The Real Problem Is Not Harry Potter
The Problem Is The Lack Of Proper Spiritual Formation
NOTE Added on July 29, 2003 [Other NOTES added before this date may be found at the end of the this document.]The original Document...
After the dust generated during the last Harry Potter release settled, we read in a news report issued by Reuters on June 18, 2003 that:Harry Potter can breathe a bit easier these days... the lawyers, preachers and family groups seem ready to give it a rest.Well friends - there you have it. So much for "Christian zeal".
The last time Rowling released a book -- 2001's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" -- Harry became a target of many Evangelical Christians who said the series of children's novels spawned an unhealthy appetite for witchcraft and the occult.
Mathew Staver, a Christian attorney in Orlando, sued a public library for encouraging children to read all four Potter novels,.. Schools and libraries all over the country came under attack.
Evangelical writer Richard Abanes' 2001 book "Harry Potter and the Bible" sold more than 100,000 copies and established him as one of the leading critics of the novels. Two years later, he thinks the momentum has run out on Potter bashing. "I've moved on. I have other things to do," Abanes said.
Many conservative Christians have come to embrace the books, in part drawn by a portrayal of evil that has grown ... almost Biblical, with each book.
Steven Vander Ark is a librarian at a Christian school in Michigan as well as webmaster of one of the largest Harry Potter sites on the Internet... sees Biblical themes and classically Christian symbols in Rowling's work... said Vander Ark. "She is writing extremely moral books that show that evil is real and you have to take a stand against it, even at great cost to yourself."
Would the faithful and leaders of Islam or Judaism have acted in the same manner had the core of their Faith been directly undermined as Christianity was? Of course not! The world would not have heard the end of it!
Do you wonder why God does not listen to most prayers these days?"When you spread out your hands, I close my eyes to you; Though you pray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood!" Isaiah 1:15We recommend the reading of all of Chapter 1 of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah - the world may find the reason and solution to its multiplying problems right there.
Keep in mind - that one believes on God or not does not affect God nor His Law.
As the world holds its breath awaiting the next installment of the "Gospel according to Harry Potter" we, Christians, must take stock of what is really taking place. It is time to take a long and hard look on the mirror.
The product of the so-called New Age enlightenment such as: Abortions, Failed Marriages, Drug Dependency and Abuse, Promiscuity, Sexual Perversions, Corrupt Government Officials, Amorality, etc. is the result of a poorly spiritually formed society. The question is: Who is ultimately responsible for such poor spiritual formation?
The answer should be clear for anyone who claims to be of the Christian Faith:If in nearly 2,000 years evil has obviously completely gained the upper hand in the world, then, either Those who claim to have been entrusted by Our Lord Jesus Christ to Evangelize the world have done poorly; OR Jesus Christ lied to us; OR evil is more powerful than God.
It does not require John the Baptist to resolutely state that the first option provides the only answer. May God help any who may even fleetingly consider the second and third options as possibilities or try to justify the abysmal failings illustrated in the first option.
Are we being harsh?
We will answer such rhetorical question with additional questions: (1) Does anyone realize the enormous supernatural power that the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Orthodox and Roman, have?; (2) Why has the true Successor of Peter and Bishop of Rome find it necessary to go directly to the people via innumerable, demanding and exhausting trips?; (3) Why has it been necessary to shower the faithful with a multitude of necessary and truly Holy Encyclicals in the last thirty plus years?
My brothers and sisters, what the last Roman Catholic Pope of These Times has been trying to do is counteract the legacy of a corrupt structure. Not a corrupt Church but a corrupt organizational structure which, for nearly 2,000 years, has been primarily intent in amassing financial and political power while the souls of the faithful, with parched throats, went begging for a drop of the Living Waters that Our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, promised the Samaritan woman and, thus, to all of us.
The failure of the Evangelization effort was never an option when we consider that Our Lord Jesus Christ left us with such immense trove of powerful supernatural treasures.
The consequences of this failure is what our dear John Paul II has been trying to reverse since the moment he assumed the Chair of Peter.
May God the Father have Mercy on the members of the clergy and religious orders who continue to lead a life of denial, refusing to utilize the supernatural powers available in the Treasures left to fallen humanity by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Such behavior is a blasphemy.
And you, brethren, do not cease to pray for the ever shrinking group of holy members of the clergy and religious orders. They need, and deserve, the full prayerful support of all Christians.
"It is the fastest-selling book we have ever had," said a spokeswoman for WH Smith, Britain's largest bookseller, after Saturday's publication of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was billed as the world's largest book launch.
"They were going through the tills at more than eight copies a second," she told Reuters. "Pre-orders were 10 times bigger than those for the last Harry Potter book."
"Rowling's fame - selling almost 200 million copies in 55 languages and 200 countries...", and
"The first two Potter movies have grossed $1.8 billion worldwide..."
Harry Potter has been made the children's idol with the tacit approval of the ruling group within the Roman Catholic Church (see NOTE below) - someone to emulate in his witchcraft and wizardry. We presume then that once the innocent audience has been thoroughly identified with him, he will die... logically, setting the example for those innocent children and young adults who may want to emulate him - as if they needed an additional incentive to commit suicide!
NOTE Added on February 6, 2003
The M+G+R Foundation responds to "The Vatican Gives Two Thumbs Up to Harry Potter" and to its endorsement by the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei.
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