The Polish Press Agency is reporting that the archbishop of Szczecin-Kamien, of the Polish Catholic Church, will read out a letter at Sunday sermons that warns against the dangers of Halloween.
The archbishop is expected to say;
“This kind of fun, tempting children like candy, also poses the real possibility of great spiritual damage, even destroying spiritual life,”
The Church is believed to be concerned that Halloween promotes the occult and that modern Halloween includes rituals that contradict Church teaching and Christianity. One archbishop pointed out that the 31st of October celebrations were promoting paganism to young people.
Of course, the Polish Church is partly right – Halloween does have its roots in “pagan” religions of Europe; but so does Easter and the current date for Christmas. Other Churches have expressed concern before and last year an American movement asked Should JesusWeen replace Halloween?.
In Poland the All Saints religious feast is popular but the American-born practice of carving pumpkins and dressing up is becoming increasingly common.
In Pure Spirit
Do you agree with the Church? Are there occult rituals in Halloween? Is it wrong? Should good Christians celebrate Halloween?