Priest apologises for public burning of Harry Potter books

Priest apologises for public burning of Harry Potter books

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A priest in northern Poland has apologised after he led a public burning of the Harry Potter series and other books.

The Reverend Rafal Jarosiewicz said the burning was of items deemed by their owners as harmful and stressed that it was not aimed against books or culture.

Mr Jarosiewicz published his apology on Facebook.

He said the burning of books and other items linked to magic and the occult was "unfortunate".

Mr Jarosiewicz and other priests have drawn criticism after they burned books and items brought by parishioners on Sunday before a church in Gdansk, saying they were doing away with evil influences.

He was fined and an anti-smog group has contacted prosecutors about the open fire.

The book-burning comes as Poland's influential Catholic Church is grappling with revelations about the scale of paedophilia among its priests.

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