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Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the superior general of the Jesuit order, suggested that the devil is a “symbolic figure,” in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

“We have formed symbolic figures such as the devil to express evil,” Father Sosa said. He added evil can also be a product of one’s social environment, saying that “there are people who act because they are in an environment where it is difficult to act to the contrary.”

Questioned about the role of women in the Church, Father Sosa expressed satisfaction that Pope Francis has opened a discussion on the historic role of women as deacons. While he stopped short of saying that women might be ordained to the priesthood, he said: “The Pope has opened the door to the diaconate by creating a commission. Perhaps they could open more doors afterwards.”

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=31721

I would suggest that he help out some of the exorcists as they try to expel the symbol.
The Jesuits are a heartbreaking order. Sure, there are some good men among them, but they are by and large terrible. Poor Saint Ignatius, to see what has become of his order. If there are any men among us who wish to enter into an order or society which has a strong intellectual tradition, join the Dominicans.
This priest needs to witness a few exorcisms. That might make him change his mind...
I would like to share with you a similarily preocuppying obervation, which also sheds light on the fact that Father Sosa isn't sactioned by the CDF:

While reading the German standard textbook about catholic dogmatics ("Katholische Dogmatik", 10 ed.), by the current prefect of the Congegration for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, I found myself shocked about his views and treatment of the subject "Angels, Demons and the Devil".

-First of all, the whole subject only occupied 3 pages in a book with more than 800 pages, with only half a page about demons and the devil.

-The real shocker was this statement (my own translation): "Existence and effectiveness of Angels are not(!) explicit object of faith. (...) the teaching about existence and significance are only a topic of secondary significance."
-> Objection: If you look at the work "Fundamentals of catholic Dogma" by Ludwig Ott, there are more than 10 "De Fide" Teachings about angels and demons. So why does Cardinal Müller imply that you don't have to believe in their existence as a Catholic?

- Then he paraphrases Karl Rahner: "Angels symbolize(!!!) in their real existence created cosmic part structures of an personal kind"; Be aware: cardinal Müller doesn't clearly state that angels (which would include the devil) are persons....but only says that they somehow "symbolize" something of a "personal kind".

I find it very preoccupying that the standard textbook for forming clergy in Europe presents this crucial topic in a way that gives the impression that believe in the existence in angels - and therefore the devil - is something optional for Christians. More so if it is written by the one person in charge for sanctioning heretics (CDF). As far as I know, the concerning book will be published in the USA in October 2017 and then it might well become the standard textbook in forming clergy there as well.
My God, how can one be more stereotypically jesuit than this?
The jesuits needs to be disbanded again, St.Inigo would understand.
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.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/i...bol-97611/
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.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/i...bol-97611/
n an address to members of the Congregation for the Clergy, the chairman of the International Association of Exorcists appealed for an improved formation of seminarians.

“Those in charge of training seminarians, in light of the Gospel and of the Church teachings, should instruct them about the real existence, substance and nature of the demonic world,” said Father Francesco Bamonte.

“The scant attention paid by seminaries and theological faculties to the demonic world today, and even its denial by some professors,” he continued, “is an extremely worrying factor.”

Poor seminary formation, said Father Bamonte, leaves priests

unable to guarantee a profound spiritual direction … unable to offer the faithful a suitable catechesis on the devil’s activities, and unable to address the serious problems related to the rise in occult practices we have seen in recent decades, which has opened the door for the devil’s ever more virulent and powerful action in society.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=31939