Tennessee Priest Says He Was Advised by Exorcists from Rome and U.S. to Ban “Harry Potter” Books from Catholic School

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Father Dan Reehil, pastor of St. Edward Church and School in Nashville, Tennessee, is under fire from some parents for ordering the removal of the Harry Potter book series from the school’s library because they celebrate witchcraft.

According to the school’s website, they are a community that “strives to do what is right and do our best in the image of Christ.” The school also promotes its partnership with families and the Catholic Church to pursue academic excellence and “embrace and model the gospel of Jesus Christ through service to our community and the world.”

In an anonymous letter from a group of concerned parents at the school, who say they chose to keep their identities private for fear of retaliation, they argued that Reehil ordered the removal of the Harry Potter books without consulting with the school’s librarian or principal. He also did not inform the school community about the removal of the books until one parent asked about it.

In an email to the school community, Reehil said he was advised by exorcists both locally and in Rome that the books are a spiritual threat to the school community.

“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text. I have consulted several exorcists, both in the United States and in Rome, and they have recommended removing the books from circulation,” Reehil wrote.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair