Does the Pope dislike Harry Potter?
Pope Benedict XVI allegedly disapproves of Harry Potter. In March, 2003 the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote to Gabriele Kuby: “It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because these are subtle seductions which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly…”
Kuby had sent him a copy of her book Harry Potter – gut oder böse? [Good Or Evil]. The above quote was part of his response. (More of his response might be at her website at www.Gabriele-Kuby.de. I’m not sure, since it is all in German.)
He goes on to say that: “I remain firmly convinced that the Harry Potter novels are very well written. They are written on the classical plot of good versus evil in the standard way that the old myths were written. . . I can’t see that that’s a bad thing for children.”
He also advises parents: “If you’re in doubt, read the books yourselves, the first one, that’s the shortest one, and see what you think. Don’t simply rely on somebody else’s opinion, not even on my opinion.”
I had to post this because Fleetwood’s alternative Catholic view does not seem to be getting the publicity that the Pope’s two-year-old comments have.
It is also ironic that among the news sites that link to amazon, all of them link to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but none of them seem to link to Harry Potter – gut oder böse?. (It turns out to be a difficult book to find.)