There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist César Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism held in Rome last year.
Fr. Truqui warned that everything that is harming the family, including divorce, pleases the devil.
Speaking to the Italian weekly
Tempi in 2015, the priest said that there is “a demon who specializes
in the attack on the family, also cited in the story of Tobias, called
In the Old Testament book, the demon is known to have killed seven of
Sarah's husbands and was chained in the desert by Saint Raphael. The
demon “is present” in many exorcisms, Fr. Truqui said.
The priest recalled encountering the demon “in exorcisms by Father
Gabriele Amorth and Father Francisco Bamonte, whom I assisted.”
recently-deceased Fr. Amorth was a renowned exorcist in Rome who has
performed an estimated 70,000 exorcisms over the course of 29 years.
Carrying out an exorcism can require multiple sessions and each time the
rite is administered it is counted as one instance.
“I remember a young couple, very united, who wanted to get married,
however, the woman had to undergo an exorcism to be set free,” Fr. Truqi
During the exorcism “the demon was furious and threatened Fr. Amorth
in order to prevent the marriage, otherwise he would kill the young
woman. Obviously, it was a threat from the Liar which in fact did not
In that regard, the priest added that the devil also seeks to attack
the family through ideologies and lifestyles, as well as individualistic
thinking and the spread of divorce.
“They think 'if I don't like my husband anymore, I would be better
off divorcing' but they forget about the consequences to the children
and society,” he said.
“This mentality that works against the family
pleases the devil – he knows that a man who is alone without any points
of reference is manipulable and unstable.”
“Even today, and I'm more than 50 years old, just thinking that my
mother and father love each other forever, I find comfort and courage.
In contrast, the children of separated parents are more fragile and
wavering,” he said.
In 2014, Pope Francis gave an address to
the Charismatic Renewal, in which he pointed out that the devil seeks
to destroy families because that is where Jesus grows, in the midst of
the love of the spouses and in the lives of their children.
“He grows in the love of the spouses, he grows in the lives of the
children. And that's why the enemy attacks the family so much. The
devil does not love the family. He seeks to destroy it, he wants to
eliminate love there,” he warned at Rome's Olympic stadium before 52,000
On that day Francis reminded that “families are these domestic
churches. The spouses are sinners, like everyone, but they want to
progress in the faith, in their fruitfulness, in the children and their
And so he asked the Lord to “bless the family, make it strong, in this crisis in which the devil wants to destroy it.”