Saturday, February 25, 2012

Roman Catholicism's Blending With Native American Religions

Some years ago I explored Rome's involvement with native American religions and other indigenous religions around the world. This article will explore the mixture of American "Indian" religious beliefs with Catholicism. Always keep in mind, when I tell you Mystery Babylon matches, mixes and blends, this is across the board. The people who are of these religions can come to Jesus Christ and be born again same as anyone else but sadly Rome keeps them in their false spirituality incorporating what they call "INCULTURATION"

Think about how today and especially in the 80s and 90s, many New Age oriented people got involved in shamanism [shaman is another name for a medicine man], dream catchers, sweat lodges and borrowed from Native American religions and traditions.

Inculturation is when the religious and other traditions of a another culture are mixed in and adhered to. As this post progresses, you will see more of what this means.

One of the latests Catholic events is this...

"Kateri Tekakwitha to become first Native American saint"
"Kateri Tekakwitha – whose smallpox scars are said to have healed on her deathbed – is to become the first Native American saint on Oct. 21, Pope Benedict XVI said today.
After naming 22 cardinals, the pope announced the church would make seven new saints, including Tekakwitha and another American woman, Mother Marianne Cope, the Associated Press said.
Tekakwitha’s father was Mohawk and her mother Algonquin. She was born in 1656 in upstate New York, but lost her parents and younger brother four years later during a smallpox outbreak. She survived with damaged eyesight and scarring.
After the French army burned her village down when she was 10, Tekakwitha moved north to a mission along the St. Lawrence River in what’s now Quebec.
At St. Francois Xavier du Sault, she encountered a Mohawk community with about a dozen nuns and converted to Catholicism by age 20, the Montreal Gazette said.
She died at age 24, and her body is enshrined in a marble tomb in Kahnawake, Que.
It was upon her death that the two miracles necessary to become a saint are to have happened. Tekakwitha’s facial scars healed and those who attended her funeral are also said to have healed. After her death, she appeared to two different people."

That turtle with the tree growing out of it is based in her earlier religion. Here is a a poem on an archdiocese website celebrating Kateri Tekawitha. Notice the pagan "spirituality" within this poem.
By Sr. Kateri Mitchell, SSA
Kateri Tekakwitha
Noble Turtle, Mother Earth
Gathers Her People
East, South, West and North

Mohawk Algonquin Lily
Filled with love
Grateful woman
we honor you.

Sister Turtle Clan
strong, kind and true
faithful woman
we honor you.

hope filled dignity
joyful woman
we honor you.

Woodland Cross of Life
fasting and prayer
mystical woman
we honor you.

Precious Flower
virgin, fair and free
holy woman
we honor you.

Friend with compassion
helper and healer
lover of peoples
we honor you.

Gift of Nations
gentle and forgiving
loyal witness
we thank you.

Our Sunshine
vision, bright and keen
open, generous
we thank you.

Creator centered
creation filled
air, sky, water
we thank you.

Celebrate our gathering
clans, tribes, nations
justice, harmony
we thank you.

Family united
Body, blood, life
serving, sharing
we thank you.

In your sacred journey
Blessed Kateri
we honor you
we thank you.

With the Native Americans , the Catholic church definitely is focusing on the INCULTURATION program.  When growing up, my family knew a priest, both parents were very close to. I looked up his name, and saw that he was doing Masses for Indians that mixed together Catholic and Native American rituals. As I explored more, he just wasn't an eccentric or a more liberal priest, I realized this was happening in many more places.

The Catholic church has been focused on mixing and matching Native American religious traditions with the Catholic Mass. Many Indian traditions are included even the religious and spiritually based ones into Mass. Here an upset Catholic on a message boards questions this:
"Hello everyone. Still struggling with some things. I volunteer at an inner city church that helps feed, cloth and fellowship with homeless individuals (a.k.a. street people).

