of necessity” after seeing “very serious and painful cases.”

“A fellow priest who was involved in it made me see that fighting the Evil One was an obligation. He said to me, ‘You have to enter into this by the command of the Lord.’ The three mandates are to carry the word of God, heal the sick and cast out demons. All three are in valid in the Church.”



  1. thomraff Reply

    The simple antidote to this problem is to stop believing that this is real. Present ONE demonic possession case involving an atheist. (mic drop)

    1. Bob Reply

      An athiest would not seek an exorcism.

      1. Tom Rafferty Reply

        How many Christians seek an exorcist? It is the religious’ close friends and relatives who seek the help. If an atheist exhibited the signs noted here, there would be at least some cases of these close folks seeking an exorcism.

        1. Bob Reply

          Good question. I don’t know any athiests.

          1. Tom Rafferty

            How do you know there is a demonic reality? Science can adequately explain reports of such through natural brain activity.

        2. Jeff Reply

          Atheists don’t believe in God, are already under the control of Satan, so why would you consider this option. This comment does little to denigrate the important work of exorcisms.

    1. Bob Reply

      Must be true because some guy on a website says so? What are his credentials?

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “First, he emphasized, the devil is a person and not a thing”
    Note that numerous articles in this forum have referred to the devil as an angel – a fallen angel. Angels are not persons, or are they? We’ve been told that they are different from us. What defines a “person?”
    He says the devil enters us because we let him. He renounces magic, but what exactly is it, if not magic, that permits the devil to enter us? In order for something to inhabit our bodies, and force us to say and do things, it must, by definition, manipulate the particles in our natural world. What we know beyond reasonable doubt is that there are no external magical forces, such as he describes that act on our particles. We are made of particles, as is everything else in our natural world. We have an excellent understanding of the capabilities of the forces and particles that constitute our natural world, and there is no room or need for the magical forces of souls, gods, ghosts or devils to explain any characteristic or capability of our particles. This is just pure, superstitious gobbledygook nonsense, and the modern Catholic Church should be ashamed of itself for continuing to take advantage of people through the use of medieval magic and fear.
    He even knows enough to understand that the distant stars and planets have no effect on our particles, yet the forces of those planetary bodies are actually understood and measurable. The effects of his devil are completely unmeasurable and unobserved at the particle level. We have the ability to understand and document forces so tiny that they go right through us, like the billions of neutrinos that go through us all the time without doing a thing to our particles. If we can be aware of these neutrinos and measure their effect, or lack thereof, on our particles, how is it that some god/soul/ghost/devil thing which does manipulate our particles can go unnoticed by us? Why are there no actions of particles that could only be explained by unknown, external forces? The answer is simple – they don’t exist, or if they do, they are moot within our natural world and make absolutely no difference and can therefore be disregarded.
    Teaching children this kind of pseudoscientific garbage is psychological abuse and when we are more fully civilized it will be illegal. This forum/blog is apparently targeted to third world countries that have less education, and where superstitious nonsense like this can be indoctrinated into the ignorant (not stupid, just uneducated) people who will still believe it. Many of us in the western world who have decent educations understand that this Iron Age nonsense is utterly ridiculous, and people suffering from psychological issues need medical personnel not superstitious quacks.

  3. Peter Spasic Reply

    I can just envisage Satan chuckling to himself….

  4. Peter Spasic Reply

    I can just see Satan chuckling to himself and parroting, “Oh, I’m so scared of “Father” Lopez…

  5. Surge Reply

    Thomraff the reason why there are no cases of atheists being possessed is probably because there is no need for it by the devil. Why would the devil risk a non-believer to become a believer after possessing him/her?? Satan is smarter than us humans; he was once an Archangel.
    Now pick your mic back up.

    1. Peter Spasic Reply

      Lucifer was not an archangel (not even Gabriel either!)…Michael is the only angel given that title (Jude 9)
      Note in the reference to the apocryphal book of Enoch… Chapter 20 of the Book of Enoch mentions seven holy angels who watch, that often are considered the seven archangels: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Uriel, Saraqael, Raguel, and Remiel. The Life of Adam and Eve lists the archangels as well: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael and Joel.
      But the Bible does not support that ASSUMPTION.

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