Vatican City, Dec 26, 2019 / 18:54 pm
Though dramatic representations of demonic possessions, as seen in Hollywood, can make them appear to be the primary method of the devil, one Dominican priest and exorcist has warned that the greater and more common threat to a person's salvation is the temptation to sin.
"The most common manifestation of the demonic is temptation, which is much more significant than possession," Fr. Francois Dermine, OP, told CNA.
An exorcist for over 25 years, he explained that possession is not a spiritual threat in the same way temptation is, and that a person who has been possessed by the devil may still make "extraordinary spiritual progress," and could even one day be a saint.
This is because demonic possession of a person's body occurs without that person's knowledge or consent. The possession in and of itself does not make the victim morally blameworthy.