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Anonymous Finn wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a question that has been bothering me and a few of my friends for quite sometime, and I was hoping you might be able to give me your understanding on the issue.

Pope St. Gregory the Great (590 to 604 A.D.) named the demon Asmodeus as an angel of the Order Of Thrones.

  • Why did he do this?

Asmodeus is clearly a demon of lust, jealousy, anger and revenge and not an angel of the Third Order of Thrones (which concern themselves with the enactment of divine justice). Divine justice is not revenge. It is orderly and perfect, unlike revenge which is base and of the animal soul.

Asmodeus was involved in the creation of King Solomon's temple, which was destroyed. We learned this in Psalm 127,

1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

Psalm 127:1

  • Why would a pope invoke a fallen angel, when it would cause destruction to people and the Church?

Thanks for your help.


  { Why would a pope invoke a fallen angel, when it would cause ruination to people and the Church? }

Eric replied:


This is a little arcane for us and I am unfamiliar with this incident but remember that demons are simply fallen angels, with the same classifications. So there are also thrones, cherubim, seraphim, and others among the demons.

As for Gregory, the reference I found for this was in Wikipedia:

It referred to a chapter, "Asmodeus, dandy among demons", in the book,

I found what certainly appears to be a copy of this chapter:

— [PDF] Asmodeus Dandy Among Demons.

online, and found no such reference. The book Evil Archaeology: Demons, Possessions, and Sinister Relics by Heather Lynn does mention it, but without attribution. I can find no primary source for this either on the Internet or in my extensive offline resources.

Supposing that it is true. I would submit that what Pope Gregory did was simply identify him as a throne, not appoint him as a throne. No angel could be appointed by a pope as a particular classification. That would be as absurd as saying that the pope could appoint a dog to be a human being. He simply has no such power.


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