The atheist side of me cringes.
The I-don’t-teach-English-but-I-still-know-how-to-spell side of me cringes even more.
From the Catholic Answers Forum:
I am a little confused about exactly what to do. My brother is an open wiken. He’s a litteral witch. anyhow they worship trees. they go out into the woods and do around a tree something close to what evangeliscals do before an alter. dancing and jumping and such.
here is the question my brother sent me a wreath the kind made a garland that you hang on your doors for christmas. this one he made out of an old tree that we use to have lying around the house. the chances of it being blessed at some wicken rite are pretty good. It however is seen as a emotional gesture by the family. he found a photo of us all around it. it was our christmas tree for 8 years or so. what do I do with that? Is it enough to have it blessed by a priest. does anyone know anything about this sort of thing. would it be a sin to hang it up? help
Let me paraphrase for the literate people out there.
Her Wiccan brother gave her a wreath. She wants to know if it’s a sin to hang it up.
MerryAtheist summarizes the responses on the forum:
The antidote, according to other Catholic posters, is to have the foul pagan cooties eradicated with priestly holy water and magic words. According to them, Catholic magic trumps Wiccan magic.
It is also scary how many commenters agree that her brother has indeed gone over to the dark side.