Fr Sosa appeared to suggest the devil created by humans as a symbol of evil
Christians have “formed” the devil as a way of expressing evil, the Jesuit superior general has said.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Fr Arturo Sosa appeared to suggest that humans have created the devil as a symbolic means of representing evil.
“Christians believe that we are made in the image and likeness of God, and God is free, but He always chooses to do good because He is all goodness, Fr Sosa said.
“We have formed symbolic figures such as 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.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the devil is a real being, specifically a fallen angel who rebelled against God:
The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: ‘The generic ativan prescription devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.’