WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Priests in a Catholic parish in northern Poland have drawn criticism after burning books, including from the "Harry Potter" series and other things that their owners said were vicious.
Pictures from the burning in Gdansk's church assembly on Sunday were posted on Facebook by the Catholic foundation SMS z Nieba (SMS from Heaven), which uses unconventional means to carry out his religious work.
In the pictures, the flames use an African wood mask, a small Buddhist figure, figures of elephants and books on personality and magic, as well as those of JK Rowling. They were all introduced by parishioners, who were urged by the priests to clear their homes of objects that had evil forces. The Catholic Church is influential in Poland and protests against "Harry Potter" books, which are international bestsellers, and say they promote witchcraft.
In the pictures, priests and altar girls can be seen on the burning objects.
The foundation said that the book burned was intended to warn parishioners of bad influences that it is from magic and occult.
Many comments during Facebook posts condemned the book fiercely and reminded it also happened in Nazi Germany before World War II. Some said this taught hatred and asked if the next in the queue was witches, as in the Middle Ages.
The event was criticized by Rev. Wojciech Parafianowicz, spokesman for the Koszalin diocese, where the foundation is based, who said he did not like this kind of priest activity, which is wrong.
But in the speech of the news portal wpolityce.pl, Parafianowicz argued that the occult and magic "have a bad influence on human life." [1
The Church has great authority in predominantly Catholic Poland because of its historical and political support. It has the support of the Conservative government, many of whose members are Catholic.