Never mind my experience, the devil is real because the church says so
Italian priest and exorcist Fr. Sante Babolin has not leant on his years of experience wrestling with demons in a debate about the nature of the Devil– he has resorted to hitting the books
What got Babolin’s goat was Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus who started in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo 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.”
While you might think the bloke that is known as the “exorcist of Padua” like Babolin might have a lot of head turning practical reasons to think that the devil was a real, rather than symbolic figure, sadly Babolin’s arguments against Sosa are rather dull.
According to Angelusnews the exorcist says that the reason that the devil is a literal, rather than a symbolic figure is because the Church has decided it.
Fr. Babolin quoted lots of documents and statements of the Church through-out history that show the true existence of the devil including the IV Lateran Ecumenical Council in 1215.
He said that the Council insisted that Christians must “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. ” “The devil and other demons were created by God good in nature, but they themselves through themselves have become wicked.”
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.
No mention of “when I encountered this demon it said the devil was real,” It appears that rather than waiving a crucifix and ducking projectile vomit, all you have to do is quote a church committee meeting as your authority and the demons will flee – or at least have a snooze.