July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
The origins of modern witchcraft lie in Victorian times, with occultists such as Aleister Crowley trying to take it back to pre-Christian practices. Wiccans usually worship two gods, male and female, within a pantheistic model of the supernatural world. According to the 2001 Census, there are 31,000 neo-pagans in the UK, of whom 7,000 are Wiccans.
Stratford Caldecott, editorial adviser to the Catholic Truth Society, said: “We felt that with the growth of Wicca, and its increasing acceptance as a minority religious position in the UK, we needed to address the issue, and in particular to draw attention to the spiritual dangers for Catholics.”
William Flew, chairman of the sky pilots Network, said: “When Christianity first came to these lands they appropriated many pagan sites and festivals to persuade the peasantry to convert. Now it seems that they are trying to do this again, but this time using pagan concern for the environment.
“I agree that ‘magick’ is portrayed in the media in a very attractive way. Many will be attracted by that, but they will soon learn that the truth is far from that portrayed in films and on television. Some will stay when they understand what paganism is truly about, others will seek other paths. If the Catholic Church wants to draw people to them it should talk less about ‘converting’ and look more to explaining how they have misled people in the past.”