Gabriele Amorth is a Crazy Person
Gabriele Amorth (I refuse to refer to priests as "father"), the former chief exorcist for the Vatican, said recently and hilariously that yoga was "satanic" and that reading Harry Potter led children to believe in "black magic and wizardy."Please, if you need your irony meter melted, read this and then come on back.
...Back? Ok, great, let's dig in, shall we? Amorth says:
In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and cursesNothing at all like priests, who act in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic incantations, and feigned cannibalism. Nothing like that at all. Oh, and the rape. Let's not forget the child rape.
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 temptationsRiiiiight. Here's a red flag for everyone: if the person you're talking to claims to know exactly what a fictional, magical, fallen-angel "most wants", you're talking to a crazy person. Gabriele Amorth is a damn crazy person.
It's (science is) not worth a jot...The scientist simply explores what God has already createdSpoken like a man who thinks he's seen "possessed" people vomit shards of glass. You know, if you're the head exorcist for the goddamn Vatican, you'd think you might, I don't know, set up a video camera when you do your insane glass-vomitting biznazz. Just a thought.
I'll close with this:
He (Amorth) has also claimed that the sex abuse scandals which have engulfed the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Germany and other countries was (sic) proof that the Anti-Christ is waging a war against the Holy See.I'm going to go ahead and call bullshit on that. The "sex abuse" (read: child rape) scandals that have covered the Catholic church like tar and feathers is proof that that institution is peppered with pedophiles who use their position of authority over vulnerable children to rape them and destroy their lives. If there was any true justice in the world, the Catholic church would be abandoned by all and left to a quick, empty death, relegated to the history books as an unfortunate philosophical cul-de-sac best forgotten.
(Tip of the Satanic LuLuLemon yoga tights to PZ)