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Are only Those who Want to be Condemned Actually Condemned?

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Father Fortea, are only those who want to be condemned actually condemned? No one really wants to be condemned. But some choose to be condemned because their sinful actions exclude them from the life of blessedness. In the same way, no one really wants to spend their lives on earth full of hatred and wishing evil on one’s neighbor, but some choose to live this way, much to their own suffering. Consciously... Read More

What is the Greatest Evil?

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under 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... 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:... Read More

What are the Types of Evil?

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under 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... 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... 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... Read More

Why Do We Sin?

December 19, 2013 by  
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Q.  Dear Father Fortea, why do we sin? A.  We sin because, due to the effects of original sin, our wills have been weakened, and we give in to temptation. When we are tempted, we must choose between two options: doing good or doing evil, committing a sin or living in virtue. In temptation, the will has to choose between two options; it knows that one option is good and the other evil but feels attracted... Read More

Does Evil Really Exist?

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Evil, Fr. Fortea

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Q.  Father Fortea, does evil really exist? A. Yes, it does. The first thing we need to know is that evil – like good – is an objective reality. Though many in today’s culture insist that morality is merely one’s personal opinion and is subjective (“what’s right for you might be wrong for me” and vice versa), this is a very grave error. Who could successfully argue that such things as... Read More

Telling the Truth: Confessions of a Former Tabloid Writer

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What do O. J. Simpson, The Bachelorette, Charlie Sheen and Angelina Jolie all have in common?  The tabloids love them. On the way to the grocery store checkout, one cannot help but notice headlines flashing the latest scandals.  If the high point of your day was discovering that cheese was on sale, reading up on the latest celebrity dirt is tempting. After all, it is not like you are sitting around... Read More

Can Demons Unite to Influence Society?

September 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea

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Q. Father Fortea, can demons unite and concentrate their efforts to influence society? A. The greatest power of the demons lies in tempting us to sin. Since they communicate among themselves, demons certainly work together and concentrate their efforts to influence human society. They do this by collectively devising strategies and by putting them into action in a specific place. While they desire... Read More

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