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A spokesperson for the Vatican has spoken out against practices common in Europe and North America such as the celebrations of Halloween, April Fools Day, and the 'pagan' elements of Mardi Gras.
This is particularly concerning this year as April Fools Day falls during Holy Week.
Cardinal Duhamel of the Congregation for the Deffense of Condemnation, said about pranks "Not only are such practices contrary to human dignity and rooted in anti Christian history, but they are directly contrary to scripture." The scripture he refers to is Proverbs 26:18-19 which reads
"Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”
"Even Jesus Himself taught that anyone who says you fool is in danger of Hell Fire" (Matt 5:22) says Duhamel.
"That's bad!" says Jeannette Manser of the Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers.
These issues may be addressed at the upcoming synod on Groundhogs Day and other Occult practices.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Catholic Youth Ministry Coordinator from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, said "The danger here is that these conversations only reinforce stereotypes already held against Catholics as being humourless and incapable of irony. Suppose someone only reads the first few paragraphs of this article, and ignores its publication date?"