Yoga, and Harry Potter, among Vatican exorcist’s greatest dislikes

The Vatican’s chief exorcist this week “surprised” onlookers — according to media reports — by citing yoga and Harry Potter as two of his greatest dislikes.

“Yoga is the Devil’s work,” said Father Gabriel Amorth, according to Britain’s Daily Mail. “You thing you are doing it for stretching your mind and body but it leads to Hinduism. All these oriental religions are based on the false belief of reincarnation.”

As if that isn’t bad enough, here’s his take on Harry Potter:

‘People think it is an innocuous book for children but it’s about magic and that leads to evil. In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil.

‘Satan is always hidden and the thing he desires more than anything is for people to believe he does not exist. He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us.

‘My advice to young people would be to watch out for nightclubs because the path is always the same: alcohol, sex, drugs and Satanic sects.’

Amorth has carried out about 70,000 exorcisms. That’s a lot of spinning heads and projectile vomit. And given he’s complained about yoga and Harry Potter in the past, I’m not sure why this set of comments supposedly surprised anyone.

It proves it isn’t just American Christians who have issues with yoga.

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2 thoughts on “Yoga, and Harry Potter, among Vatican exorcist’s greatest dislikes”

  1. Didn’t know the Vatican had a ‘Chief Exorcist’ !! as for his views of yoga well guess he should start reading up a bit. Yoga has got nothing to do with Hinduism. Guess there are some demons in his mind which he needs to start exorcising first 🙂

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