For Peace and Freedom
July 23, 2007
Is Harry Potter really a good thing for your children to read?
At least one member of the Roman Catholic Church clergy has come forward to say Harry Potter could do damage to a child’s mind.
The Reverend Pedro Mendoza is the Director of Exorcists in the Archdiocese of Mexico City.
Peace and Freedom caught up with Father Mendoza after learning he had a strongly contrary view to the masses who turned out Friday night to buy the latest and apparently final Harry Potter book.
“I think a book like this does a lot of damage,” the priest told us. “At its core it is about sorcery. I am sure that is not the best use of a child’s mind.”
Father Mendoza made similar comments at the end of a five-day exorcism conference in Mexico City last week.
”If you put all these ideas in a child’s head, that he can become a wizard, the child believes that, and that is opening an avenue through which the devil can get in,” Mendoza said Friday – the eve of the release of the series’ final book.
He said that Harry Potter ”doesn’t interest us,” but ”unfortunately, it does a lot of damage.”
”When family ties began weakening, the priest said, often the mass media starts to proliferate ”new ideas” and ”abusing sensationalism.
”Without strong, faith-bound families, which he said allow individuals to see God’s work in everyday life, people lose touch with God and seek ‘magical solutions’ to modern problems.”
“There are many demonic influences, curses and forms of witchcraft,” he said. ”And it’s in that field that the devil is able to work.”
“We should not accept sorcery or wizardry as a good thing when there is so much good in the world to embrace.”
Another priest with parallel views is Father John Corapi who says, “It is just not wise to place yourself or your children in the near occasion of evil.”