Satan or satan?

Q. Why do Catholic publications capitalize the name of satan [sic]? An organization that promotes devotion to the Blessed Mother brought this to my attention. By capitalizing his name the Catholic publications have put him on the same level as Jesus. My personal opinion is, he shouldn’t be on anyone’s level. Even my spell-checker wants me to capitalize it.

Annette, via email

A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:

It is simply common practice to capitalize all names of persons and particular places. The capitalization of names has nothing to do with the status of the persons so designated. The capital “s” in “Satan” only tells us there is a certain being known by that name. Nothing more.