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Italy: Yoga is Satanic, says creepy old priest

November 27, 2011

Telegraph

Arm raises: you're doing it wrong

Arm raises: you’re doing it wrong

Father Gabriele Amorth, who for years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist … said yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”. 

Reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books is no less dangerous, said the 86-year-old priest…

“Practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he told a film festival in Umbria this week…

His views may seem extreme, but in fact reflect previous warnings by Pope Benedict XVI, when as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s enforcer of doctrinal orthodoxy.

In 1999, six years before he succeeded John Paul II as Pope, he issued a document which warned Roman Catholics of the dangers of yoga, Zen, transcendental meditation and other ‘eastern’ practises….

Father Amorth has previously said that people who are possessed by Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron and have such superhuman strength that even children have to be held down by up to four people.

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