by Sue Brinkman
Rome’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, has reignited the
debate over whether Christians can practice yoga by declaring that
both yoga and Harry Potter are tools of the devil.
The NY Daily News is reporting that Father Amorth made the comments
at a film festival in the Italian city of Umbria this week where he
was invited to introduce the new movie, The Rite.
“Practicing yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading
Harry Potter,” Father Amorth said.
He went on to say that those seemingly “innocuous” Potter books
convince kids to believe in black magic.
“In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under
the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses.”
As for yoga, it leads to Hinduism and “all eastern religions are
based on a false belief in reincarnation,” the 86-year-old priest
“Satan is always hidden and what he most wants is for us not to
believe in his existence,” he said. “He studies every one of us and
our tendencies towards good and evil, and then he offers