Vatican condemns Halloween

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:

7 thoughts on “Vatican condemns Halloween

  1. gordeecampbell says:

    Hmmm. Lets get this straight. A guy with holding a pike pole, wearing a jewel encrusted fishhead hat, ornate robes and surrounded by pedophiles dressed in red robes a lot of the time; now says that his subjects shouldn’t dress up in weird costumes on one day of the year?

    Let it run before the wind Horatio, the French are sailing away.

  2. Cinaedh says:

    Here I thought “terror, fear and death” were the very foundations of all the Christian religions.

    As a very young child, perhaps I wasn’t paying sufficient attention to my brainwashing in Sunday School…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.