Australian Media on Paganism
Witches in Wagga worry clerics
25th Feb, 2000 - ABC Website
The Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Wagga Wagga has backed
up claims there are witches operating in the area.
Bishop William Brennan was responding to concern about a homily
by Father Luke Joseph this month where cathedral churchgoers
were warned against witches, aromatherapy and yoga.
He says the context of Father Luke's preaching was a gospel
about Jesus exorcising a woman possessed by the devil.
The priest denies saying there are witches covens in local Catholic
schools but did say there are some girls in our schools involved
in witchcraft. And the bishop says this probably arose from
the Satanic shop in Wagga Wagga, which is now closed.
"Part of the concern was that one of employees of that Satanic
shop was a girl at a Catholic school and that may have prompted
that comment if that comment was made," Bishop Brennan said.
"But I understand there are groups of witches around the place.
And certainly the number of books on witchcraft that you'll
find in bookshops these days is quite extraordinary," he said.