Church schools should immediately stop celebrating Halloween as it incentivises children to “enter the world of magic and spirits”, exorcist Fr. Franco Fenech has warned.
“It is being presented [like a carnival] but, like Jesus had said, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” he said. “It’s not an issue of whether the devil will take over you or not but of incentivising children to keep finding more about it.”
Fenech was speaking on TVM’s show Insights, presented by Glen Falzon, in a debate about Halloween with TV host Salvu Mallia and psychotherapist Lucienne Gravino.
The exorcist warned that, by allowing Halloween to take place inside its schools, the Church is going against a decree it had issued 14 years ago where it said the feast shouldn’t be celebrated at all.
“With time, this decree was either forgotten or they gave [Halloween] another chance,” he said. “It saddens me that a religious convent allows such celebrations in a sacred place.”
“With regards state schools, we can only give advice but with Church schools, I expect us all to pull the same rope. Let’s understand there are people who study this phenomenon in Malta and if the advice is that it shouldn’t happen, then it shouldn’t happen.”