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The following article appeared in the Daily Mail 25 November 2011.

Father Gabriel Amorth has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in his capacity as Chief Exorcist at the Vatican.

The 85-year-old can boast 25 years in the post after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II.

At a conference today, he surprised the delegates by revealing some of his greatest dislikes - yoga and Harry Potter.

Father Amorth, a colourful and often outspoken personality, said:'Practising yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil.'

He added:'Yoga is the Devil's work. You thing you are doing it for stretching your mind and body but it leads to Hinduism. All these oriental religions are based on the false belief of reincarnation.'

Father Amorth, speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard.

He said:'People think it is an innocuous book for children but it's about magic and that leads to evil. In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil.

'Satan is always hidden and the thing he desires more than anything is for people to believe he does not exist. He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us.

'My advice to young people would be to watch out for nightclubs because the path is always the same: alcohol, sex, drugs and Satanic sects.'

It is not the first time that Father Amorth has raised eyebrows with his forthright views - last year he said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that 'the Devil was at work in the Vatican.'

'Satan studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us'

While in 2006, Father Amorth, who was ordained a priest in 1954, gave an interview to Vatican Radio in which he said that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Russian dictator Josef Stalin were both possessed by the Devil.

According to secret Vatican documents recently released the then wartime Pope Pius XII attempted a 'long distance exorcism' of Hitler but it failed to have any effect.

It is also not the first time that Father Amorth, who is president of the International Association of Exorcists, has spoken out against Harry Potter saying in the past that it opens children's minds to dabbling with the occult and black magic.

Today Vanda Vanni, of the Italian Yoga Association, said:'A Satanic practice? Pardon the pun but that is an accusation that is neither in Heaven or on earth. Father Amorth's accusation is completely without foundation.

'It is an outrageous thing to say - yoga is not a religion but a spiritual discipline. It is about freedom and a search to find one's inner self. It does not touch religion and has nothing to do with Satanic sects nor does it encourage people to join them.

Giorgio Furlan, who runs the Yoga Academy in Rome, said`:'There are some paths of yoga which do lead towards Hinduism but other paths are more philosophical but their is no direct link with religion and certainly no link with Satanism.

'To say such things shows you have no idea of what you are talking about - yoga controls violent impulses of the nervous system and subconscious - to be honest with me it had the effect of bringing me closer to Christianity and in particular the Catholic Church which I had abandoned as a youngster.

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Re: Yoga And Harry Potter Are Evil Apparently

Father Amorth is well known as a master publicist.
He has a very "old-fashioned" view about the world, leading him to believe (or say he believes) the Devil is behind each and every corner.
Some of you may not remember it but the same charges were levelled against ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement), various martial arts and even the popular board game Dungeons and Dragons.

Amorth is part of a revival of sorts in Catholicism (mostly confined to Southern European countries like Spain and Italy) which harkens back to the "old times".
For example Catholic exorcists have been instructed for decades to wait for approval from the local bishop to carry out a proper exorcism (most "exorcisms" are usually little more than prayer sessions and blessings). The bishop needs to consult a panel of scientific experts, usually including neurologists and psychiatrists, and be told the case in question is beyond the reach of modern science. Then, and only then, can he authorize an exorcism.
Amorth has been known to "arm-wrestle" bishops on occasions to carry out exorcisms and is even rumored to have carried out "unauthorized" exorcisms. So far (perhaps due to his popularity among "old fashioned" Catholics, generous financial contributors to the Church's coffers) he has escaped disciplinary action.
Bishop Milingo was expelled from the Church for similar reasons: he was tolerated as long as he operated in his own diocese, but when he started to carry out exorcisms in Europe, often in front of large crowds and/or cameras, he was kicked out without too much cerimony. He later joined the Unification Church ("Moonites") in protest.

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Re: Yoga And Harry Potter Are Evil Apparently

I am not sure whether to applaud your knowledge of individual exorcists or be slightly frightened Mauro :).

I have of course heard about Dungeons & Dragons being evil (I must be beyond help then by now) but not yoga.  However, on another forum I came across someone who, whilst working at a Church run charity or group was told flatly that yoga was evil and they would not introduce as a sort of therapy for the people they supported.

There is a toy shop in Carlisle that caused a stir when they refused to sell Harry Potter products as they would entice youngsters to the occult or whatever.  They must have missed out on some sales there.

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 How utterly unsurprising that this was reported in the Daily Mail - as broadminded as ever.

There's no such thing as the devil - just the bad side of human nature is enough.

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I've heard that Yoga is really frowned on by Christainity but didn't realise that Catholics agreed. 

I find it strange how in our open world religion still feels intimidated by magic.  I guess the rest of Philip Pullman's book will never be made into films due to this kind of overreaction by the church.

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Re: Yoga And Harry Potter Are Evil Apparently

Ian, those informations are easily available on the Internet... since I don't watch TV I have to do something to fill up my evenings!

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