Priests of an Evangelical Catholic church in Poland held a book burning this weekend, where they burned Harry Potter and Twilight books... as well as some other random things that, according to them, promote sorcery.
According to this Facebook post from Sunday, the priests gathered together books from the Harry Potter and Twilight series, animal figurines, a wooden tribal mask, and even a Hello Kitty umbrella.
What did Hello Kitty ever do to you?
On their Facebook post, along with several pictures of the event, the Catholic foundation SMS z Nieba, or SMS from Heaven, included fire emojis and quotations of scripture. This gem from Deuteronomy is just the opening: "The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God."
Mmmm... good ol' fashioned Catholic love.
The pictures show priests and altar boys gathering the items together and taking them outside the church to a shallow stone pit outside. There they pile the objects and a small group gathers and prays as the items are burned.
The book burning was widely criticized by people on social media, as well as theologians. There were comparisons to book burnings in Nazi Germany.
Rev. Wojciech Parafianowicz is the spokesman for the diocese of Koszalin, where the SMS z Nieba foundation is based, and he said that he “did not like this form of priestly activity” and called it "wrong."
Unlike many other European countries, Poland remains staunchly Catholic. In a report published last year, Poland was the most religious European country, with only 17 percent of 16 to 29-year-olds reporting no religious affiliation.
Despite the support of the majority of the population, the Catholic Church in Poland has not been free of struggles. Earlier this month, the Catholic Church authorities in Poland revealed to the public that they had cases of at least 382 clergymen who abused 625 victims under the age of 18 since the year 1990.
While I am glad that this profoundly ignorant display of medieval superstition was quickly criticized, it is still a lamentable fact that in 21st-century Europe, you have groups of people carrying out this stupid nonsense.