“Practicing yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he explained at a film festival in Umbria, Italy this week. He was there introducing the new film The Rite, about unicorns and fairies. Just kidding, it’s about exorcism! And it’s starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest.
The 86-year-old priest and honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists (yes it exists – mainly because he founded it) admits that his favorite movie is The Exorcist in which a young girl is possessed by a mysterious entity which causes the girl to rotate her head 360 degrees, and to projectile vomit with a high degree of accuracy all over her family members and “friends.”
But he’s concerned about Harry Potter books and movies which he says “seem innocuous” but actually encourage kids to believe in magic and wizardry.
“In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses,” said Amorth. “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.”
If you think this is anything new from The Church, you’d be mistaken. The Vatican has on numerous occasions issued warnings about the dangers of eastern meditation claiming that it could “degenerate into a cult of the body” and that it “could also lead to psychic disturbance and, at times, to moral deviations.”
Unlike that priestly celibacy thing.