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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...


Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings

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Wren's Bird Call 7

Author: Wren
Posted: September 11th. 2000
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Wren's Bird Call of The Week is a response to the self-righteous 'dee-dee-dee-da-da-dee-dee" coming from that rather large and ostentatious building in Rome. The Vatican puppeteers-you know the ones who have their hands up the back of the Pope's gold-trimmed robe-announced this week that all churches other than the Catholic Church are 'deficient' and that all non-Christian faiths and "other rituals, insofar as they follow from superstitions or other errors (cf. 1 Cor 10:20-21), constitute an obstacle to salvation." Furthermore, the Jesus Christ as defined by the Catholic Church- via the current Pope as the continuing reincarnation of Peter-is THE only way for the lost to be saved. And, of course, 'Tolerance' is once again vilified as a demon out to snatch the unwary Catholic Christian soul.

Shock and outrage and a flurry of responses came in from all religious quarters following this declaration of Catholicism's supremacy over all things Christian. Most Protestant churches after a little grumbling pretty much said, "Well, with a few little exceptions, we can live with that-especially the 'Jesus as the only way' thing. That part's way cool."

The Rabbi Gershon Johnson, Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills, remarked, "I just want Christians to be good Christians," noting there is no pressure from Jews to convert anyone. "I don't understand why they don't want the same for us. I would much rather have a relationship with someone who believes that I'm not going to hell," he said.

Buddhists believe that many paths can lead to an experience with the Divine. "It's a matter of following the one that suits your values and life the best," said Aletha Watanabe of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, pondering the motivation for those contending there is only one path. "I think it's a fear that someone else might have a better idea."

(Catholic Damage Control Mode On.) Paul Ford, a theologian at St. John's Seminary, rushed in to explain: "The problem is that the document was written for Catholic theologians and bishops. Ford said the mass audience that is trying to digest the statements is misconstruing nuances." (end/Catholic Damage Control Mode and see the entire article for yourself. )

Okay. So this is rather like a General's message being intercepted by the opposing forces who then ring in a justifiably irate phone call: "Excuse me, General Pope, but we just intercepted a message from you saying that you plan to exterminate our forces. I thought that we were negotiating in good faith here. What's up with THAT?"

"That? Oh never mind that", replies General Pope. "That message wasn't meant for you at all. That wasn't me telling you that I was planning to eliminate your forces. (Chuckle) That was just me telling my generals and staff that it was OKAY to go out and eliminate your forces. Two different things entirely. Nothing to worry about here."

Now Pagans certainly do have a right to still be upset over the Vatican's refusal to apologize for all of those 'inconveniences' of the past centuries of genocide, plundering and forced conversions of pagan and other faith populations. But on this matter of 'whose Church is the real Church' and what is 'the one true way to salvation', we can sit on the sidelines, order up a chili dog and pretty much enjoy the game. While we watch the righteous equivalent of billboard wars declaring "This Way To be Saved!" and "Our Church Is the Only Path to Salvation", we can at least offer to help keep score. "We are impartial", we declare, "We are simply removed and impartial observers in your little game."

"As Pagans, we don't have any personal stake in the outcome of "Who's on Heavenly First Base'. We don't care who saves the most souls. It has nothing to do with us. You see, we were never lost."

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