Halloween is anti-Christian and sends dangerous occult messages, the Vatican reiterated on October 29, 2009. In an article entitled Halloween’s Dangerous Messages, Holy See newspaper l’Osservatore Romano quoted liturgical expert Joan Maria Canals as saying ”Halloween has an undercurrent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian”.Father Canals, a member of a Spanish commission on church rites, urged parents ”to be aware of this and try to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomeness and beauty rather than terror, fear and death”.
L’Osservatore praised a Spanish community’s decision to hold a prayer vigil on Saturday night and the Paris archdiocese’s idea of having kids play a lucky dip dubbed ‘Holywins’ instead.
These and similar initiatives in South America ”allow Catholic communities to have an alternative to the feast, to bear witness to their faith and Christian hope in the face of death”.
The Catholic Church in Italy has taken a dim view of Halloween’s growing popularity for years.
Last year, the bishops daily Avvenire appealed for a full-blown boycott, describing Halloween as a ”dangerous celebration of horror and the macabre”.
Warning parents of the dangers of children coming into contact with strangers during trick or treating, Anti-Occult Sect Service head Aldo Bonaiuto said the event ”promotes the culture of death” and could spur ”pitiless (Satanic) sects without scruples”.
He also argued that the spooky festival sets a bad example for young children.
”Halloween pushes new generations towards a mentality of esoteric magic and it attacks sacred and spiritual values through a devious initiation to the art and images of the occult,” he said.
”At best, it gives a big helping hand to consumerism and materialism,” he added.