MP News Staff
According to a report on Mexico City’s El Universal newspaper, the Catholic Church has issued a warning about Halloween to it’s millions of devotees through its weekly publication Desde la Fe, or From the Faith.
Linking this yearly festival to Satanic cults, the Archdiocese urges Catholics to avoid dressing as monsters, as the holiday goes against everything the Church represents.
The ecclesiastical institution dedicated the entire issue to the topic of the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, comparing this traditional Mexican Celebration with Halloween. In one of the articles it stated that “Halloween honors a culture of death, a product of a mixture of pagan customs” and considers the feast “has identified closely with neopagan groups as well as celebrations of the occult and the Satanic.”
It warns that the festivities have become so closely related to the occult that on the night of the 31st of October, celebrants in Ireland, the United States, Mexico and many other countries hold Black Mass, ghostly cults and other congregations “related to evil and the occult.”
“If we want to be true to our faith and the values of our Gospel, we would have to conclude that today’s version of Halloween has nothing to do with the actual celebration of origin, that it has become harmful and against our Faith and our Christian way of life,” affirmed the Archdiocese.
The institution also disapproves of the traditional monster costumes, which it insists is related to “evil (witches, black cats, vampires, ghosts and terrifying monsters) promoted by satanist trends.”
The text advises Catholics to participate in the activities that take place in several of Mexico City’s parrishes to counteract the influence of Halloween, such as contests based on the lives of saints and the Catechism that is taught to the children in the days previous to the Feast of All Saints.