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What Is The Difference Between Magic And Religion?

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is the difference between magic and religion? A.  When we speak here of magic we are not referring to the popular art of the “magician” who pulls a rabbit out of a hat or makes things (apparently) disappear. Such “magicians” are just entertainers – illusionists – who use various techniques to trick our eyes. In this discussion, the word magic refers to occult practices performed by witches... Read More

What is the Greatest Evil?

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Sin, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is the greatest evil? A.  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the greatest evil is sin (CCC 1488). Since God is love and sin leads to the rejection of His love, sin inevitably leads to hatred – of God, of humanity, of those around us, and of ourselves. Those who allow themselves to walk the path of hatred can reach the point where they hate all four objects with their entire strength.... Read More

Does “Infinite Evil” Exist?

March 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Evil, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, does “infinite evil” exist? A. No, evil is limited. Evil always exists in a finite being; it does not exist in itself. While an infinite being (i.e., God) can exist, infinite evil cannot because it is merely a lack (or privation) of a good that should be present in a being. But, one may ask, couldn’t an infinite being deform itself infinitely? Here’s the problem: to degrade itself, this infinite... Read More

What are the Types of Evil?

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what are the types of evil? A.  While the variety of particular evils is infinite, theologians typically distinguish between physical and moral evils. Remember our earlier definition of evil: the lack (or privation) of a good that should exist in a thing. Here’s a good example of a physical evil: the painting the Mona Lisa is good, but a knife mark left by a vandal would be an evil because it causes a lack... Read More

Does God Hate the Demons?

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea

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Q.  Father Fortea, does God hate the demons? A.  No. God, being perfect, is Love itself. The created world is God’s act of love, and as part of His creation, demons remain essentially good and loved by God. It is true, though, that God hates sin because it harms the perfection of His creation. Sin ultimately leads to the condemnation of those who remain unrepentant, but this does not mean God hates sinners. This is the terrible... Read More

Will Evil Exist Forever?

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, will evil exist forever? A.  Yes, in a certain sense. The clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church affirm that both demons and condemned human beings will exist for all eternity in hell. In this sense evil will exist indefinitely. Evil will exist forever within these fallen angels and humans. At the end of time, the divine order will be established in a perfect way; God’s truth will triumph. But... Read More

What is Evil?

February 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Featured, Fr. Fortea

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is evil? A.  Evil is the lack (or privation) of a good that should be present in a thing. For example, blindness is a physical evil because it is the absence of the ability to see, which is proper to a human being. In moral terms, sin is the absence of a particular virtue in a person. As such, evil is not something that exists in itself; it is merely the absence of the good (see Catechism of the Catholic... Read More

Exorcist Interview About Recent Possession

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Parish Priest Aids Family in Fight Against Demons In an exclusive National Catholic Register interview, Father Michael Maginot discusses his role in serving as an exorcist to help an Indiana family who appeared to be afflicted by demonic possession. It was the most bizarre situation in thirty years of his priesthood, according to Father Michael Maginot of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville, Indiana. He was asked to save... Read More

What Language Do the Demons Speak?

February 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what language do the demons speak? A.  Demons, as pure spirits, do not need a language to communicate with each other; they simply communicate at will through the power of thought. Human beings communicate through words, which are symbolic representations of our thoughts. Spiritual beings, on the other hand, transmit thought in a pure state without the need for mediation or signs.   Editor’s Note:  To... Read More

What can be done against temptation?

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Q. Father Fortea, what can be done against temptation? A.  We must immediately resist it with the help of God’s grace. A temptation is harmless if we resist and do not entertain it. From the moment we begin to dialogue with a particular temptation, though, considering the pros and cons of what it offers, our opposition to it begins to weaken, and it is far more difficult to resist succumbing to it. Confessors often see some... Read More

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