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Exorcist Warns Youth Away from Pencil Game

father jose forteaSpanish exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea is warning children to take a pass on The Pencil Game, aka the “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” which involves invoking the spirit of a dead child named Charlie.

The Catholic News Agency is reporting on an interview with Fortea published by ACI Prensa in which he warns that the Charlie Charlie Challenge involves the occult practice of “calling on spirits.“

The game, which has gone viral on social media, requires participants to lay two pencils in the shape of a cross on a sheet of paper with the words “yes” and “no” written on it. Players then summon the spirit by calling, “Charlie, Charlie, can you play?” and wait for the spirit to move the pencils in response. Twitter is full of clips of teens playing the game, then running off screen and shrieking in fear when the pencils begin to move.

Fortea says the game is very dangerous and warns that “some spirits who are at the root of that practice will harass some of those who play the game.” While not risking outright possession, participants in this game can expect that the spirits they invoke “will stay around for a while” in spite of the rules which say the spirit has to leave when the game is done.

Participants also risk that playing the game “will result in other spirits beginning to enter into even more frequent communication,” Father Fortea said.

“And so then the person really can suffer much worse consequences from the demons” who are pretending to be “Charlie”.

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