I live in Western Canada. Statistically, "Native American" or "First Nations" people make up a big portion - at least where I volunteer. The church is along "skid row" which coincidentally has numerous churches.

When an "inner city" person dies of "First Nation" heritage, the Catholic Church down the street always (as far as I am aware) handles the funeral service, regardless if they were members or not or [sic] attended.

One thing that bothers me is in the Mass a "First Nation's" ceremony is incorporated into the Mass. It is called a "sweet grass ceremony" (or something like that - if someone knows for sure, please correct me). It involves the burning of some sort of grass and is intended to create smoke or something. This has roots in their heritage (rain dancing, etc. to the gods)

Can anyone explain this, and if it bothers anyone? I am confused over the whole thing and find it kind of creepy - and I mean that with all Charity. Do Masses throughout the world incorporate heritage type things? (I had heard in Bahamas or Barbados that allot of "voodoo" stuff happens but I am sure these are blatant misrepresentations).

Thanks to all those who respond."

This Catholic may not realize it, but even the last Pope has been "smudged". This was by a Zapotec Indian not in North America, but obviously the same idea is here. This is basically a pagan ceremony that brings in spirits.

This is not just a neutral tradition based on atmosphere, or cultural music or art,  but used to call out spirits:
The beginning of the ceremony is a time of prayer and contemplation. Walk Sacred explains, "The medicine man begins by setting up an alter. Usually, the alter has some type of antler to hold his pipe. Then he sends up sacred herbs in the four directions. There are four sacred herbs in the Native culture. One is sage, which purifies a room of negative energies. Another is sweet grass. A medicine man told me, This is what brings in the heavy guys. Sweet grass brings in big, powerful beings from the other side to heal you. The third is cedar. Cedar is for purification. It sets up an atmosphere for the spirits to work. Its a sweetness they like and its attractive to the energies of the invisible world. The fourth is tobacco, which has always been sacred to Native culture. It is used in ceremonies of smoking the pipe. It is used to bless the earth. Whenever we harvest herbs or cut barks off of trees, we always offer tobacco to the four directions and to the sky father and earth mother. And we plant tobacco as an honoring of that plant, tree, or substance that is giving its life, or part of its life, to help our life."

It gets stranger when you realize there have been SWEET GRASS CEREMONIES done at Catholic Masses.

caption for this photo:"Jesuit priest wearing an Indian chief's headdress for the mass at the (Kateri) Tekakwitha Conference.

There is even a church in the USA, called the CONGREGATION OF THE GREAT SPIRIT. The bishop there, admitted to celebrating the solstice which caused a bit of controversy on some Trad Catholic message boards for a time

During my UU years, remember UUs explore all sorts of religions and paganism, native and tribal American pagan rites were incorporated into our services: spiral dances, solstice celebrations, prayers to the "Great Spirit", and even vision quests were set up at New Age centers. I know those things are adverse to Christianity, so I was familiar with what they mean by the 4 winds and the 4 directions stuff.

The 4 directions is part of native american spirituality. It appears in other religions too as well. In the UU, I heard UU ministers calling or praying to the 4 winds/directions. [see here too]
"A long time ago, the White Buffalo Calf Woman came to Earth and gave the Lakota people the four winds or directions.
When the Lakota people pray or do anything sacred, they see the world as having four directions. From these four directions come the four winds. Each direction has a special meaning and color associated with it. The cross symbolizes all directions."

 Two laypeople, Jerry Nieblaus and Kathy Sandoval performed the sacred Four Directions ceremony during the Mass. Carrying an abalone shell filled with burning white sage, Nieblas pointed to the four directions as Sandoval, wearing a willow bark skirt, fanned the smoke with red-tail hawk feathers and prayed. "We honor the creator, our homeland and ancestors and ask them to pray for us and to be with us on this day," said Nieblas."

