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Disobedience of the Fallen Angels

June 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

Thanks for good answer, but still I find room for expansion. For example, if the Devils knew very clearly that their disobedience would have made them miserable, did they possess a complete picture of their future situation when they rebelled? Or are they so masochistic that they like to be miserable? Also, why our Good Lord would give them a kind of role in the following creation of humans, as e.g. by tempting Adam and Eve? Job? And even tempting Jesus, who calls Satan the “Prince of this World”. Should instead the Devils be completely banned by any interference with the creations of God? Is God too generous with them? Thanks.

disobedience of the fallen angels, or devilsYou are asking some great questions! Proper answers to them would require a long philosophical and theological reflection on topics like the creation and the fall of the angels, the creation of the physical universe, the nature of free will, the nature of spiritual substances, the hierarchy of being, and the providence of God. As you can imagine, I won’t be able to offer that kind of general theological presentation on this forum. But I don’t want that to discourage you from continuing to seek answers. The desire to understand these things more deeply is surely a gift from our Lord, and your continued search will lead you to greater wisdom and holiness, if you continue to follow sincerely and humbly where it leads. But even though I can’t answer your questions satisfactorily hear, allow me to point you to places where you can continue your exploration.

I highly recommend that you begin to study some of the works of Peter Kreeft. He offers an excellent introduction to the theology of angels and demons in his book Angels and Demons: What Do We Really Know about Them? He also offers an excellent introduction to Thomistic philosophy and theology in his Summa of the Summa. [In addition], I can also recommend the series of lectures on this topic by the late Fr. John Hardon, SJ (available here: http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/MP3/RP0022000.htm).

I hope you are able to find these resources and continue your search for a greater understand of these mysteries. God bless you!

In Him, Fr John

Fr John Bartunek, LC, SThD
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Art for this post on the disobedience of the fallen angels: Colorized Satan Descends Upon Earth Illustration for John Milton's “Paradise Lost”, Gustave Doré, 1866, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

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