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Thursday, March 16, 2006

News Flash: Harry Potter in League with Lucifer

Nice news if you can get it new. However, this little gem has been floating around for some time. Catholic News reports it as of 4 January 2002, sourcing it from LifeSite dated 2 January 2002. however, of note is the reported downplaying of the warnings in the North American Media (The New York Times coverage by Melinda Henneberger which was carried in Canada's National Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and on Yahoo Daily News) left out all the bad stuff below. Quite a reliable source, then The Sun. Only the SMH's use of it is FOUR YEARS OUT OF DATE. What's the news here? The fact that the Sun is also just as out of date as the SMH? Or that the SMH is as out of touch as the Sun? (By the way, a five year archival search of the Sun's UK database yielded zero results).

Perhaps the Sun referred to is the SMH's stablemate, the Sun-Herald? It's identified as "The online edition of Sydney's Sunday newspaper with magazine sections on entertainment, health, lifestyle, plus the weekends news and sports." Are we quoting ourselves now, as authoritive sources? What happened to journalistic integrity?

Vatican exorcist warns of Harry Potter
By Jano Gibson
March 3, 2006 - 5:15PM

The Vatican's chief exorcist has warned that reading Harry Potter could lead young people towards Satanism.

JK Rowling's blockbuster fiction series about a young magician has been deemed dangerous by Father Gabriele Amorth, The Sun reported.

"By reading Harry Potter a young child will be drawn into magic and from there it is a simple step to Satanism and the Devil," he was quoted as saying.

"You start with Harry Potter, who comes across as a likeable wizard, but you end up with the Devil.

"There is no doubt that the signature of the Prince of Darkness is clearly within these books."
In 2003 Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) reportedly wrote two letters to a critic of the Harry Potter series.

"It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly," he wrote.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here's a link to an article in the Catholic News from 2002