Sometimes you just can't cure stupid
Published 31/05/2015 | 02:30
The latest silliness to grip young people is a game called 'Charlie Charlie'. It's like the Ice Bucket Challenge but with a demonic Mexican
It's a teenage rite of passage and something that most people do at least once during their adolescence. The Church warns against it, you don't want your parents to know, and discovery can lead to ridicule, embarrassment and endless slagging.
Yes, most of us have tried a seance or ouija at least once while growing up and immediately realise that it's complete nonsense and a waste of time which could be better spent trying to summon up courage to talk to those most mysterious of creatures - girls.
The latest silliness to grip some young people is a game called 'Charlie Charlie', which involves people trying to summon a spirit.
Basically, it's like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but with a demonic Mexican.
So far, so daft.
After all, kids have to discover things for themselves and an early realisation that there is no such thing as ghosts, ghouls or demons will, ideally, lead them on a path to rational enlightenment, unencumbered by superstitious or religious baggage.
The kids may have an excuse, but what about the grown-ups who have reacted with panic as word of the craze spread?
In Derry, teachers, Sinn Fein and a local Catholic priest have all joined forces to condemn the trend, with Fr Michael Canny thundering that dabbling with such matters "is very damaging" before adding that: "People may be sceptical and doubt that evil spirits are involved."
Well, thanks for that padre.
The bind the Church finds itself in is that they can't admit it's all nonsense.
After all, when you're trying to sell transubstantiation to people, pissed off Mexican spirits seems almost reasonable.