I recently received an email from the owner of a New Zealand website called Raven’s Quest for Celtic and Pagan Spirituality (www.ravenquest.net). Originally, this site described itself as “A journey through worlds of Celtic, Druidic, Pagan, Faerie, Native American lore,myth, legend and spiritual beliefs. Covering Tuatha de Dannan, Sidhe, Raven and Wolf, Dalriada, Glastonbury and Glastonbury Tor, Irish Faerie, Scottish Faerie,King Arthur, Avalon, the history of Wicca, modern Druidism, Divination, Bardic tradition and poetry.”
But now when you visit it, you get this message:
This Site No Longer Exists
A fairly accurate description (and an almost parallel journey, although mine took close on 30 years) of the reason for the removal of this site resides HERE, in words far better than I could craft. (I hasten to add that I have not become Catholic, although I now live and work as a Christian priest) It was far from an easy decision to make and a great deal of soul searching went on during the time I was training for the Christian Priesthood. In the end, and with not a little regret, the decision was made.
The website still exists elsewhere and one day I may restore and add to it… detailing the continuation of my journey from a full-blown Pagan to a Christian priest who has not thrown away Pagan principles (although my beliefs have somewhat changed) but has found that they are NOT incompatible with what I consider to be the basis of the true Christian belief system. Indeed, I have found, to my delight, that they can enhance one another most beautifully.
I would like to thank all those who have supported and encouraged us with this site over the years. I’m unhappily aware that some who have supported the endeavour of this site will turn against me and excoriate me… I could do no other.
So now I’ve got Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant Massacree going through my head… if one person sings it, they’ll think he’s crazy, and if two sing it, they just think they’re gay… but if three sing it, they’ll think it’s an organization, and if fifty sing it, then friends, they may think it’s a movement!!!
So I don’t know if we’ve got a movement of Celtic Pagans with alarming Christian tendencies (or was that Celtic Christians with alarming Pagan tendencies? I get those two confused), at least not yet. But I just can’t shake that song going through my head…