Acjachemen Tribal Coordinator Jerry Nieblas leads the procession carrying the sacred sage in an abalone shell during a 2007 ceremony. The ceremony organized by Nieblas was intended to bring feuding tribal factions together

These type of ceremonies have been used with the Popes, with Pope John Paul II being blessed by an Eagle Feather. See video here.

Cardinal Arinze followed the same example receiving a shamanic blessing:

"Card. Francis Arinze, then President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, participated in an event at the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1989. On that occasion he celebrated a Mass. Before the Mass, he received a pagan ritual "blessing" from a shaman, who passed an eagle feather over his head invoking the protection of the Manitous (spirits that inhabited nature), above. Another shot of the same act is shown below first row."

What is saddest for these Native American people is, they will not be given the truth in Catholicism but told to adhere to their past pagan traditions and told to mix them together with what is just a veneer of "christianity". By the way this mix and matching blending occurs with just about every false religion in the world including animist ones. Rome does not just reach out to the native people of the Americas this way, but WORLDWIDE.  Instead of following God's Word which tells us to leave pagan and false ways behind, Rome does the exact opposite.

The Kateri Tekakwith Conference, named after this new saint shows these terrible deceptions.

The keynote speaker of the Conference was Francis Cardinal Arinze, the head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue at the Vatican. Cardinal Arinze, a native of Africa, cheered the spirits of North American Natives by his reflection on his own traditional native roots. He opened his address:

“One of the major objectives of the Tekakwitha Conference is attention to the religious and spiritual traditions and values of the Native American cultures, I wish to propose to you some reflections on the following points:

1) Importance of the cultural roots of a People.

2) Bringing the Gospel to a People in their culture.

3) Traditional Religions and the importance of pastoral attention to them.

4) Dialogue in the Church and study of local circumstances.

5) Some key doctrinal points.

6) Looking toward the future.

“The Creator has walked with you and your ancestors along the centuries. You are richly gifted in your traditions, history, customs, sacred ways and cultures. Your collective historical consciousness merits respect and credibility.

“Pope Paul VI emphasizes that culture and the Good News of Jesus Christ must meet: ‘Fidelity both to the message whose servants we are, and to the people to whom we must transmit it living and intact, is the central axis of evangelization.’”

“If in any particular area of the world there has not been adequate attention paid to the people’s culture in the work of evangelization, this is not due to lack of proper official directives from the Church, but due to failure to follow these instructions.” (11)
See where this is all going? By the way there are even Catholic priests who consider themselves MEDICINE MEN.


Pay attention to the man named in this article:

Catholic Indians : Pipe Prayers and Mass: 2 Rituals Blend
February 16, 1987|RUSSELL CHANDLER | Times Religion Writer
Medicine man John Hascall fanned the smoldering embers of sage leaves and sweet grass with a large eagle feather, sending the billowing white smoke toward the circle of Native American worshipers gathered Sunday for a pipe prayer ceremony.
"I pray that you will be strong . . . and come to understand our Indian ways," Hascall said in English after praying in the Ojibway language.
Laying gifts of cedar chips, spice and tobacco on an Indian blanket where he sat cross-legged, Hascall offered them to "Grandfather God" and prayed for the "coming of spring to Mother Earth."
Ojibway medicine man Hascall is also a Roman Catholic priest.
A few minutes after he passed a wood-and-stone prayer pipe among the 75 gathered at the parish school in Lincoln Heights, he celebrated Mass across the street in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
This could be a picture of him, found on a message board....but that is an odd picture if you think about it, Catholic priest garb mixed with Indian dress.

Take a look at this:

And if you take a look at this book written by a Jesuit, you can see Rome's sacramentalism is adopted as "magic" by the Native Americans as well.

The last line in yellow takes "fundamentalist" Christians on who may not be so happy with the mixing of religions here.

I know I repeat myself all the time about all mystery babylon religions overlapping but they truly do. Not only are their priests who consider themselves Indian Medicine men, I have seen this adapted with other religions with Catholic monks being involved with Hindu ashrams and more.

