Following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge, an occult book shop in New York hosted his mass-“hexing”: people identifying as witches gathered to curse him. They had earlier done the same thing to President Trump. Reading such stories in reputable news sources like the BBC brings to mind G.K. Chesterton’s remark:
When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.
As LifeSiteNews has reported, however, self-described witchcraft has grown to the level which is no longer simply a joke. It is important to keep three points in mind about it. First, the claims of today’s occultists and witches to some historical continuity with European paganism are completely deluded. Secondly, it is nevertheless spiritually dangerous. Thirdly, Catholicism is the form of religion it most detests, and also the form which can most help its adherents.
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A false dichotomy has been established and is being opened wider and wider. There should in reality he no great rift between pre-Christian and Christian understandings of the cosmos.ReplyDelete
The art and poetry of David Jones (1895-1975) is very instructive in this regard. Jones was a great advocate of the Latin Mass and that really shines through in his work. But the Celtic gods also have an important role to play in his imaginative universe. But only - like all of us in terms of their relationship to Christ. He is the central Sun around who me the old gods revolve. CS Lewis does something similar in his Narnia books and Science Fiction trilogy.
One had to wonder if the sidelining of the TLM since V2 has weakened this mystical, inclusive (in th best sense of the word) understanding of Christ and left the door ajar for a whole gamut of pseudo-spiritualities and worse to fill the vacuum.
A propos, not that Islam's a pseudo-spirituality, but I'd be interested to read your take on Sinead O'Connor's recent conversion and what that might say about how Catholicism has been presented since 1970.