The Vatican attempted to put a brake on the growing popularity of Halloween yesterday, branding it anti-Christian and dangerous.
The condemnation follows criticism from Catholic bishops who this week urged parents not to let their children dress up as ghosts and goblins.
The Vatican sHalloween is largely a secular celebration which has its origins in an ancient festival marking the start of the ‘darker half of the year’.
But in an article entitled The Dangerous Messages of Halloween, the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano quoted liturgical expert Joan Maria Canals as saying: ‘Halloween has an undercurrent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christianpoke out on the eve of tonight’s ritual which falls before the significant Catholic holy day of All Saints.
[A]nother Catholic group, the influential Association of Pope John XXIII, joined the condemnation, calling it a ‘great Satanic ritual’.
It said: ‘We appeal to the whole Catholic community not to promote this recourse to the macabre and the horrific.
‘All parents and all those that hold the values of life dear should know that Halloween is an adoration of Satan, which is carried out underhand through parties and games for children and adults.’
But hanging out with priests who molest kids ? That’s just fine.