However what a travesty for the Native American people being misled by Rome!

For those who are Native Americans and reading this article, this is not meant to disparage who you are. God is no respecter of persons, All people can come to Jesus Christ:

Deu 26:19    And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

However there are things saved Christians must leave behind when they become born again. In my case, I had to leave many things including  the "traditions of my ancestors" leaving behind the Catholic church. I had to repent of and give up many things, in obedience to God. Many will use "cultural sensitivity" to blur the lines of what is truth. We can respect aspects of a culture but when it comes to spiritual matters, the first commandment makes it clear, the only Spirit we should be dealing with is The Holy Spirit. Calling on familiar spirits is forbidden multiple times in the Bible. This applies to all peoples worldwide and renders all shamanism and medicine "work" against God's will. 

Deu 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

Deu 18:12 For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

When I was UU, since that church incorporates endless rituals of different religions I witnessed many abominations, I had to repent of them and depart from them.

Sadly the Native American's here are not being given the true gospel via Rome because Rome does not have the gospel. There is a point where attention to cultural sensitivity becomes out and out universalism and a mixing and blending of false religions. Telling people to keep their false religious traditions, false spirits, rituals and more is a travesty, but that is how Roman Catholicism operates as the head of Mystery Babylon.


Anonymous said...

The RCC is not alone in this..... the DAUGHTERS OF THE WHORE are also teaching NATIVE/WICCAN/EASTERN MYSTICISM with Christianity.

Larry Salway has been working with the Lakota for many many years in South Dakota but of course is not all he seems.
I know of him through my friend at work who was his first wife whom, she says, horribly abused her and finally took off with another woman... WHILE A "WELL RESPECTED MINISTER"!
My friend said he did not support her or the children or even contact them for a number of years.
The times when his son and daughter did come around he'd tell folk they were nieces and nephews by his brother. (Thus the name Salway.)

When the kids were almost grown my friend contacted the overseers of the organization and threatened to out him to the College he was a big shot at if he didn't pay child support
The overseers protested that Larry had never been married before.... but THEY got a check off to my friend within a few days.
She got child support for a little while after that.

Christmas 2011 Larry showed up out of the blue to play the bigshot at one of the kid's home and did admit he'd made a few mistakes.... my friend is dying of cancer now.
How big of him.

Anonymous said...

Of course the voodoo practiced in Louisiana is not simply Black African native religion.
Almost always it is Carribean born Santaria which is a hybrid of Roman Catholicism and Black African Native religion.

I had a friend I witnessed to who got saved over 20 years ago.
Soon after she got saved Madelyn told me that she finally knew what her mother mean't.
Madelyn came from Cuba in 1966 and her mother was a Santaria high priestess of sort.
Said they had feasts every month, at her childhood home in Florida... probably a moon phase thing.
Many Santaria and others came but Madelyn was always locked outside, yet her siblings were inside eating and laughing with the others while she cried outside the locked door!
Madeline's mother would tell her that, "You cannot come in because YOU ARE OF ANOTHER SPIRIT."

When I met Madelyn she was Catholic.
She said when she became born again she finally knew what her mother mean't.

Bible Believer said...

I agree the daughters are doing the same thing and practicing "inculturation" as well follow the harlot mother's example. I probably could have including many Native American religions mixed with various other churches services. Thanks for providing the links.

Yes there are pagan-hybrid Catholic religions where the two religions are blended, Santeria,Columbre, and more. Many in voodoo even attend Mass. Praise God your friend Madelyn came out of all that. Yes if her mother was high up enough, she would know via the demonic influences. That is sad, they would lock her even outside. Well Jesus said, the truth would divide families. Yeah she had to know what the mother meant. I had some of the same treatment, but from different direction, forbidden to associate with born again Christians, called a "heathen", they knew I was questioning the status quo. That is great too that you witnessed to her.

