Australian Media on Paganism
Witches comments draw widespread reaction
6th March, 2000 - ABC Website
There has been widespread reaction locally and nationally to
comments about witches, aromatherapy and yoga by Catholic clergy
in Wagga Wagga.
Bishop William Brennan recently supported warnings issued in
a homily by Father Luke Joseph about witches operating in the
area and a need for caution with aromatherapy, yoga and the
The ABC's website and newspaper columns have been inundated
with responses, some supportive but mostly critical, with condemnation
of the claims about yoga and aromatherapy.
Meanwhile, the national coordinator of the Australian Pagan
Alliance, Shell Bardell, says she has received dozens of e-mails
on the comments about witches.
Ms Bardell says occasionally there are uprisings like this,
usually from fundamentalist Christians fearful of something
they know little about.
"The belief and I use the word belief, that witches and pagans
are evil and godless, is only because of an attitude - a hallowed
tradition in the church, handed down from hundreds and hundreds
of years and in more recent years taken over by the media,"
"I mean, it's totally based on misconceptions, prejudice, discrimination
- bigotry quite frankly."