Catholic priests’ book burning was ‘psychological child abuse’

Catholic priests’ book burning was ‘psychological child abuse’ April 2, 2019

A clutch of Catholic priests in northern Poland set off a firestorm on social media by posting photos of a book burning ritual in which ‘sacrilegious’ publications and other items were torched at the end of March.

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Among the 899 (and counting) comments posted on the Facebook page of the SMS from Heaven Foundation – that sends out short biblical text messages to the faithful – was one from Victoria Sparks who wrote:

How ignorant! Heinrich Heine: ‘Where books are burned, in the end, people will also be burned.’ I do feel so sorry for the children who are exposed to this incredible ignorance and wickedness and stupidity! That is psychological child abuse.

The Heine quote, according to the BBC, is seen as prophetic, because the Nazis made a great show of burning so-called “decadent” books in the 1930s. They included works by Jewish writers – and soon the Nazis did burn Jewish victims of their racist ideology.

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Among the books consigned to the flames were copies of J K Rowlings’ Harry Potter.

The Facebook post justifies the bonfire with Bible quotes condemning magic. The foundation said:

We obey the Word.

A passage from Acts, quoted in the group’s post, says:

Many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Another passage, from Deuteronomy, says:

Burn the images of their gods. Don’t desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God.

J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books are reckoned to be the most popular fiction works in publishing history – more than 500 million copies have been sold worldwide.

The popularity of Harry Potter is a constant source of disquiet to many deranged Christians who have the notion that the books open the way to witchcraft.

The SMS from Heaven Foundation is based in Koszalin, just west of Gdansk.

Another commenter who blasted the priests on Facebook said:

I have not met anyone yet who would rape, murder and steal in the name of Harry Potter. In the name of the Bible, yes. Bad news, gentlemen!

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  • Raging Bee

    We obey the Word.

    The words we like. Not the words we don’t like. Even when they’re from the same book.

  • barriejohn

    As the unnamed commenter intimates, were they also burning copies of the Bible? That might have done some good.

    This is a retrograde step even for the Catholic Church:

  • Broga

    The sight of these smirking, smug, Christian bigots, determined to stifle free thought, free speech and free writing, should be pinned up in every school and library. They have no space in the mind for the imagination, for speculation and for the kind of intellectual excitement that comes from a new discovery, a new idea, so often found in books.

    For them there is no room for fun, for pushing the boundaries of the mind, but only for the suffocating dullness that they impose by their insistence that nothing is to be permitted that they have not agreed. The irony, and it is tragic, is that it is the priesthood who so readily sexually abuse the children they insist they must instruct.

    Heinrich Heine: ‘Where books are burned, in the end, people will also be burned.’ I would like to add to the Heine quote Socrates’ comment, in Plato’s Apology, that the unexamined life is not worth living. We could debate that, I suppose, but what was to be examined were the major philosophic and ethical issues. The very matters that these priests find so dangerous to their beliefs.

    There is also the Buddhist advice, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” That is don’t accept what any authority tells you. Listen, think and make up your own mind.

    I wonder if we will have any comments from The Pope?

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    Appalling, the burning of books is not just the destruction of paper and card it destroys thoughts and ideasEven if this act is just symbolic they are saying it is ok to destroy what you disagree with, if you don’t agree with some idea discuss it talk about it research. what do they do they destroy it because ideas that disagree with their version of an ancient book frighten them because they don’t want people to have ideas, to be able to think for yourself as these wazacks crapping their holy knickers.If children can read and follow a plot especially a long one one that needs some time to read and follow then you can think and read other books and follow other lines of reasoning and thought that may lead to shedding the church and its gastly superstitions.

  • Elizabeth A. Root

    Ever since I finished Harry Potter, I’ve been flying around on a broomstick and fixing food by waving a wand at it (this works best in a restaurant)

    Of course, now I’m having problems with ghosts and dementors, and I still waiting for a house elf to take over cleaning.

    You have to take the bitter with the better.

  • barriejohn

    I know Christians who object to Harry Potter and Hallowe’en celebrations. They used to wag their fingers at their children and solemnly warn them that “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (I Sam.15:23). The children are adults now, but not undamaged, IMO. They’d have been better off reading stories like Harry Potter.

  • Jim Jones

    The Potter series is vastly more coherent with very few contradictions. It is also very moral.

    It was written by a single mother on welfare in Scotland.

    The bible is neither of these.

    It was written by god’s followers who followed his dictation.

    Makes you think?

  • Jim Jones

    Appalling, the burning of books is not just the destruction of paper and card it destroys thoughts and ideas.

    To quote J K Rowling: “I’ve still got your money boys. Want to borrow my lighter?”

  • Jim Jones

    > “We obey the Word.”

    Which we make up as we go.

  • barriejohn

    I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the original Biblical writers, like Ezekiel and “John”, were under the influence of “substances”. I don’t know about Rowling, but she may have betrayed her liking for a “wee dram”:

    I assume the Peppermint Toads and Jelly Slugs were just the product of her fertile imagination!

  • Matt G

    This isn’t an unruly mob with torches and pitchforks, this is Catholic Church! How dignified!

  • Brian Curtis

    “Sorry for acting like Nazis, we should’ve just stayed with the pedophilia.”

  • Jim Jones

    No, she nursed a coffee for a long time. (She wrote in a cafe).

  • Polytropos

    Of course, books like the Harry Potter series really are a threat to the Church. Introduce kids to these fictional stories about witches, demons, magic etc. and the kids will often come to realize the Bible is equally fictional.

  • barriejohn

    I know, but maybe she had a tot in a little hip flask!