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Does Evil Really Exist?

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

Father Fortea, does evil really exist?

evilYes, 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 illness, murder, abortion, torture, hate, poverty, and war, are not true, objective evils? Even those who are the most enthusiastic defenders of the subjectivity of good and evil find their position uncertain when confronted by such a monstrous evil as the Holocaust. When we see the film clips of the Nazi concentration camps, we can understand that evil exists apart from all cultural values and conditioning, apart from our own opinion of it. We can see that the reasons why someone might commit these crimes do not matter, nor does it matter what percentage of the population supports such actions. Certain actions are always objectively evil, regardless of our opinion about them.

 

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.

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Photography for this post which asks the question “Does Evil Really Exist?”: View of the Stara Gradiska concentration camp that was formerly an Austro-Hungarian fortress, 1942, United States Holocaust Museum, PD-US This file is in the public domain, because the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website says it is public domain, courtesy of Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije; 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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  • Curtis Bryant Loftis

    People seem to forget, or perhaps they didn’t know that Satan was a top rated angel who was thrown out of Heaven and sent down here. Evil is everywhere, especially in our churches.

    • TonreyUnited

      especially??? I invite you to Sacred Heart, Bowie, Maryland, Curtis…. The Spirit is alive and well here…

  • patricia

    Yes Evil is everywhere but so is God. My spiritual director reminds me the devil can only get so far as temptation but if we open the door or external not us opens the door the devil can cause a lot of problems physical mental and spiritual. I am aware of the instruments and tools in which has helped me personally in warding off evil praying unceasingly, sacraments, sacramental, a good confessor and spiritual director helps with discernment. In this I can now say that the devil is everywhere tempting us but so is God inspiring us closer to him his sanctifying grace and his love and mercy his direction and the power of the Holy Spirit. gazing upon the crucifix in which I have on every wall of my home including the bathroom, which may seem strange but so much peace. Evil could be all around me the storm so great but if we remain as dependent children in the arms of God and cling to him in times when evil is all around where there is evil grace is even more. we live in a world that the devil thinks he has control but it is God who is in control. We can not ignore or deny the evil that arises but rather pray for more grace God’s sanctifying Grace to come to every soul living in the world. We have the tools to fight off evil within ourselves we just need to put on the armor of Christ. and at the same time cling to our commander in chief God in the spiritual warfare the battle of all souls. God wins in the end for his Glory is our salvation and sanctification.

  • Oh, yes, evil exists; it is alive kicking and very active. Our own fallen nature is prone to evil due to the Original Sin in all of us. Though removed after Baptism, our hearts are prone more to evil than good. There is an apt name for this condition. And here, the most malevolent Evil, Satan and his army of devils, find fertile ground to torment us. But we have the ways and means of assistance in fighting Him and our own selves. By clinging to Mother Church, the Sacraments and the overabundant Grace of God, we are assured of continuous help in our daily spiritual warfare.

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