Satan gets a lot of “credit” for a lot of bad stuff. Does the Church teach that the fallen angels play an active part in tempting people today to sin? Is there a demon trying to tempt me right now? I am aware of temptation. There’s candy just down the hall… I can (usually) resist this temptation. But how much does a demon have to do with it?
I looked at the relevant section of the Catechism. The Church definitely teaches that Satan played a part in the fall of mankind. But what about direct influence on anyone other than Adam & Eve (and Jesus)?
The most direct teaching I could find is in #407:
By our first parents’ sin, the devil has acquired a certain domination over man, even though man remains free. Original sin entails “captivity under the power of him who thenceforth had the power of death, that is, the devil”.
That seems to fall short of teaching that any fallen angel engages in active temptation of anyone. It’s more like we’re living in the devil’s dungeon (but he could be ignoring us).
There is, of course, the matter of demonic possession, which is briefly addressed in CCC 1673.
But this extreme example is not what I refer to.
Does the Church teach that the activity of a demon is at least partially responsible for all (or ANY) of the temptation that I (or you) personally experience?
Or, does the Church teach that we have a fallen nature and are predisposed to temptation without any deliberate activity by any demonic entity? Because that’s what the Catechism seems to say.