Anonymous said...

what about the Nemenhah medicine men and women?

Bible Believer said...

What about them?

When I was UU, I was familiar with what was then called the shamanistic movement, where medicine men were lauded via the overlapping New Age movement.

I used to read shamanist writings in the UU.

It's all divination and calling up demons.


Do the demons sometimes 'heal' to fool people?

Sure they do.

The devil can lure people in telling them of "special experiences", "healings' "journey's.....

Exodus 7:11, "Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments."

dancingmommio said...

In regard to Kateri Tekawitha, it makes sense that the Church honors her heritage, as it is intrinsic to the honoring of her as a saint. In Catholicism, praying for the intercession of saints (who can include one's ancestors) is similar to asking a friend or relative to pray for you. The saints are alive in heaven, as the Bible tells us. The things you have quoted regarding the "blending" of religions were quite beautiful, and I enjoyed reading them. There was a time when Christians came in and slaughtered innocent native peoples, which obviously taught them nothing of God's love. An approach that values the native cultures and traditions is a wonderful approach to converting those people's to Christianity, allowing them to still keep a connection to their heritage. However, Catholicism is the original, and the oldest, Christian denomination, tracing its lineage straight back to the apostles. To say it is pagan is to misunderstand the teachings and history of the Church.

dancingmommio said...

In regard to Kateri Tekawitha, it makes sense that the Church honors her heritage, as it is intrinsic to the honoring of her as a saint. In Catholicism, praying for the intercession of saints (who can include one's ancestors) is similar to asking a friend or relative to pray for you. The saints are alive in heaven, as the Bible tells us. The things you have quoted regarding the "blending" of religions were quite beautiful, and I enjoyed reading them. There was a time when Christians came in and slaughtered innocent native peoples, which obviously taught them nothing of God's love. An approach that values the native cultures and traditions is a wonderful approach to converting those people's to Christianity, allowing them to still keep a connection to their heritage. However, Catholicism is the original, and the oldest, Christian denomination, tracing its lineage straight back to the apostles. To say it is pagan is to misunderstand the teachings and history of the Church.

Bible Believer said...

I am sorry to see that you think the blending of religions is okay.

I believe that all religions led to the same place when I was UU, this is one of Satan's worse lies and one that is perpetuated by Rome.

I do not think anyone should be killed for beliefs, what was done to the Native people was WRONG but this does not mean they were in a false religion of their own. How much do you know about Native American "spirituality"?

Their medicine men commune with spirits on purpose.

The keeping of false traditions and true biblical Christianity does NOT MIX.

HandmaidenofYehowah said...

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Nick said...

You guys have some research to do. I am of American Indian descend, and know what we call ourselves. We worship God, and honor all around us, all living things. We are all related. Maybe some of you are unaware of what the Catholic Church has done to our people in the past, and even in the present as seen here. These ceremonies brought in are most likely distorted in one way or another, since Catholicism in itself is a mixture of pagan/God;s concepts. That is not to say that all Catholics are bad, or not good. It is just meaning that many, and not just in the Catholic church mind you, listen to what a man in a pulpit says instead of looking in the word for themselves. Not only that, but we were killed for holding on to our traditions and ways. They are not from the "devil." That is a stereotype that was actually invented by the Catholic church, if you look into history. You are doing their job for them. God is love. That is what we as native's hold. We are bringing people closer to Christ. I dont see many "Christians" doing the same. Instead, they build 10,000 square foot churches over the ruins of animal and tress lives, and claim to be protecting God's earth. You have to live by example. Just to let you know, our ways are from God. I agree that Catholicism should stay out of our customs. They do not intertwine. They contradict. Its all about popularity, not about God anymore. I am a Seventh Day Adventist Native Traditionalist, and I know the truth about what God has planned for my people. I pray he works on your hearts as well for understanding and clarity on this matter. Love and respect~