A Pennsylvania-based priest has deemed Celine Dion’s new gender-neutral clothing line for kids ‘demonic’ and ‘satanic.’
Dion launched the groundbreaking clothing line, called CELINUNUNU, last month.
‘CELINUNUNU believes that fashion builds concepts deep within our minds and changes thought patterns,’ the company said in a press release. ‘It aims to free the forces of creativity and imagination in children, nurturing equality and flexibility of thought that enable kids to fully embrace who they are.’
But this line of thinking isn’t okay with Msgr. John Esseff, a priest and exorcist in the Diocese of Scranton.
Msgr. John Esseff
Esseff spoke with The National Catholic Register (NCR) on the ‘satanic’ nature of these clothes.
‘I’m convinced that the way this gender thing has spread is demonic,’ he said. ‘It’s false. I don’t even know how many genders there’s supposed to be now, but there are only two that God made.’
‘The devil is going after children by confusing gender,’ he continued. ‘When a child is born, what is the first things we say about that child? It’s a boy, or it’s a girl. That is the most natural thing in the world to say. But to say that there is no difference is satanic.’
‘To take away the male or femaleness of a baby is hitting at the very heart of nature by denying a simple truth of the way that child was created.’
‘People behind this are influencing children to disorder. This is definitely satanic. There is a mind behind it—an organized mindset.’
‘The devil is a liar and there are huge lies being told. This is being done for money, and there is divisiveness that comes from this—marks of the devil.’
‘Ugly’ clothing with meaning
The journalist behind this NCR interview referred to the clothing as ‘ugly,’ ‘creepy,’ and ‘disturbing’ due to the dark colors and skull motifs.
While the goth aesthetic may not be for everyone, the message behind the clothing line is important nonetheless.
Gender stereotyping and imposed gender roles can have consequences on the minds of youth.
‘Adolescent health risks are shaped by behaviors rooted in gender roles that can be well-established in kids by the time they are 10 or 11 years old,’ explains Kristin Mmari, the lead researcher behind John Hopkins’ Global Early Adolescent Study. ‘Yet we see billions of dollars around the world invested in adolescent health programs that don’t kick in until they are 15, and by then, it’s probably too late to make a big difference.’