This is Proof We’re Living in Bizarro-World

jesusI woke up this morning to find this article on my facebook feed. It’s something I never, ever, ever, ever, ever imagined I would see the fucking pope saying. First, go here and read the article. Watch the video there too, so you can make up your own mind.

Apparently Catholics no longer believe that Jesus is the unique redeemer – you know, like the New Testament says (it’s somewhere in John)  not to mention the entirety of their tradition. Now, all roads lead to the same goal. Now, I don’t believe squat about Jesus. I’m a sensible, educated, devout polytheist. I’m not deluded. They are and have been for two thousand years. That’s been the single defining characteristic of their tradition. Well, their Marxist pope just tossed that all to hell now, possibly by their theology, literally. I think this is the guy who abolished limbo after all. Not too many places for them left to go. 

Now, he has pretty much declared that there is no difference between any religion (except of course, for indigenous or polytheistic religions. We’re still fair game for evangelization). I was suspicious of this guy for a long time, especially when he kept making these social justice statements, that all of my Pagan and Polytheist friends were applauding. I wasn’t, because I saw this is just incipient Marxism and that inevitably leads to the subjugation of traditions. When it comes down to it, they’re always going to have to make a choice: which is more important, the religion or the politics and politics inevitably wins (when you’re a Marxist). That may be ok for a freshman in college, but maybe not the head of a world religion. The uniqueness or exclusivity of a tradition is part of the tradition (a lesson we as polytheists really need reminding of on occasion).

If this Pope decides to further water down Catholicism – you know, the tradition he is tasked with protecting and defending—into further nothingness, we are going to be left with the Protestant crackpots. Catholics, once they got over the whole inquisition thing, have pretty much been preservers of Western tradition, art, and values – all of which they stole from polytheism granted. Anglicans likewise have held this position. That’s not the case with the crazy Protestantisms: dominionists, end times fatalists, bible thumpers, etc. They want to bring down the world and remake it in the image of their repressive, life-hating pseudo-theology. Just like Muslims and SJWS. Oh hey, look: a new alliance is formed. Always mistrust the radical.

But on the plus side maybe all the SJWs in Paganism and Polytheism will flee into the Catholic Church and we won’t have to deal with them damaging our traditions anymore. Or, maybe we should start evangelizing these displaced Catholics. They already have the basics of piety and cultus down and their own Church has abandoned them. We just have to teach them to count beyond three.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on February 8, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I don’t know, on the one hand I don’t like to see religious traditions get watered down, and I’ve always hated the “we’re all essentially the same” bullshit because it’s the coward’s way of “tolerance” rather than acknowledging actual differences and just accepting them rather than killing each other over them. But on the other hand, right now, I’m kind of glad to see a big religious leader advocating unity and acceptance rather than “we have the only way and we’ll kill anyone who doesn’t fall in line” which has often historically been the Catholic perspective, and also provides religious justification for some of the Islamist violence happening right now (the kind you’re also vehemently against). Obviously it would be better if we could all just leave each other alone in peace, but I’d still rather have the leader of a major religion advocating understanding than (more) discrimination and violence.

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    • He’s also advocating allowing every possible Muslim refugee into Europe pretty much carte blanche (in other speeches, not this particular video), which I certainly don’t agree with. I’m actually wondering if he’s going to attempt to dissolve the Catholic church, which would leave the vacuum for nutter fundies I mention above. I mean, obviously the man cares absolutely nothing for Western culture or values.

      I feel bad for Catholics. Their liturgy is already watered down to nothingness. This is the living mystery of their faith and more and more it gets treated like social hour. Pandering to the Protestants during and after Vatican II (in the name of “Ecumenism”) has led to the Marian cultus and saint cultus and most of the actual interesting aspects of Catholicism being abolished or at least severely downplayed. I think that ecumenism is a threat to any tradition in the end. This goes well beyond that and has for awhile.

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    • I’m kind of glad to see a big religious leader advocating unity

      You mean other than Shia Labeouf?

      “… not divide us. He will not divide us. He will not divide us. He will …”


  2. Ouch. I almost feel bad for Catholics right now. Their own titular leader just said they weren’t special, or even worth defending as unique. They’ve got a long history of doing the same.


  3. Actually what it sounds like is a Catholic version of Monism (all roads lead to the same “Christian” God). He said this last year then not a couple months later, elevated a monk from California, Junipero Serra, who was KNOWN for mistreatment of Indigenous Americans, to sainthood. Which is business as usual for the Catholic church…rewarding genocidal Catholics with sainthood (Cyrus of Alexandria, Saint Olaf of Norway, etc).


    • He also canonized Mother Teresa…a sadistic bitch –there are reliable reports of her denying pain care and medicine to people in terrible pain so they could suffer — non consensually–like Jesus. (not to mention other ethical violations). He’s pandering. That’s all it is. He’s pandering to the SJWs (though I think he does feel for those in horrible circumstances, he’s not adequately rooting that in any awareness of his tradition nor his obligations as pope to his tradition), then trying to pander to conservative Catholics by throwing them a canonized bone.

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