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Does the devil really exist?

November 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Does the Devil Really Exist?

Dear Fr. Fortea, is the devil merely a symbol of evil, or does [the devil] really exist?

Demons are personal spiritual beings, as is the chief demon, the devil. Those Christians who deny the existence of demons and say that they are merely symbols of evil are heretics. Against this false belief stand the teachings of Christ, the teachings of the Bible, and the teachings of the Church (click here to see the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 391—395).

the devilTo learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Father José Antonio Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.


Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull is a priest, exorcist and writer from Spain. He has published many books, some of which have been translated from Spanish into English, and has spoken at various venues in the United States.

To see many other posts on spiritual warfare and demonology, click on the following link to see all our posts in this series: Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and Their Links) on


Art for this post on whether or not the devil really exists: Detail of Padre Fortea 2017, photographed by Elgatoconbotaselgatoconbotas, 5 May 2017 own work, CCA-SA 4.0 International, Wikimedia Commons. Cover of Interview with an Exorcist used with permission, all rights reserved. Feature image art: Modified enhanced detail of Temptation of Jesus (Inside St Benedict's Catholic Church [also known as “Painted Church”), Father John Berchman Velghe, late 1800s, phtographed by T. Kean, 2 September 2012, own work, CCA-SA 3.0 Unported, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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  • Jackie

    It is so refreshing to read Fr. Fortea’s book “Interview with an Exorcist”.  The subject of demons, the devil, hell and spiritual warfare is lacking in so many of our interactions within the church.  As a former Protestant, it was never talked about and for some does not exist.  I have found in returning the the church, there are many who hold to that thinking as well and for the life of me I cannot understand why there is such a revulsion to this topic.  When I was in the process of returning to the church, I experienced and have on occasion recently experienced spiritual warfare almost on a daily basis.  It is real and to ignore this is to ignore scripture and the teachings of Christ and then fall into that deadly sin of Pride.

    • LizEst

      So true, Jackie. Thanks for pointing out these realities.

      To deny that devils and hell exist is to deny the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ because it was for this reason that our Lord became man, to save us from that original sin (and all others) that deprived us of the eternal life of happiness with God…and that sin, together with all the rest that have followed since, was provoked by the devil. Deny those realities and one denies any reason for our salvation. It’s one of the devil’s big traps!

  • Guest

    This is good information. We talking about loving God and loving one another, but how do we get there, and what is preventing it. There are roadblocks that we need to communicate in order to move forward into more communion of Love and Truth.

  • What can I say, coming late after my busy Divine Mercy week since Friday? Surely, if anyone denies that the devil and demons exist, I re-echo this statement ONLY – that one is a heretic and needs our prayers – very, very many non-stop Prayers. St. Michael the Archangel, come to our aid in the fight against the enemies of our souls and Eternal Life with God in Heaven

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