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Can the Devil have a Human Child?

September 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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, can the devil have a human childhas no body, and therefore cannot procreate with a human being.

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.

To see many other posts on spiritual warfare and demonology, please click on the following link to see all our posts in this series: Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and Their Links) on SpiritualDirection.com

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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.

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About Fr. Jose 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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  • Yule

    Thank you for sharing.

    I’m just curious if angels can have a child such as the Nephilims before the great flood.

    “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. “~ Genesis 6:4. Thank you.

  • Yule

    Father,

    Thank you for sharing.
    Can you tell me more about this passage in Genesis 3:4, who are these sons of God, what spiritual beings were they.

    “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.”

    • Brother Rolf

      The jews and early Christians did believe that the Watcher angels left their right estate and found the daughters of men fair and inseminated them. Their progeny were nephilim, giants. Read the Book of Enoch, a book Jesus and Peter quoted. It was found with the dead sea scrolls.

  • patricia

    How interesting this post father. What about possession of a baby by cultic rituals which are demonic. This seems more realistic. Thanks for the insight and clarity.

  • Mary

    How then does one answer an agnostic who claims the same is true or the Holy Spirit? How did the Holy Spirit inseminate Mary? Who’s spermatozoa was used?

    • Brother Rolf

      God did not need sperm. Jesus was a parthenogenic birth, %100 Mary.

      • Mary

        Ok, and that makes sense, except for the Y chromosome – as a woman she doesn’t have one – how do I explain that? Thank you!

        • Dear Mary – we have to avoid the mistake of thinking about how God accomplishes things as if he is subject to His own creation. God can do whatever he wants with any created thing.

          • Mary

            So then there is no explanation to offer my agnostic relative? It is so very frustrating to engage in these conversations. Sometimes I find the arguments we use to dismiss other beliefs/myths can be turned around and used “against” us. Quite often I find myself backed into a wall – defending my faith only by telling them that they must have faith.

        • Is God unable to create this?

          Sent from my iPad

          • Mary

            One day I will meet a Catholic, hopefully, a holy priest, who can help me to answer the questions posed to me by those who do not believe. Until that day comes, I will not cease searching for such answers. It is not wrong to ask how and only go with the “God did it” answer. If it were, God would not have given us inquiring minds and science. He would not have given us Monseigneur George Lemaitre nor Copernicus. I am not an infant Catholic – I have been faithful longer than you and led many to the faith. I do appreciate your attempts to assist in answering me but you fall short of what it is I am truly seeking. I am not questioning God – I am looking for answers for those whom I think truly believe more than even they know that they do. Such blithe answers frustrate them and send them running instead of seeking for more. I think they are on the verge of a break through and am in search of ways to help them make progress. Pax Christi.

          • Dear Mary, I am sure that I earned your defensive tone and mild insult for a reason. If I am reading you right and I have offended you, please accept my apologies. My answers were in no way meant to offend. Sometimes simple is actually true. In this case, when God supersedes the natural and violates the laws of nature it is an act of futility to attempt to explain the phenomenon using the laws of nature that He has in some way violated. You have allowed your agnostic friend to lead you into an intellectual trap that, given the assumptions, you cannot escape from. I strongly recommend a book by a brilliant and seasons apologist who like you has been a Catholic and an apologist longer than me – the President of Ignatius Press – Mark Brumley, entitled “How Not to Share Your Faith – The Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics.” You will find a way out of this trap in Mark’s book. Yours in Christ.

          • Mary

            Thank you! I will do just that! I do not see an insult in my post – my apologies if you found one.
            Blessings in Christ

          • Probably just my ego.

          • Brother Rolf

            Can you give one of these questions?

          • Not for Fr Fortea at the moment.

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        • Brother Rolf

          I’m sure God could add a Y chromosome..

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