Catholic school removes Harry Potter books over 'evil spirits'

Catholic school removes Harry Potter books over 'evil spirits'

Reverend Dan Reehil contacted exorcists in Rome and the USA, who recommended removing the fantasy novels from St. Edward Catholic School's library in Tennessee.

In an email obtained by The Tennessean, the Rev. Dan Reehil of Nashville's St. Edward Catholic School said he consulted exorcists in the US and Rome who recommended removing the books.

The Tennessean reports that Reehil said he discussed the issue with exorcists both in Rome and the U.S.

Despite Reehil's decision to ban the books, Hammel claims that the school district does not like to engage in censorship.

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In other words, his decisions do not necessarily have to be approved or explicitly supported by the Diocese, within reason.

In an email to parents, the superintendent for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Nashville, said the Harry Potter books were never part of the curriculum, and students can still read them at the school if they bring copies from home.

Although the school used to stock the books, it will not offer them to pupils in its newly opened library, Hammel said.

"While the Catholic Church has expressed no formal position on the books and related movies, many voices in the Church, even at higher levels, have expressed that the subject matter may be appropriate when due consideration is given to the maturity of the reader". The book told the story of Harry Potter, who, on his 11th birthday, learns he is a wizard and has been accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "We leave these decisions to you as your children's primary educator".

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