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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin? Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.

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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin?

Satan lost sanctifying grace by committing the sin of pride alone (not envy, disobedience, or any other sin; cf. Hugon, O.P., Tractatus Dogmatici vol. 1 p. 693, PDF p. 353).

Suárez's De angelis lib. 7 cap. 15 (pp. 897-910) goes into much depth regarding the question of "Whether, besides pride, Lucifer committed other sins in via" and whether these were "by diverse acts or by diverse ill-wills of the same [act]."


Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin?

cf. Summa Theologica I q. 63 a. 2 "Whether only the sin of pride and envy can exist in an angel?" co.:

omnia peccata in Dæmonibus esse contingit, quia dum homines ad omnia peccata inducunt, omnium peccatorum reatum incurrunt.

all sins are in the demons; since by leading men to sin they incur the guilt of all sins.

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  • Does his punishment in hell increase as he incurs more sins (via tempting humans)? – Thom May 8 at 20:31
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    @Thom Demons' wills are obstinate in the evil chosen, so how could they will more or less evil and incur more or less punishment? – Geremia May 11 at 4:38
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    cf. Maldonado (commenting on Mt. 8:29, quoted on PDF p. 210n14 of Sacræ Theologiæ Summa IIB): "The opinion must be held that the Church has already recognized, namely, that even now the demons are tormented and wherever they go...they take their punishments along with them; but that they are punished less now because they have the power to roam about the world and to harm men." – Geremia May 11 at 4:40

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