A new magazine has been launched in Poland, warning of the dangers of atheism, new age practices and dabbling in the occult.
The first edition of Egzorcysta (The Exorcist) warns against the dangers of Lady Gaga’s music, and includes an interview with an exorcist and a review of the film ‘The Rite’. Written in Polish, and published by Polskie Wydawnictwo Encyklopedyczne,15,000 copies have been distributed nationally with a cover price of 10zł each.
Artur Winiarczyk, editor in chief of the magazine, said that more than 3 million Poles regularly use ‘occult’ services, adding: “We decided to inform about the pitfalls associated with the occult, astrology and the esoteric. Unfortunately we can see an increase in young people’s interest in such phenomena… we want them to realise that it is dangerous.”
Speaking at the launch of the magazine in Warsaw, Father Aleksander Posacki said the number of exorcisms in Poland had risen from four, 15 years ago, to 120 at present. He blamed the increase on the rise of capitalism, adding: “It is indirectly due to changes in the system; capitalism creates more opportunities to do business in the area of occultism. Fortune telling has even been categorised as employment for taxation.”
Father Posacki said the public could look to the magazine for descriptions of ‘real life exorcisms’, and would no longer need to rely on Hollywood movies for information. Demonic possession arose from occult activity, he said, adding: ““Possession comes as a result of committing evil.”
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