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Mario Wilson wrote:

Dear AskACatholic,

I have some questions that really bother me. I tried searching the Bible but I can't find any answers. I have doubts about asking a Priest in my country because I suppose they don't know the answers. Here are my questions:

  1. I read a story of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) who found a black demon hiding in one of the food supplies. He gave the demon a sign of cross, then, the demon became his loyal servant.
    • Can a demon repent?
    • Can God forgive a demon?

  2. Can a Catholic attend another church's worship services?

  3. Can a good person but not a Christian go to Heaven or will they just ended up in Limbo (Limbus)?

  4. At my Bible class I read that angels have children with humans.
    • Is it possible the angel-human children still exist now?
    • What do they look like?

  5. Where do the souls of those who died through exorcists go?
  6. Can a possessed person kill someone?

  7. Last, I'm 17 years old now. When I was a child I make a promise to became a priest but now, that I'm older, I feel really unworthy to became a priest because I can't stop watching porn and masturbating. I try to stop but I am always failing.
    • What should I do: become a priest or not?
      I am afraid when I become a priest I'll still keep that habit.

I would really like to thank you for answering these questions.

May God be with you.

Mario

  { Since I can't find Biblical answers and think my priest doesn't know, can you answer my questions? }

Eric:

Dear Mario,

You said:

  1. I read a story of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) who found a black demon hiding in one of the food supplies. He gave the demon a sign of cross, then, the demon became his loyal servant.
    • Can a demon repent?
    • Can God forgive a demon?

This is pure childish fantasy. Demons cannot repent, therefore God cannot forgive them.

You said:

  1. Can a Catholic attend another church's worship services?

For a good reason, after fulfilling their obligation in a Catholic church (if we're talking about Sunday or a holy day), yes, but they should not receive communion or participate in anything that would be contrary to the faith. It's best only to do this if you are firm in your faith and well-formed enough to distinguish truth from error. In essence, be careful.

You said:

  1. Can a good person but not a Christian go to Heaven or will they just ended up in Limbo (Limbus)?

The Second Vatican Council taught,

"Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do His Will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience—those too may achieve eternal salvation." (Lumen Gentium 16)

We can't assume they will be saved, but salvation is possible, albeit more difficult than if they were to hear and join the Catholic Church.

You said:

  1. At my Bible class I read that angels have children with humans.
    • Is it possible the angel-human children still exist now?
    • What do they look like?

Angels are pure spirit and cannot have relations with women. Under rare circumstances demons can manipulate human matter and possibly simulate relations but in this particular rather cryptic passage (Genesis 6), it is more likely that the Sons of God doesn't mean angels (as it sometimes does in the Old Testament) but means the sons of the righteous Seth. 6:1–4: A critical event in the Genesis narrative, where the righteous line of Seth (sons of God) intermarries with the godless line of Cain (daughters of men) and becomes corrupted (except for Noah in 6:8–9).

On top of the violence and moral decadence spreading over the earth, this is the final outrage that moves God to pour out his wrath in the waters of the flood. This interpretation appears in rabbinic tradition (Genesis Rabbah 26, 5–7; b. Sanhedrin 108a) and in the Church Fathers (St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on Genesis 22, 8; St. Augustine, City of God 15, 23; St. Ephraem, Commentary on Genesis 6, 3). Another interpretation, also represented in Jewish and Christian antiquity, holds that the sons of God are not men but rebel angels called the Watchers who took the form of men and had sexual relations with women (1 Enoch 6–7; Jubilees 5, 1; 7, 21; St. Justin Martyr, First Apology 5, 2; St. Clement of Alexandria Christ the Teacher 3, 2). See note on Jude 6 in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Book of Genesis: With Introduction, Commentary, and Notes.

You said:

  1. Where do the souls of those who died through exorcists go?

I am not sure what you mean. People, with rare exceptions, don't die when an exorcist performs an exorcism. If they do, they go to the same place they would go to if they had died under any other circumstance. The exorcism has no effect on the state of their souls, although the fact that they are cooperating in an exorcism might testify favorably for them during their particular judgment.

You said:

  1. Can a possessed person kill someone?

Yes.

You said:

  1. Last, I'm 17 years old now. When I was a child I make a promise to became a priest but now, that I'm older, I feel really unworthy to became a priest because I can't stop watching porn and masturbating. I try to stop but I am always failing.
    • What should I do: become a priest or not?
      I am afraid when I become a priest I'll still keep that habit.

Generally the rule of thumb is that you be free for six months from masturbation before entering a seminary. You're in a tough but not uncommon position with your habit. It can take many, many years to overcome a habit like this. Persevere. Be sure you avail yourself of the grace of the sacrament of Reconciliation; I know it's embarrassing to confess the same thing over and over, but it really will help over time. Do not allow yourself to be bored or idle. There is a service called Covenant Eyes that allows you to appoint an accountability partner for your web surfing. Their service intercepts your web surfing and your partner gets a report when you go where you shouldn't.

Your besetting sin doesn't mean you don't have a vocation but it means you have some work ahead of you before you can fulfill it. We'll pray for you.

You said:
I would really like to thank you for answering these questions.

May God be with you.

Mario Wilson

No problem.

Glad I could help,

Eric

Mario replied:

I just want to thank you for answering my questions.

All your answers really helped me a lot. I hope one day you'll still be able to answer my future questions.

May God bless you through Virgin Mary prayers.

Mario

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