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.

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Free-range tribalist Heathen, Galina Krasskova, has been a priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012. She has even given the opening prayer at the United Nations Conference “Women and Indigeny”. Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004, She is the head of Comitatus pilae cruentae and a member of the Starry Bull tradition. She has been a member of numerous groups through the years including the American Academy of Religion. She has also served previously as a state government contracted expert on the Asatru faith, and been a regular contributor to various print and online publications geared towards modern pagans and polytheists, and for a time had her own radio program: Wyrd Ways Radio Live. Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University (expected graduation 2019) with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. She has also been teaching University classes in Greek and Latin. As part of her academic career Ms. Krasskova has written a number of academic articles, and also presented at various academic conferences including Harvard University, Claremont University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Villanova University, and the City University of New York. An experienced diviner and ordeal master, her primary interest is in devotional work and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her very first book, The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on shamanism, runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a peer-reviewed academic style journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. A passionate supporter of the arts Ms. Krasskova enjoys going to the opera, theater, and ballet. Her affection for the arts began early as she discovered dance, which she pursued professionally becoming a ballet dancer: first with a regional company in Maryland, then in New York City. After suffering career ending injuries, she would find new forms of expression in the visual arts. For a few years Ms. Krasskova co-owned an art gallery in the Hudson River Valley of New York, and over a course of numerous years she has studied a multitude of art mediums: glassblowing, watercolor, acrylic, photography and more! She is now an avid collage artist, acrylic painter and watercolorist and has even enjoyed placement in international artist-in-residencies programs in New York, New Mexico, and Poland. Her work has been exhibited globally from New York to Paris. She has taken her passion for the arts and polytheistic devotion, to create the Prayer Card Project. Since so much religious iconography has been destroyed, or defaced in the course of human history, she is actively making new religious prayers and iconography available to the various modern polytheistic communities to support those who are building their religious communities, building their devotional practices, and hungering for art that represents their religious faith. All while also supporting the artists within these burgeoning communities.

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  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 …”

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  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.

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  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).

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    • 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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