“The world must know that Satan exists,” he told CNA recently. “The devil and demons are many and they have two powers, the ordinary and the extraordinary.”
The 86-year-old Italian priest of the Society of St. Paul and official exorcist for the Diocese of Rome explained the difference.
“The so-called ordinary power is that of tempting man to distance himself from God and take him to Hell. This action is exercised against all men and women of all places and religions.”
As for the extraordinary powers used by Satan, Fr. Amorth explained it as how the Devil acts when he focuses his attention more specifically on a person. He categorized the expression of that attention into four types: diabolical possession; diabolical vexation like in the case of Padre Pio, who was beaten by the Devil; obsessions which are able to lead a person to desperation and infestation, and when the Devil occupies a space, an animal or even an object.”
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I’m not too interested with some of this theological statements – because I can separate the fact that he fully believes what he has been taught, and while I may disagree with him over that, there are bigger fish to fry – but I am interested in his notion of evil.
Clearly, he is not Bultmannian.
Do you explain evil? Is it personified or actually embodied? Is there a honest to goodness Satan and his band of evil demons, or is Satan more of a Loki type character?