Can the Devil have a Human Child?
Father Fortea, can the devil have a human child?
So the popular notion – which turns up frequently in novels and movies – that the devil, at the end of time, will impregnate a woman who will give birth to his child, and that this child will grow up to be the Antichrist, is not only contrary to the clear teachings of the Bible and the Church but is metaphysically impossible.
Even though a demon may appear in a corporeal (i.e., bodily) manner, it remains a spirit; it only appears to have a body. This appearance remains something external to its being.
Editor’s Note: To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. José Antonio Fortea’s excellent book Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.
Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull is a priest, exorcist, and writer from Spain. He has published many books, some of which have been translated from Spanish into English, and has spoken at various venues in the United States. His most famous title is the Summa Daemoniaca, currently available only in Spanish. His book Exorcistica is a supplemental publication of Summa Daemoniaca.
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Art for this post on whether the devil can have a human child: Folio 108r Lucifer Torturing Souls As Well As Being Tortured Himself In Hell, Limbourg Brothers, between 1411 and 1416, PD-US published in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1923, author’s life plus 100 years or less; detail of Padre José Antonio Fortea 2017, photographed by Elgatoconbotaselgatoconbotas, 5 May 2017 own work, CCA-SA 4.0 International, both Wikimedia Commons. Cover of “Interview with an Exorcist” used with permission, all rights reserved.