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Magic cards QUESTION from Jonathan Thomas October 17, 2000 First of all, I would like to say that I am a believing Catholic. While I have not experienced anything of the extraordinary nature described in this forum, I have certainly felt God's grace. And it certainly seems that you are a faithful servant of God, acting with the best intentions.
However, it saddens me greatly to see the over-suspiciousness that you view certain harmless pastimes with. For example, in you letter about a card game named Magic, both you and the letter writer display a near-complete ignorance of the subject. Yet you arbitrarily decide that such a game should be burned! This game is in fact nothing of this nature. It has nothing to do with the occult, or practicing magic for that matter, and shows far greater similarity to the recent Pokemon card game. It involves playing with certain cards against your opponent, and is about as demonic as a game of crazy eights. In younger days, I used to play this game, and I certainly felt no harmful effects of my soul (though perhaps on my wallet- the cards could be expensive.)
Next time, sir, however well intentioned, I suggest that you do a bit of research before suggesting the burning of something that should be classified with monopoly.
Thank you for your time, and may God be with you.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on December 17, 2000 Dear Mr. Thomas:
I don't think you read my response very carefully.
If you look at the Q & A, I was asked about the card game Magic. I said that I am not directly familiar with the game, but I would imagine with a name like Magic it probably deals with issues of Magic.
That is not an unreasonable or overly suspicious assumption. After all, why call the game Magic if it does not deal with magic. I suppose that is possible. The game known as Monopoly I guess could have been named Tonka Dump Truck, but it wouldn't fit the product much.
Any game or toy with a name like Magic, Demon Slayer, and whatnot is a red flag.
That doesn't mean the game is thrown out, it means that the title causes a red flag suggesting to us that we should CHECK IT OUT.
You will notice that I did not actually make ANY comment about the Magic card game in the rest of my response. I merely went on to make a GENERAL warning about games with occultic themes and did so WITHOUT passing judgment on whether the Magic Card game was occultic.
It was a generic caution about games and things of an occultic nature. Whether this game is one of those, I don't know, but the general advice remains intact.
It is best to read carefully the responses.
As to this game, I will do some research on it an speak on it directly at a later time.
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