Thanks to reader Milorad for alerting me to this story.
Apparently, the Vatican (in their spare time, of course, when they're not calling for a One World Global Authority and Economy) likes to watch movies -- movies with a strong occult and satanic theme.
The Vatican lauded the latest Harry Potter film on Monday, saying "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" made the age-old debate over good vs. evil crystal clear.
Nice. Thanks for that. It's tough for us common folk to pick up on such subversive thematic elements such as "good vs. evil" in popular films these days. It's nice to know that the Holy See sees the truth and can tell us what that is because we certainly can't figure it out on our own.
Now, before I continue I want all my Catholic Brothers and Sisters in Christ to know that I'm not attacking or criticizing you. I love you all. I'm attacking and criticizing the men who run the institutional Catholic church system and specifically those at the Vatican because it's absolutely ridiculous to me how they can downplay the spiritual while elevating the worldly.
See, my problem is that if they truly want to be "relevant" and make contributing, constructive comments about pop culture, then they need to seriously get in line with what God's Word tells us about such things and speak to that.
I mean, where's the commentary about how this is pure occult and witchcraft on full display, glorified and romanticized, for audiences worldwide (many of which are impressionable young children)? Shouldn't it be the job of the "holy" Vatican to stand for truth -- no matter how unpopular -- and warn people about the dangers of embracing such things let alone encouraging people to go see it by their endorsement?
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano even gave two thumbs up to the film's treatment of adolescent love, saying it achieved the "correct balance" and made the stars more credible to the general audience.
Really? Funny, I wonder if their "two thumbs up" on the film's treatment love is also applicable to another kid of relationship that is shown prominently in this installment of the series? In other words, does their thumbs up equal a thumbs up for homosexuality as well since the character known as Dumbledore is gay?
The irony (and sad part of this entire story) can be found in the article's final three paragraphs:
The Vatican's praise follows the sharp criticism of the Harry Potter series by a Conservative Austrian priest at the center of a church crisis earlier this year.
The Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner had characterized Harry Potter novels as Satanism, while also suggesting Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans and surrounding areas, was provoked by sin.
Pope Benedict XVI promoted Wager to the post of auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria's third largest city, in January. But amid an outcry among Austrian Catholics over his comments, Wagner eventually gave up the promotion.
Wow! While I'm surprised the reporter even included that in this story, it's incredible to me that here we have the contrast between both views on full display and the position the Vatican should adhere to is the one this Reverend is being blasted for.
In other words, the message is quite clear to the rest of us: If you are a Christian who holds to similar views, then you're the one who's "on the fringe" and fostering a "crisis" by maintaining such a harsh and outdated point of view on a harmless movie no less.
Yeah right! The pure irony! This would be laughable if it wasn't so incredibly sad and disturbing. In the end, it's just another sign of the times I'm afraid.
The worst part is that I keep thinking about that time back in December 2008 when Pope Benedict himself said that the end times and Jesus' return is not close, and that there's nothing to worry about, and that we shouldn't be concerned with prophecy let alone watching for Jesus' return. What was that!?! Seriously? Yes! He actually said that!
Don't read your Holy Bible. Go out and watch a movie instead. I hear that the new Harry Potter film is a good one.
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