‘Harry Potter’ books burned at Catholic parish in Poland

Monks at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have drawn criticism after they burned books, together with from the “Harry Potter” collection, and different gadgets that their house owners mentioned had evil forces.

Pictures from the burning at Gdansk’s Mom of Church parish on Sunday had been posted on Fb by Catholic basis SMS z Nieba (SMS from Heaven,) which makes use of unconventional means to hold out its spiritual work.

Within the footage, flames are consuming an African wood masks, a small Buddhist determine, collectible figurines of elephants and books on persona and magic, in addition to these by J.Ok. Rowling. They had been all introduced in by parishioners, who had been inspired by the monks to clear their properties of objects that had evil forces. Influential in Poland, the Catholic Church objects to “Harry Potter” books, that are worldwide best-sellers, saying they promote sorcery.

Within the pictures, monks and altar boys will be seen watching the burning objects.

The muse mentioned the e book burning was supposed to alert parishioners to unhealthy influences that it says come from magic and the occult.

Many feedback below the Fb postings condemned the e book burning, recalling that additionally occurred in Nazi Germany earlier than World Battle II. Some mentioned this taught hatred and requested if the following in line for burning had been witches, like within the Center Ages.

The occasion was criticized by the Rev. Wojciech Parafianowicz, spokesman for the diocese of Koszalin, the place the muse relies, who mentioned he “didn’t like this type of priestly exercise, which is incorrect.”

However, talking with the wpolityce.pl information portal, Parafianowicz argued that the occult and magic “have a nasty affect on human life.”

A preferred commentator on faith, Pawel Guzynski, a Dominican Friar, mentioned on Fb the burning was “slightly the autumn of clever religion than of unwise superstition.”

The church enjoys nice authority in predominantly Catholic Poland due to its historic and political backing. It has the assist of the conservative authorities a lot of whose members are Catholic.