Friday, June 03, 2005

Church Attacks Pope


Charlotte Church, that is. (I just couldn't pass this up!)

The Welsh soprano reportedly has an issue Pope Benedict's take on the Harry Potter series. Church, a self-proclaimed good Catholic girl, said she doesn't like the new pope. She's quoted in The Sun:
"He even wants to ban Harry Potter. He says it’s because it’s full of witchcraft and other bad stuff.”
Church reportedly read and loved all six books. And, Pope John Paul II praised J.K. Rowling's work. But, The Sun says Pope Benedict takes a different stand:
Benedict has insisted boy wizard Harry is a sinister influence. He proclaimed: “This is a subtle seduction, which has deeply unnoticed and direct effects in undermining the soul of Christianity before it can really grow properly.”
Of course, the Pope is certainly entitled to his opinion. (Is a papal book review infallible?) And, an aspiring young singer (who, by coincidence I'm sure, happens to have a new album coming out this month) is certainly entitled to get all of the press she can.

What ever happened to Sinead O'Connor?

4 Comments:

At 12:02 PM, June 03, 2005, Blogger Talmida said...

Um..I think she got some renegade bishop to ordain her a priest! LOL


But back to Harry. Do you suppose Ben has read the books? It sure doesn't sound like it.

 
At 6:55 PM, June 03, 2005, Blogger CafeCath said...

My guess is he's read something written by someone in the Vatican who read a lot of reviews of Harry Potter. Doubtful these treasures have been on the papal beside table. And, you never know!

Thanks for the update on Sinead. ;-)

 
At 7:14 PM, June 03, 2005, Blogger An80sNut said...

I'm actually shocked that Pope John Paul II didn't have a problem with the book series. I hear most religions also have trouble with David Copperfield because no one can perform miracles unless they are a saint.

 
At 9:53 AM, June 05, 2005, Blogger CafeCath said...

Interesting point. Makes me think about what other books might be shunned by popes and other church leaders... I love to read banned books!

 

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