Is an exorcist afraid? What is the devil's favorite sin?
other questions were tackled in an interview with the Dominican priest,
Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona
in Catalonia, Spain.
Almost a decade after Fr. Gallego was
appointed as exorcist, he was interviewed by the Spanish daily El Mundo.
The priest said that in his experience, pride is the sin the devil
likes the most.
“Have you ever been afraid?” the interviewer asked.
the beginning I had a lot of fear,” Fr. Gallego replied. “All I had to
do was look over my shoulder and I saw demons… the other day I was doing
an exorcism, ‘I command you! I order you!’…and the Evil One, with a
loud voice fires back at me: ‘Galleeeego, you’re over-doooing it.’ That
Nevertheless, he knows that the devil is not more
powerful than God. The exorcist recalled that “when they appointed me, a
relative told me, ‘Whoa, Juan José, I’m really afraid, because in the
movie ‘The Exorcist,’ one person died and the other threw himself
through a window. I said to her ‘Don’t forget that the devil is (just a)
creature of God.’”
When people are possessed, he added, “they
lose consciousness, they speak strange languages, they have inordinate
strength, they feel really bad, you see very well-mannered people
vomiting and blaspheming.”
“There was a boy whom the demon would set his shirt on fire at
night and things like that. He told me what the demons were proposing
him to do: If you make a pact with us, you’ll never have to go through
any more of what you’re going through now.”
Father Gallego also
warned that “New Age” practices like reiki and some yoga can be points
of entry for the demons. He also said that addictions are “a type of
“When people are going through a crisis they suffer
more. They can feel hopeless. People feel like they’ve got the devil
inside,” he said.