Loading
Isolation from Church leads more to occult practice than Harry Potter, bishop says
By Marianne Medlin, Staff Writer
Isolation from Church leads more to occult practice than Harry Potter, bishop says

.- Americans around the country will be flocking to see the latest Harry Potter movie this weekend, and some Catholics maintain that the series exposes children to evil influences. But Bishop Thomas Paprocki said in a recent interview that the root cause of dabbling in the occult comes from being isolated from the faith.

Bishop Paprocki spoke with CNA on Nov. 16 after a recent exorcism training that was held in Baltimore, ahead of the annual U.S. bishops' fall assembly. The Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism took place Nov. 12-13.

According to the Springfield, Ill. bishop, who chairs the Bishop's Committee on Canonical Affairs, the program came about after an increasing number of inquiries from priests in the U.S. The conference was attended by more than 100 bishops and priests.

In the interview, Bishop Paprocki took time to address the idea that popular books and movies aimed at children and teens, such as the boy-wizard Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga on vampires, have encouraged interest in the occult.

“We have to be careful with those kinds of topics for young people,” he said.

He pointed out that the controversial series “could be simply works of fantasy.” At the same time, he cautioned, “we have to be careful though as children are very impressionable – do they start seeing truths in those stories and do they start believing in them?”

“I think a more general hazard in our culture is the fact that people are not attached to organized religion as much as they used to be,” he said. “In fact, the word religion comes from a Latin word which means to be bound together.”

Because “religion binds us together in faith and to Jesus Christ,” he said, “when people start moving away from organized religion and churches” they may start “dabbling in their own spirituality.”

“Part of that hazard then is dabbling in the occult and may fall into something truly diabolical such as Satanic rituals.”

Given “our increasingly secular and even atheistic culture,” Bishop Paprocki said that people being distant from organized religion may be the reason for an increase in the number of inquiries about exorcisms.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
24

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Gospel
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Homily
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/21/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: