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Posted by abeodbart November 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

“Father Gabriele Amorth, who for years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist and claims to have cleansed hundreds of people of evil spirits, said yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.

Reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books is no less dangerous, said the 86-year-old priest, who is the honorary president for life of the International Association of Exorcists, which he founded in 1990, and whose favourite film is the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

The Harry Potter books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, “seem innocuous” but in fact encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry, Father Amorth said.

“Practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he told a film festival in Umbria this week, where he was invited to introduce The Rite, a film about exorcism starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest.

“In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses,” said the priest, who in 1986 was appointed the chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome.

“Satan is always hidden and what he most wants is for us not to believe in his existence. He studies every one of us and our tendencies towards good and evil, and then he offers temptations.” Science was incapable of explaining evil, said Father Amorth, who has written two books on his experiences as an exorcist. “It’s not worth a jot.”

Read more at The Telegraph (Thanks Annette)

November 30, 2011 at 8:50 am
Danielle says:

Harry Potter is unrealistic, that’s why so many people like it, not because they worship the devil or whatever this mans saying, he needs to lighten up. If Harry Potter is evil, does that make Twilight evil too, that has Vampires in it does it not?

November 30, 2011 at 8:58 am
Caroline says:

Pot, kettle, black?

November 30, 2011 at 9:00 am
Caroline says:

By his reasoning he is assuming the position of pot, kettle, black?

November 30, 2011 at 9:04 am
Charlotte says:

Well that explains a lot. I’ve done yoga for 15 years and was wondering why I am evil. Who knew? Got a book coming out soon on the “evil and satanic” yoga which addresses this point. The bit I don’t understand in all these arguments is how you can accidentally convert yourself to a religion. If you’re worried about Hinduism coming in through the back door, don’t leave the door open!

November 30, 2011 at 9:11 am
Adam says:

What absolute nonsense…

November 30, 2011 at 9:13 am
Adam says:

What absolute nonsense. People should be ashamed at still believing in monsters and 2000 year old gods in this day and age. Stop brainwashing our children with rubbish and let them see the world for what it really is…

November 30, 2011 at 9:25 am
d4m4s74 says:

This makes me feel like doing Joga. On a stack of Harry Potter books

November 30, 2011 at 9:30 am
Sarith says:

“all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”

Yeah! Reincarnation is totally stupid! … unless it’s in a fairy land in the clouds. That’s totally plausible.

November 30, 2011 at 9:39 am
Gerard says:

Has anybody ever told him that becoming a priest, performing exorcism and religion (Eastern or not) in general is a waste of time and effort. No God, no rapture, no rebirth, no Heaven, no Hell. Just enjoy life. All a God would really want is for somebody to live a righteous and kind life, not to have the gullible do what they’re told is right because they think there’s a Heaven.

November 30, 2011 at 9:41 am
Terry says:

‘The Harry Potter books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, “seem innocuous” but in fact encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry, Father Amorth said’

The same could be said of the bible.

November 30, 2011 at 9:47 am
Peter says:

The Harry Potter books do not encourage children to believe in black magic. They encouraged a generation of kids to read, knowing the difference between the real world and a fictional one. J.K Rowling herself has said she doesn’t actually believe in magic.

As a Christian, I do believe in the God/devil scenario and I can tell you that what the devil wants most is NOT for us to believe he doesn’t exist. This man is ridiculous.

November 30, 2011 at 9:52 am
Sian upton says:

This is ridiculous! Yet another shining example of the ignorance of faith. Most people who practise yoga do so for the physical benefit and the relaxation, not to worship a faith. As for Harry potter, I’m fairly certain J K Rowling didn’t write them with the intent to make children believe in “black magic”. They’re just stories for goodness sake. It’s laughable though that Harry potter and yoga are deemed evil but going to war and killing thousands of people in the name of your god is perfectly acceptible…

November 30, 2011 at 10:43 am
Lovelyn says:

I knew it was Satanic when I went to that hot yoga class and nearly threw up. I swore that yoga teacher had horns.

November 30, 2011 at 11:05 am
Julien says:

People like that are just plain dangerous and need locking up, quickly, before he ends up killing someone during one of his ‘exorcisms’, if he hasn’t already.

November 30, 2011 at 11:31 am
Peter Ward says:

Yup, you keep saying this stuff. Great press for the church. Saves us atheists the trouble.

November 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Simon Beard says:

You know, I always suspected yoga was hiding something…

November 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Neil says:

Hmmm, methinks he needs to look a little more closely at the catholic church before looking for the devil in exercise and children’s books. I don’t remember either of those systematically abusing, or allowing the abuse, of hundreds of children of many years. Just another religious nutter lashing out at anything that doesn’t fit with his world view.

November 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Thomas Search says:

What a load of twoddle. The cathlics always want us to beleive that unless we are worshipping a so called “God” twenty four seven, we are always sinning. To be honest if you look at life in a simple manner, god snd the devil are one in the same entity. After all god is in all things living, yet the devil resides in all out temptations and in evil people. How is thos possible unless god and lucifer are infact the same person. Ending my speech with the conclussion that religion is a load of bull.

November 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Tom Evans says:

The Catholic/Christian church used to be OK with the concept of reincarnation until the FIrst Council of Nicea in AD325. Maybe they thought it would be a bad idea as people wouldn’t be as controllable.

Note, with very little training, it’s possible to see past and future lives in peoples’ auras – I’d love to teach Father Garbriele how to do it.

November 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm
roz says:

the catholic church is evyl. and exorcism??? just another way fer em to rake in the dough–no other xtian denomination i am aware of practices it. sheesh.

i actually heard a story about someone who came to a yoga teacher with the concern that she would like to practice yoga, but she couldnt because it wasnt “christ-centered”. nevermind that it predates christ, genius. :/

November 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Gareth says:

“yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.

Poor deluded fools! It’s obviously far better to believe in a woman who got impregnated by an invisible being that created the universe and gave birth to a guy who performed all sorts of magic tricks, only for the invisible being to force the guy to be nailed to a couple of bits of 2-by-4 to absolve mankind of all its sins, in particular, the sin of being conned into eating some fruit from a tree that the invisible being told them not to, by a talking snake, some 27 (or 42, cos they’re not entirely sure) generations earlier.

You have to feel slightly sorry for people like this Father Amorth guy.

November 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm
Jessika says:

Millions of kids read Harry Potter, and not one of them worships Satan, or believes Hogwarts, dragons, and unicorns are real because of it…

Old men watch The Exorcist, however, and apparently get the idea that Satan is real, and they can become God’s superheros by performing exorcisms because of it…

Inference: Children are smarter than Catholic priests

December 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

Harry potter is clearly fantasy. His magic wand is clearly metaphor for what most teenage boys spend a good deal of their time doing that old wife’s tales sugest causes Hogwarts.

December 1, 2011 at 6:38 am
wayne says:

I read somewhere that Christianity did believe in a reincarnation and then changed its mind for what ever reason. Much like the early development of Christianity was according to political reasoning rather than spiritual gains.

Having said that what is heaven and hell? Are they not at least a reinvention of the person (or soul) according to previous actions, much like the Hindu belief?

Christianity is in big trouble and it seems historically they have reinvented themselves to suit the mood; however the mood now does not suit Christianity.

Father Gabriele Amorth seems to be a victim of toxic delirium brought on by way too much cheap communion wine and rancid stale water, sorry holy water!

December 1, 2011 at 6:40 am
wayne says:

And if god made people then surely he gave them the imagination to think up these wonderful gifts i.e. Harry Potter and Yoda – who’s wisdom is eternal.

December 1, 2011 at 6:43 am
wayne says:

Boom, boom!

December 1, 2011 at 6:56 am
Dirty Kuffar says:

I practise yoga and martial arts and I’ve always found them very health giving.
On the subject of quacks – here is something on Burzynski you may be interested in ;

December 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Daniel says:

These religious types are crazy barstewards :)

December 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm
Pandora Louise says:

Isn’t this the same guy from Anthony Head’s True Horror documentary? Gets around, doesn’t he? He was just as ridiculous then.

My mother is a religious nutter who preaches to anyone who will listen and even she wouldn’t condemn Harry Potter or yoga. This is the same woman who when I was about 10, grounded me for two weeks because I took the Lord’s name in vain, saying ‘oh my God’ – I find it unnerving that some people are even worse..

December 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Liam says:

Let’s see what is evil. Ask the chief exorcist how many of his colleagues he has exorcised ? What’s more evil? There need for child abuse and paedophillia in the Vatican city? Also their corrupt nature of covering up for each other. Or a harmless, well thought of story line that Is more popular than the catholic religion! As for yoga they could try it one day it might actually loosen the stubborn old fools up 😉 peace;-)

December 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Soi! says:


I grew up in a family like this. I wasn’t even allowed to play with Pokemon toys when I was little, along with nearly everything else. “Satans Tools”. Even Harry Potter, books that are filled to the brim with Aesops, just “Tools to draw people away from God.”

I’ll say straight up, It’s Paranoid, Crazy, Illogical, and not one bit Rational.

I’d feel bad for them, but they’re content with the craziness. As long it gives them the comfort of Heaven(Or in my families case, “living forever on paradise earth”), they don’t care how crazy it is.

Eventually, this reasoning’s gonna go away. But for now, we’ve still got to deal with it.

December 5, 2011 at 2:18 am
Adam Duffield says:

It does not encourage people to believe in magic; its a work of fiction to lose yourself in a world we no dosnt exist (yes even as children)
Its the same as saying Lord of the Rings encourages us to believe in Hobbits

December 5, 2011 at 7:33 am
David says:

its a shame such ignorant people are in such influential roles, there is ”magic” in all fairy tales so does that mean they are all evil then? why does he just say harry potter? the things people say out of jealousy. i guess in the end its just actual fact a priest in the US has just come forward to say that hell is an invention of the church to control people. so true

December 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Daniel says:

This makes me furious. This is what I hate about the world.

December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm
alan says:

Science was incapable of explaining evil.
As are humans. For you’ll get as many definitions as there are people attempting explanations. Just as you’ll get discrepancies if you draw a line, and assign one end to absolute evil and the other to consummate good. Then ask individuals to mark where various acts should appear.

January 31, 2012 at 1:17 am
victoria says:

If I keep an open mind and based on lmy own life experience I would suggest that there are many things in this world I do not understand nor would I want to including disembodied spirits. To me Harry Potter is an allegorical story of human existence on this planet written in a fantastical way for children. As for Yoga it like many things can be used for any purpose dependent upon the intent if its source teaching. There is good and evil in all religions as there is both aspects in all people. I believe that by putting the focus on the positive and the true Satan and his agents are simply negated.


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