"DEVIL (Gr. slanderer), i. A name commonly given to those angels who with
Lucifer or Satan (The Devil) rebelled against God. So far as their natural
characteristics are concerned they in no wise differ from the other angels; they
are purely spiritual beings who by their own act have lost supernatural grace.
The Devil, or Satan. The chief and leader of the rebelling angels and so of the
evil spirits which they now are. The nature and circumstances of their sin is a
matter of speculation, but St. Thomas teaches that it was a sin of pride... It
is of divine faith that the Devil and his wicked companions were created by God,
that they were good and by their own fault fell into sin, that the Devil tempted
man to his fall, that the devils still tempt and persecute mankind. It is
certain that they are pure spirits and as such have an intelligence of a high
order, and that they have a will now obstinately bent to evil..." (Catholic
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