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Leviathan – Why the Various Heads?

October 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

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, is head of the Church. Similarly, throughout history, there are persons who are the visible and manifest heads of the iniquity and power of Satan, infamous figures such as Antiochus Epiphanes, Nero, Diocletian, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot. Though the Church has only one head at any given time, Leviathan (i.e., evil) can have various “heads” simultaneously. While the Church forms a mystical body (the mystical body of Christ), evil does not. Good is order and unity; evil is disorder and dispersion.



Editor’s Note:  To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.

Art: The Revelation of St John: The Sea Monster and the Beast with the Lamb's Horn, Albrecht Durer, 1497-98, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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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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