Pagan Chant In The Church: The Spirit of Assisi III

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Read here in Father Z’s Blog about the pagan priest chanting to a pagan deity in the church.

This happened in the presence of the Pope, after the Pope himself had given the microphone to the chap.

I cannot imagine that this was a provocation, or was made with any kind of malicious intent; and this is, I think, exactly the problem.

If a Pagan thinks, in perfect good faith, that he can pray in a consecrated Catholic church, in the presence (I assume) of the Blessed Sacrament, in the presence of even the Pope, and after being given the word by the same Pope, this is a clear indication that the entire exercise was made in the wrong spirit, or at the very least that it was made so carelessly and with such blatant disregard for Catholic Truth, that such a thing could happen with the intention of pleasing the presents, and the Christians among them. This is how – to say it mildly – confused the entire concept was.

This is the unavoidable result of the ambiguity of wanting to do things straight and curved, pleasing the peace ‘n love ecumenical crowd and the orthodox Catholics at the same time. The concept of meeting together “for peace” in the spirit of accepting that it is fine to belong to different religions, but at the same time asking them to pray separately because it is not, simply avoids the issue of truth and lie, and of why Christianity exists in the first place. As the chap was singing alone, as requested, he was certainly not thinking of doing something contrary to Christian feelings; he was probably not even aware that for Christians he is actually supposed to convert; he certainly thought it a gesture of friendship to start singing pagan songs in a church.

Well, one can’t but wonder how could it come to such a point, and the answer is known to all of us: because Christian values have been pushed in the background in an awkward attempt to link, but not link, spirituality and desire for peace; to accept, but not accept, that people have other faiths; to say that it is cool, but that it actually also isn’t, to pray to one’s deity for peace.

I wonder whether the chap is aware, as I write, of the scandal he – unwittingly – caused. Possibly not, as no one might have thought it charitable to inform him of the fact. He was, after all, such a nice bloke so affectionate to his Amidala, or Olokuna, or however she is called.

If you ask me, this incident epitomises so much that is wrong in today’s work of the Church: the attempt to remain formally orthodox without saying the unpleasant things. This entire Assisi episode has been a long walk on the brink of heresy, with the Pope assuring us that he would take care that we would not fall into the pit, but in my eyes failing to provide a convincing argument that such a walk was advisable – let alone necessary – in the first place.

The result is the “Spirit of Assisi III”, clearly seen in a chap who thinks it perfectly appropriate to chant a pagan song in a Catholic church.





Posted on October 29, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. The religion of that African pagan priest is called voodoo in America. The Yoruba tribe, which this man belongs to, practises a variation of that religion. All of the native (pagan) African faiths are a branch of the religion called Juju. If one wishes to know more about this pagan cult, I recommend Isaiah Oke’s “Blood Rituals”. Mr Oke was reared to be a priest in Juju, but he left it as a young adult, and converted to Protestant Christianity. The details he gives about the practise of Juju are horrifying. Which causes me to ask this question: did anyone ever inform the Holy father what voodoo was all about? And if he already knew, why in God’s name dis he allow this heathen any time at all at A III?

    • Interesting comment, Stephen!

      I assume that if one goes along the path of people of faith being able to pray together erm, gather together and pray separately, the voodoo man has appeared to be as good or bad as every Hindu or the like.

      When one strays from the theologically straight and narrow, he is bound to incur in incidents and to reveal contradictions. This incident is the unavoidable consequence of the wrong attitude.


  2. Errata: the name of the book I mentioned is “Blood Secrets” not “Blood Rituals” Sorry.

  3. Forgive my thickness, but what does this have to do with the Prequels?

  4. Well, who doesn’t prefer the originals?

  5. This is just horrible! I was made aware of the event at Assisi from an aquaintance in California (I am in Tennessee now) who is into all the New Age religions. I found it amazing that she was looking forward to seeing the Peace Gathering in Assisi and at first I thought it was a bunch of New Agers taking over our Beloved Hallowed ground of St. Francis and St. Clara! Then when I saw it announced as being covered by EWTN I was shocked. I watched it for awhile and had to turn it off as I was getting horrible feelings from it. It was like a lead up to the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT and a ONE WORLD RELIGION! St. Francis would have NVER stood for this! Then when the Vatican came out later with the suggestion of forming a One World Governing Body for Economic Matters I said “OH NO! This is going to totally feed into the Protestant claims that the Pope will be the Antichrist!” WHAT is the Vatican thinking??? What are the Bishops of Assisi and the Franciscan’s Thinking??? This is a disgrace to the church. We are suppose to love others but we are not suppose to let prayers of other gods go on in our churches and in front of the Blessed Sacrament! WHAT can the concerned Catholic Do?

    • The one with a “one world government” was a duck, the press went on it to make some headlines but it was just a couple of not-so-smart prelates. I have written about it.

      As for the Assisi gathering, that your new-age friend was all excited really says it all…


  6. Liz, that New Age buddy of yours that was soooo excited about Assisi; I wonder if your friend would have been thrilled to see the Juju human sacrfice described in Isaiah Oke’s “Blood Secrets”? “We are the world, we eat the children…” BTW, the late Michael Jackson shelled out $50,000 to a Juju priest to put a curse on a record industry nabob that he thought cheated him out of royalties from his works.

  7. I thought you might like to know what happened today when I went to Adoration. I was sitting there praying for the Priests when all of a sudden I hear “Look at Acts 13 it has what you need”. As I opened the Bible and read, I was amazed at verses 4-12! 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, 7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, [a]filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, 10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? 11 Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.

    What this said to me was that even Paul would not put up with false gods and false doctrins that were trying to take away the truth of the faith especially from someone who was searching for God and the truth! Notice how it says that Paul fixed his gaze on him and then called him you son of the devil. THAT sounds really eccumenical doesn’t it!

    I also realized that Jesus was always very patient and loving with sinners who were searching for the way but he would usually say “Go and Sin no more”. When he got angry it was usually at religious leaders who were abusing their position and leading people astray and not into the truth. I pray that the leaders in the Catholic Church will start to stand up for the truth and not water it down with singing Kumbyah with everyone who is worshipping other false gods!

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