Spanish priest Jose Antonio Fortea said the so-called Charlie Charlie Challenge, a game played on a simplified version of the Ouija board, poses a real danger as it involves the summoning of spirits, the Catholic News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The game uses two pens and a paper to create a makeshift version of the Ouija board. A grid is drawn on paper to make four panels, two of which are labelled “yes” and the other two “no.” The pens are then put on top of another, positioned like a cross.
The players invoke a Mexican demon by calling out “Charlie, Charlie can we play” or “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” Then they wait for the pen to move as they film the game for online posting.
Father Fortea warned that the game involves the real, occult practice of “calling on spirits,” cautioning people that “some spirits who are at the root of that practice will harass some of those who play the game.”
Even though players “won’t be possessed,” the spirit that has been summoned “will stay around for a while.”
Also, the game “will result in other spirits beginning to enter into even more frequent communication.”
“And so then the person really can suffer much worse consequences from the demons,” Father Fortea said.
Another priest, Fr Stephen McCarthy, warned students at the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Philadelphia against playing the game, The Independent reported on Tuesday.
“There is a dangerous game going around on social media which openly encourages impressionable young people to summon demons,” Father McCarthy said in an open letter.
“I want to remind you all there is no such thing as ‘innocently playing with demons.'” [More]