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Who are the most evil of all the demons?

March 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. Fortea, who are the most evil of all the demons?

One might logically assume that the most perverse demons would be those of the highest angelic choirs, but this is not Gargoyle_17the case. There is no relation between nature and sin. A demon of the lowest choir can be much more perverse than a superior demon. The evil that a free being can commit does not depend on the intelligence or the power that one possesses. An angel of the lowest hierarchy could exercise its virtues more than one of the more exalted hierarchies. In the same way, a humble, uneducated woman who devotes her entire life to doing God’s will can be holier than an archbishop or a pope.

Here’s an interesting related question: Is the hierarchy of angels the Bible gives us (angels, archangels, principalities, etc.) a hierarchy of grace or of nature? In other words, are the seraphim the holiest of the angels or merely the most powerful? Do they simply shine with a greater glow of angelic intelligence? It would seem that the angelic hierarchy is one of nature rather than holiness, since the visual description of the four living beings around the Lamb (the angels of the highest hierarchy) gives an impression of more power and knowledge, as do the very names of the nine hierarchies. Principalities and powers are names that seem to indicate strength more than anything else.

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


Art for this post on who are the most evil of demons: Gargoyle 17, Gargoyles Magdalen College, Oxford, England, photographed by Chris Creagh, 27 July 2009 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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  • LizEst

    I still say that, with all the intelligence that they do have, they are not very smart to do what they do knowing, as they must know, that Christ has already won the victory and that the gates of hell will never prevail.

    Thank you, Fr. Fortea. God bless you!

  • This is mindboggling stuff here…  🙂

  • LizEst

    Just watched this very powerful video, a talk given by someone who had a mystical experience of hell and purgatory. The speaker talks about many things we’ve discussed on this site. It’s perfect for Lent. It’s nearly 50 minutes long and well worth the time. It will “light a fire under your feet”…so to speak! I strongly recommend it.

    Here is the link:

  • I would have said Lucifer is the most evil of the the Demons since he was the most gifted of the Angels before the Fall

  • Dan

    Makes sense. St. Michael was just one level above the angels and we all know what he did.

  • AHD

    The most evil of all the demons has to be the “one” who continually makes me have excuses like: “I just have to… I’m just going to… I’m too tired to… I don’t have time to…”.
    Have I spent time with God today? No. Does God want to spend time with me? Oh yes!!!

    • LizEst

      AHD – You are not lost! At least you recognize what is going on. When the saints fell, they got back up and kept at it! “Consider that our Lord’s patience is directed toward salvation” (2 Peter 3:15a). They weren’t saints overnight but they endured to the end and could say with St. Paul, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). So, get back up and keep at it! You, too, will then be able to echo St. Paul’s words. God bless you AHD!

  • rod masom

    It would seem that the principal reason that lucifer can do so much damage as he wanders the world sowing confusion, hatred and blasphemy is that he is a Seraph, the brightest most intelligent of all the angels, but because of Non Serviam his intellect is darkened, therefore he can not do as much damage as he would try to. do. Am I on the right track? Thank you and God Bless you. MARLRITE

    • LizEst

      Father is saying that how much evil a demon can do is not dependent on their intelligence or the power they possess. It depends on how perverse or evil they are.

      This is kind of like how holy someone is. It does not matter what position of power or authority, or lack thereof, they hold in the Church, or how smart they are. A person’s holiness is determined by how much they are conformed to Christ: how well they hear the Word of God and keep it in their lives by following all He has commanded.

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