US Catholic school bans Harry Potter books after consulting exorcists

A Catholic School in Nashville has banned Harry Potter books from its library, as a result of a pastor determined that “the curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells.”

Well, cover your cynicism, as a result of stories recommend that Reverend Dan Reehil from St. Edward Catholic School didn’t make this extremely controversial choice flippantly. Before sending JK Rowling’s books into purgatory, he “consulted a number of exorcists within the US and Rome” who determined that the boy wizard needed to go. Has an exorcist ever mentioned ‘Actually, don’t fear about it’ to any query ever?  

In an e mail, Reehil claims: “These books current magic as each good and evil, which isn’t true, however in reality a intelligent deception… The curses and spells used within the books are precise curses and spells; which when learn by a human being danger conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the particular person studying the textual content.” That might be information to the British creator who famously got here up together with her Potterian gobbledegook whereas sat in an Edinburgh cafe.

Well, even the superintendent of colleges for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Rebecca Hammel, appeared eager to again away from this one. She’s quoted by CBS as saying that, whereas the Catholic Church doesn’t have an official place on the magical e-book and film sequence, “every pastor has canonical authority to make such choices for his parish school… He’s [Reehil] nicely inside his authority to behave in that method.”

The final e-book within the sequence was revealed 12 years in the past, so already a number of generations of St. Edward’s pupils have risked being cursed whereas Reehil was consulting his exorcists. Can the kids nonetheless get the books on their iPhones? 

Well, the book-banning pastor is probably not completed simply but, warning that some other supplies “which current a doable risk to our religion is not going to be promoted by our church or school.”

I marvel what’s subsequent on his checklist. Disney movies, with their other-worldly speaking animals?  The bizarre incantations of Dr Seuss’ books? What about the demonic-looking Gruffalo?  

The actual query is whether or not youngsters’s training needs to be entrusted to a completely grown man who believes that magic, miracles and males who can fly within the sky are actual, simply because it’s written in a e-book? Oh, wait a minute … 

But y’know, regardless of all the things I’ve mentioned, I do consider that this transfer is in one of the best pursuits of all the kids finding out at St Edward’s, as a result of dad and mom now know that the school poses a far larger danger to their youngsters’ future than Voldemort ever might, and they should get them out of there as quick as doable.