Tuesday, May 09, 2006

St. Ignatius Loyola Spins In His Grave

Would anyone care to explain why an ostensibly Catholic (well, Jesuit) university is hosting a national conference for paganism?

Halifax will play host next month to the second annual Canadian National Pagan Conference, Gaia Gathering.

The three-day event, taking place from May 19-22 at Saint Mary’s University, will explore the theme Real People, Real Faith, Real Life.

Paganism has yet to be recognized as a formal religion, but efforts are underway to have it accepted.

Based on the success of the panel discussions at last year’s conference in Edmonton, this year’s event will be presented in a panel format with a few guest speakers.

Some of the topics that will be explored include the legalities of organizing pagan churches, dealing with the school system and your pagan children, teaching paganism and running a pagan business.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit www.gaiagathering.ca

You could ask the president of St. Mary's , but he'll likely blow you off with some windy statement about tolerance and diversity, and the fact that St. Mary's is now lay governed, etc., etc.

You might also ask the chancellor how sitting on the board of directors of a university that insults the Catholic faith it uses to drum up support from old alumni with is compatible with his episcopal responsibilities.

Source: Halifax Chronicle-Herald


PGP said...

The pursuit of "political correctness" has poluted every institution in the west.

Danté said...

On a "secular" campus I would have no problem with this, as these people have their own set of beliefs that should be respected, no matter what your opinion on them might be.

However, on a supposedly Catholic campus, and a Jesuit one of all things, this shouldn't happen. God help us all when a Jesuit University sponsors paganism.