|1/18/2012 9:30:00 AM|
Exorcism 'helps us believe'
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Father Jose Antonio Fortea speaks during a workshop at Assumption Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
Catholic News ServiceIf everything you know about exorcism you learned by watching the movie, “The Exorcist,” Father Jose Antonio Fortea wants to rid those notions from your head.
To learn about exorcism, the Spanish priest said the best textbook is the Bible, especially the Gospels, because after all, Jesus was an exorcist.
He is an exorcist and author of several books. He is based in Rome studying for his doctorate in theology.
When his bishop first called on him to study exorcism in the late 1990s, the priest said he thought exorcism was a rare event that might occur once or twice in a century.
But when more and more people came to him for help, he realized demonic influences were much more active, especially in those who associated with witchcraft, magic, Santeria and some New Age practices.