An Interview with Jesse Romero
It is hard to miss the buzz in Catholic quarters surrounding well-known evangelist Jesse Romero’s new book, The Devil in the City of Angels: My Encounters with the Diabolical. What caught my attention in Romero’s story was how he first encountered demonic spirits: not in his work as a Catholic evangelist but earlier, in his career as a Los Angeles deputy sheriff. He witnessed supernatural manifestations that police academies never dream of addressing with their cadets; but these encounters helped propel him deeper into his Catholic faith.
As Jesse’s faith matured and he began sharing the gospel, his path crossed a number of others — baptized Christians — whose involvement in the occult opened them to demonic oppression and possession. Romero accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding spiritual warfare, and he was gracious enough to answer a few questions for CE’s readers.
Shane Kapler: With Scripture and the Catechism being so clear on Christians not having anything to do with seances, astrology, psychics, etc., why do you think so many Christians still dabble in the occult? And as a follow-up, what are the occult practices in which they most frequently engage?
Jesse Romero: Baptized Christians are hungering for the mystical and other worldly, we were hard wired that way. Many people are simply ‘curious’, just like Eve, that’s what got her in trouble, wanting to discover the unknown and the forbidden. ….