Fr. José Antonio Fortea

Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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Leviathan – Why the Various Heads?

Father Fortea, why is it said that Leviathan had various heads? In Psalm 74:14, we read: “You crushed the heads of Leviathan.” If Leviathan is only one being, why is the plural “heads” used? Just as the pope is the visible head of the Church, and each pope is an individual person, each, in turn,


Why is the Devil Called “The Accuser”?

Father Fortea, why is the devil called “The Accuser”? “For the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God” (Revelation 12:10). Every time we sin, Satan rejoices, and he never lets pass an opportunity for pointing out our offenses to God. In this sense, he “accuses”


Do God and the Devil Talk among Themselves?

Father Fortea, do God and the devil really talk among themselves as in the book of Job? In the Scriptures, Satan speaks with God to throw in His face the sins that men commit. But this is not a real and authentic conversation. So do true conversations take place between God and the devil? The


Why does the Bible Call the Devil “the Prince of this World”?

Father Fortea, why does the Bible call the devil “the prince of this world”? On some occasions, the Bible uses expressions in reference to the devil that seem excessive. Nevertheless, everything in the Scripture is perfectly measured. In the Church’s official Latin translation of the Bible, God is called Dominus (Lord) and Rex (King). There


Is the Devil the Beast in the Book of Revelation?

The Beast in the Book of Revelation Father Fortea, is the devil the beast in the book of Revelation? No. The book of Revelation clearly distinguishes between the three key figures who will arise in opposition to Christ and the Church at the end of time: the Antichrist, the beast, and the dragon (or serpent).


Can the Devil have a Human Child?

Can the Devil have a Human Child? Father Fortea, can the devil have a human child? No. This is absolutely impossible for the simple reason that demons are spiritual beings. A spirit, by definition, has no body, and therefore cannot procreate with a human being. So the popular notion – which turns up frequently in


Can Demons Unite to Influence Society?

Father Fortea, can demons unite and concentrate their efforts to influence society? 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


Can Demons Cause Disasters and Accidents?

Father Fortea, can demons cause disasters and accidents? If demons had the freedom to cause natural disasters, the whole world would fall into chaos. So the short answer is no – demons cannot cause disasters and accidents at will. Why? Simply because God prevents them from doing so. Storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters ordinarily


Can Demons Read our Thoughts? — An Exorcist Responds

Can Demons Read Our Thoughts? Father Fortea, can demons read our thoughts? No. Though demons can tempt us, they cannot read our thoughts. With their great intelligence, they can guess what we are thinking – but they can never be absolutely certain. As spiritual beings, they are much more intelligent than we are, and as


Can Demons Cause Nightmares?

Dear Fr. Fortea, can demons cause nightmares? Yes, even though there is no way of knowing when a nightmare has a natural cause or a demonic one. We can only suspect that it has a demonic cause when there are other indications that point to this. There are cases where no psychiatrist has been able

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