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Does the Roman Catholic Church still have a problem with D&D?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17148points) February 12th, 2017

Or have they settled with it? My godfather has a problem with it, and my father told me not to get too deep with it. My Lutheran minister told me not to get “lost” with my reading occult stuff in the sanctuary overnight.

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Zissou's avatar

There’s nothing in the Catechism about role-playing games. There may be individual Catholic clerics (see what I did there) or conservative activists who borrow a page from the Evangelicals and get upset about it, but there is no official teaching against D & D per se. But like many things that are not inherently bad, D & D can be used for improper purposes if people choose.

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zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Who says they ever did? D&D is not occult, it is fantasy for boys who aren’t adept at socializing.

And Lutheran ministers are a far fetch from Roman Catholics.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@zenvelo They went over board in the 70’s with the episode of Mazes and Monsters. From a college kid going nuts. The bible talked about not focusing to deeply on demons lest you become one.

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zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 What does a Tom Hanks movie have to do with the Catholic Church? It is insulting you smear the church with your game, nobody cares if you go play in your fantasy.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@zenvelo OK thanks. I thought the church was in charge in the states in the past. Sorry.

JeSuisRickSpringfield's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 The Catholic Church has no official position on D&D. It was mostly evangelicals and fundamentalists who accused the game of encouraging witchcraft and suicide, but they have mostly moved on these days.

@zenvelo The movie is anti-D&D propaganda pushed by religious conservatives. That’s the connection. There was a lot of moral panic regarding role-playing games in the 80s. There’s even a Chick tract about it. The Catholic Church was never really involved with the hysteria, but I can understand @RedDeerGuy1‘s confusion.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I’ve never heard of the Catholic Church in particular having an problem with D&D and thee like. That’s more of a evangelical thing.

Darth_Algar's avatar

As an aside Chick tracts are fucking hilarious.

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

This isn’t new but is mostly a niche thing amongst arch conservatives Catholics and Bible-thumping malcontents. I once knew a someone who went on an actual crusade to get all references to yoga, multiculturalism, and death banned in their local public school and making sure that all fantasy role-playing games were banned on school property as well. God rest her soul, but homegirl needed to take a chill pill and get a hobby, STAT.

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