The Vatican is warning parents not to let their kids dress up as ghosts and goblins this weekend for Halloween, calling it a pagan celebration of “terror, fear and death,” Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports in a dispatch from Rome…
The Vatican issued its warning through its official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, in an article headlined “Halloween’s Dangerous Messages.”
It quotes a liturgical expert, Joan Maria Canals as saying, “Halloween has an undercurrent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian.”
Parents should “be aware of this and try to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomeness and beauty rather than terror, fear and death,” says Father Canals, a member of a Spanish commission on church rites.
In many European countries, particularly those with large Catholic populations, the focus is on All Saints’ Day, on Nov. 1, when many families visit cemeteries to remember deceased loved ones.
Yup. Don’t dress up like an anti-Christian. Celebrate like a proper Catholic: