Exorcist Monsignor Stephen Rossetti has a very active caseload of demonic possessions, and in each case two vivid lessons consistently emerge: demons possess or harass people in a myriad of ways (even when they do not enter a body), and they are defeated decisively by the power of Christ and His Church—and especially by invocations to the Blessed Mother.
Check out Fr. Rossetti’s Exorcist Blog https://www.catholicexorcism.org/ What follows is Monsignor’s insights into whether or not Judas was possessed by demons at the time of his betrayal of Jesus Fr. Rossetti:
This week in the daily liturgy we read the Gospel accounts of Judas’ betrayal. It is ugly stuff. The Scriptures say that Judas was a thief and took money from the common purse.
Moreover, he conspired with the chief priests and Temple officers on handing Jesus over to them. A real opening to the demonic. But was he possessed? The Scriptures are clear and graphic:
“Then Satan entered into Judas” (Lk 22:3). Moreover, John’s gospel tells the exact moment in which Judas became possessed: “After he took the morsel, Satan entered him” (Jn 13:27).
Some scholars believe that this refers to Judas having received the Eucharistic Body of Christ without faith and actually as a betrayer. He immediately left the Last Supper and the Gospel says, “It was night” (Jn 13:30). In a very difficult exorcism some time ago, we were faced with hundreds of demons.
We went through layers and layers of demonic cohorts, each captained by a different leader. At each point, I demanded to know that cohort leader’s name, which helped in casting them out. When each leader left, his entire cohort left with him.
At one point, demanding the name, I was surprised to hear the response, “Judas!” I further inquired, “Are you a demon using his name or the real human who betrayed Jesus?” In a shout filled with shame, he answered that he was truly the man.
Shortly thereafter, Judas was expelled. I asked how that happened, since I was not aware of him leaving.
The demons said: “She cast him out.” Of course, they were referring to Mary, the mother of Jesus.*
While the Church has never named anyone as definitively being in hell, Jesus himself said of Judas, “It would be better for that man if he had never been born”