Monks at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have drawn criticism after they burned books, together with from the Harry Potter collection, and different objects that their house owners stated 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 non secular work.
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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 bestsellers, saying they promote sorcery.
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Within the photographs, monks and altar boys might be seen watching the burning objects.
The muse stated the e book burning was supposed to alert parishioners to unhealthy influences that it says come from magic and the occult.
Many feedback underneath the Fb postings condemned the e book burning, recalling that additionally occurred in Nazi Germany earlier than the Second World Struggle. Some stated this taught hatred and requested if the subsequent in line for burning had been witches, as within the Center Ages.
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The occasion was criticized by the Rev. Wojciech Parafianowicz, spokesman for the diocese of Koszalin, the place the inspiration is predicated, who stated he “didn’t like this type of priestly exercise, which is improper.”
However, talking with the wpolityce.pl information portal, Parafianowicz argued that the occult and magic “have a foul affect on human life.”
A preferred commentator on faith, Pawel Guzynski, a Dominican Friar, stated on Fb the burning was “reasonably the autumn of smart religion than of unwise superstition.”
The church enjoys nice authority in predominantly Catholic Poland due to its historic and political backing. It has the help of the conservative authorities, lots of whose members are Catholic.