‘The devil, Satan, exists’: Italian exorcist declares the devil real and not symbolic

Italian priest and exorcist Fr. Sante Babolin said that “the devil, Satan, exists” and that “evil is not an abstraction,” in response to recent comments from Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Fr. Arturo Sosa said that “we have made symbolic figures, like the devil, to express evil.”

“Social conditioning can also represent this figure, since there are people who act [in an evil way] because they are in an environment where it is difficult to act to the contrary,” Fr. Sosa added.

Speaking to ACI Prensa June 2, Fr. Babolin recalled several places in documents and statements of the Church that show the true existence of the devil.

Fr. Babolin recalled the documents of the IV Lateran Ecumenical Council in 1215, state that Christians “firmly believe and simply confess” that God created “from nothing…the spiritual and the corporal, that is, the angelic and the mundane, and then the human. ”

“(T)he devil and other demons were created by God good in nature, but they themselves through themselves have become wicked,” notes the text of the council.

Fr. Babolin, known as the “exorcist of Padua,” also recalled two speeches of Pope Paul VI in 1972, which also confirm the existence of the devil “to the faithful, who tend to doubt the existence of Satan…his presence and action. ”

On June 29, 1972, Paul VI, alluding to the contemporary situation of the Church, said in his homily that it seemed “the smoke of Satan” entered the temple of God. That same year, on November 15, Paul VI warned that “one of the major needs of the Church” is to defend ourselves “from that evil that we call the Devil.”

Fr. Babolin also noted that the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the devil exists in reality, not in the abstract. In the section of the Catechism regarding the “deliver us from evil” petition of the Our Father, in para. 2851, it states that “in this petition, evil is not an abstraction, A person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The ‘devil’ (dia-bolos) is the one who ‘crosses’ in the design of God and his work of salvation fulfilled in Christ.”

Fr. Babolin said that the faithful should see the statement of the Fourth Lateran Ecumenical Council, the assertions of Paul VI and what is recorded in the Catechism as “three irrefutable points” about the existence of the devil.



  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Statements by church authorities ARE NOT EVIDENCE!!! Reports of demonic possession can easily be explained as dysfunctions of the brains of indoctrinated people.

    1. Bob Reply

      Your choice not to believe Tom, but I pray you do before you find out first hand. Be well.

  2. Bob Reply

    Tom, it’s your decision not to believe, but I do pray you do before you find out first hand. Be well!

  3. Patrick Gannon Reply

    If heaven is such a wonderful place, and if God is nothing but love, then why on earth, (or heaven), would Satan and his buddies want to rebel? It can’t get any better than heaven, right? So why did Satan and his buddies object? Was it because Yahweh is the same evil god that we read of in the Old Testament – a god who commands, commits or condones, slavery, genocide, sexism, racism, murder of innocents, prejudice against the disabled, etc.? It’s rather understandable that Satan might object to such an unsavory character, who in a petty and tyrannical manner, insists on being worshipped continually.
    Keep in mind that Satan does not kill anyone in the bible, while Yahweh kills hundreds of thousands if not millions. At best, Satan can be accused of killing Job’s family, but it’s unclear as to who actually kills them, and it has to be done with Yahweh’s permission in any event. Yahweh killed or allowed Satan to kill the innocent members of Job’s family over a wager. At the end of the story, Yahweh gives Job a new family – as though that would erase the memory of the family he murdered! It’s small wonder that Satan bailed out. Satan, after all told the truth in the mythical garden. He told the kids that the reason they were not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, was because the gods did not want the kids to become like gods. Gen 3:22 confirms that is exactly what happened. The talking snake also told Eve that she would not die when she ate of the fruit of the tree, and indeed she did not. Yahweh lied. There’s plenty of good reason for Satan to have bailed out!
    In early Christianity, there were some sects who thought that Jesus’ role was to save us from Yahweh, as he’s clearly an evil god. The Church squashed them out, but some of their writings remain.

  4. Bob Reply

    Patrick, I’d throw you a lifeline, but clearly you are so far under water clutching your boat anchor that it will not teach you.

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