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Roman Catholic opposition to the Harry Potter books

by Diane Vera

Copyright © 2006 by Diane Vera. All rights reserved.

For decades, Protestant fundamentalists have sought to shield their children from all sorts of pop cultural phenomena that most people would consider innocent, such as the Harry Potter books.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy, though culturally conservative too, has tended not to be as extreme as many Protestant fundamentalists in its critique of pop culture. However, in recent years, some very prominent Roman Catholics have jumped on the anti-Harry Potter bandwagon, alleging that the Harry Potter books lead kids to Satanism.

Here are reports of some statements by Father Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of Rome:

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has also warned against the Harry Potter books - albeit only informally, not in an official statement. See:

The Harry Potter scare is tied to a fear not just of Satanism, but also - and perhaps even more so - a fear of occultism, Paganism, and the New Age movement. See the following pages:

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