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.
IN HER FOOTSTEPSBy Sr. Kateri Mitchell, SSAKateri TekakwithaNoble Turtle, Mother EarthGathers Her PeopleEast, South, West and North
Mohawk Algonquin LilyFilled with loveGrateful womanwe honor you.
Sister Turtle Clanstrong, kind and truefaithful womanwe honor you.
Tekakwithahope filled dignityjoyful womanwe honor you.
Woodland Cross of Lifefasting and prayermystical womanwe honor you.
Precious Flowervirgin, fair and freeholy womanwe honor you.
Friend with compassionhelper and healerlover of peopleswe honor you.
Gift of Nationsgentle and forgivingloyal witnesswe thank you.
Our Sunshinevision, bright and keenopen, generouswe thank you.
Creator centeredcreation filledair, sky, waterwe thank you.
Celebrate our gatheringclans, tribes, nationsjustice, harmonywe thank you.
Family unitedBody, blood, lifeserving, sharingwe thank you.
In your sacred journeyBlessed Kateriwe honor youwe 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.
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.
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."
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:See where this is all going? By the way there are even Catholic priests who consider themselves MEDICINE MEN.
“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)
NOW YOU CAN BE BOTH MEDICINE MAN AND CATHOLIC PRIEST.....
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.
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.