Just a minute consideration here. Does one who writes a book entitled a "Catholic" guide to Harry take upon his/her shoulders the responsibility of seeming to eclipse the public concern/discernment of the present pope himself and certain other teaching prelates - thus identifying oneself as perhaps more "Catholic" than the pope?!! But then, these days, he's only the pope - right?
As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, there is no bigger fan of Pope Benedict XVI than me...and when it comes to this Harry Potter stuff he has never said anything as pope. What he did was respond to a letter as Cardinal that was written to him and responded with concern, but no one knows whether that concern was based on having read the Potter books (which I highly doubt) or just responding to the letter writer's raised concerns (which seems to be the case). Therefore this matter has hardly been spoken to in the universal manner in which the pope addresses issues, but rather we have a personal letter written to an individual who chose to have it published in the media to further a position that seems to be more hers than that of the pope.
Yes, Michael, I do know of your explanation of how the statements coming from then Cardinal Ratzinger came to be known to the public. Thank you.Michael, I was just referring to the boldness of title of mentioned book as "Catholic guide" when the more authentic title of Catholic advisor ought to be given only to those in positions within the Church's teaching levels (I mean the CDF reps ain't chopped liver), including their own possible advisor in Fr. Amorth, who has advised against anyone of the Faith taking the chance of endangering the formative faith of children here, much more to the point, influential laity who may do so. I didn't mean to imply that something was written in stone as Catholic teaching beyond the formed teaching in the CCC. I was referring to the advice and discernment of one/ones whose advice and discernment should be taken very seriously and included when one boldly uses the term "Catholic" in one's own public expertise as a critic. There are many other critics with powerful reasons for people to stay away from this particular influence and yet would not presume to arrogate the all knowing use of "Catholic" coming from a mere personal opinion or assessment. BTW, Amazon partners this book with "Jesus of Nazareth" as another selection of interest for those buying this book!Should one wish to wade through other reasons for doubt here are some:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1360555/postshttp://www.xanga.com/contentlatest.asp?user=MomK2b&fid=8&tab=reviews&bflag=And a bit more of that "Catholic" guidance:All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others ... are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. (2117; see also 2110-2116 and 2138)
Yes, I would only say that the "Catholic Family Guide" is just that and the home schooling mother who wrote the book isn't canonizing Harry Potter, but rather approaches this topic in a reasonable way and encourages parents to do the same. What she does so well is to show how for older children the Potter series isn't so much about magic--making my problems/ troubles disappear but rather the power of unseen forces of good and evil--in a mythical fashion like many other children's tales. The quotes mentioned in the above comment are referenced in the book.
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