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Wicca Goes to College


Susan E. Wills - published on 10/30/14

Apart from our call as Catholics to make disciples of all nations and the fact that leading a Christian life is beneficial to individuals, families, communities and the common good, are there reasons why colleges – especially Catholic colleges – might not want to adopt a position of neutrality toward Wicca as it would toward other faith traditions? 

Consider this: Wicca is a religion only in the loosest sense of the word, having been cobbled together from various sources in the 1950s, having no defined doctrine (as each practitioner is free to believe what he or she wants) and largely practiced alone. With over 5,600 books on Wicca available from Amazon (many of them instructional), with incantations and spells to learn, loads of paraphernalia to acquire, practicing Wicca seems time-consuming, perhaps even to the point where individuals could be distracted from living with and for others – what we are meant to do and where our true happiness lies. Finally, by dabbling in magick, calling in spirits, seeking supernatural powers, people might inadvertently invite evil spirits (demons) into their lives. While individual Wiccans may be "good people" and "good citizens," it is difficult to see any nuggets of truth or goodness in Wicca itself.

Let’s remember to pray for the young people drawn to such undemanding "indigenous faiths," that the truth and beauty of Catholicism will shine brighter than the false promises of paganism and Wicca.

Susan E. Wills is spirituality editor of Aleteia’s English language edition.

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