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I n an exclusive Spero News interview, theologian and exorcist Father Jose Antonio Fortea speaks of the dangers of the occult arts but also the Harry Potter series of books.
He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney inMadrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. He has been a practicing exorcist for some twenty years. A session of her continuing exorcism was witnessed by skeptical Spanish journalists who came away shocked, shaken, and mystified. Spero News Religion editor Martin Barillas conducted an interview with Father Fortea in which he answered questions about possession and ways to avoid it.
In moments of crisis, the demon moves the body of the possessed even while possession does not diminish liberty. Are there cases when an ill-disposed person can or should communicate? One must never communicate without having a clean soul.
We must strive to purify our souls when we receive Jesus. Even in the final moments, in the queue of people who will receive communion, we can purify our souls a little more by making acts of repentance. People who communicate without having confessed grave sins are not conscious of what they receive. If they were, they would not do so. FORTEA : That is like asking a sailor who has made many voyages over the ocean to say something about what he has observed.
There are so many things… But I can say that the power of the demon is much less spectacular that what people may think. Screams, writhing on the ground, insults, vomiting, physical assaults upon the priest, spewing thick sputum — these are what the exorcist sees habitually.
More spectacular things are rare. And fans of black magic or the occult arts? Black magic does provoke possession because it involves invoking the devil. For example, divination is a sin but does not provoke possession. However, voodoo is indeed a cause of possession for those who practice it.
Is there a greater interest in the practice of exorcism on the part of the clergy or is there a greater number of possessed? Will you be giving conferences? MB : What is the meaning of the fascination or obsession among some young people for the series of books by J.
Rowling about Harry Potter the magician? Are they a danger to children? Can you present your ideas about the origins and effects of the Harry Potter phenomenon? I am neither in favour of condemning nor prohibiting them. To me, they are just unobjectionable stories. However, children are imitators by nature and tend to imitate what they read and what they see. It is therefore worrisome that reading these books may lead them to attempt the practice of magic or to believe that magic is not as dangerous as their instincts might tell them.
It is therefore necessary for parents to warn their children of the dangers of magic. There are prayers in which we beg God expressly to protect us from the snare of the Malignant One.
But in reality, every prayer has the same power since in the end it is a petition to God, not a formula that has a power in itself. Sometimes we say long prayers, sometimes short ones, sometimes oral prayers, and sometimes mental prayers.
But all of them protect us equally from the devil. Click here to download and print Interview with an Exorcist.
Interview with an Exorcist
Interview with an Exorcist: Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea
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