We have discussed (with no small amount of mirth) the Islamic fatwas against Pokemon. Now an Italian bishop appear intent upon showing that Christians can be equally absurd. Antonio Stagliano, the bishop of the southern town of Noto in Sicily, has declared the game to be “diabolical” and is going to court to try to block the game which he insists turns people into the “walking dead.” Better undead than brain dead, in my view.
Stagliano has been on a holy tear against the game which he describes as “a totalitarian system close to Nazism” and saying it had “alienated thousands and thousands of young people.” Not that the bishop should be forced back into sanity, but most people would see a slight difference between an Internet game and a war that led to the murder of millions and destruction of whole nations. However, that is just me.