Saturday, July 16, 2005

Potter still being debated in the Church
Harry Potter OK for Catholics
The Catholic Church is moving to set the record straight over its view of the Harry Potter books. When he was still a Cardinal, Pope Benedict wrote that the books subtly seduce young readers, and distort Christianity.
But New Zealand Catholic Church spokeswoman Lyndsay Freer says there is some question over the validity of the letter. She says more importantly, Vatican cultural advisors feel the book is not a theological work and is just plain children's literature.
Ms Freer says it's wonderful children are being encouraged to read, and the Potter books are no different from the likes of Grimms' Fairy Tales and Star Wars.

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