National Catholic Reporter approves
Stang, stang, Stang went the crozier.Ding, ding, ding went the bell. Oh, no no! Cried the traddies.We think our church is going to hell!
yeah, i think someone made a mistake in using that staff. i wonder if the gift giver knew what they were giving? he was given that stang as a gift. maybe now the pope knows what he is up against (but i think he already knew that)
Oh, please. First of all, there are no such things as witches. No one has the power to cast spells on you, turn you into a newt (I got better!"), or control your thinking.Second, a stang is a staff.Third, it's a forked stick. You used one when you made a slingshot and no one went hollerin' "WITCH! WITCH!"
Tell that to my Wiccan youth
In the United States, the American Religious Identification Survey has shown significant increases in the number of self-identified Wiccans, from 8,000 in 1990, to 134,000 in 2001, and 342,000 in 2008.Wiccans have also made up significant proportions of various groups within that country; for instance, Wicca is the largest non-Christian faith practised in the United States Air Force, with 1,434 airmen identifying themselves as such. Wikipedia. From personal experience I have known a lot of self proclaimed witches. As Catholics shrink, neopagans grow.
The stang, like most of Wicca, is only about 60 years old. It's not a Gardnerian thing at all (where most of the Craft I was involved in derived from) but came from Robert Cochrane (who had nothing good to say about Gerald Gardner). Stangs were obscure footnotes in the edgier Craft books when I was involved. Some young pagan (possibly one who thinks you can be Wiccan and Catholic) had a laugh punking the Pope.But a more serious question: is this an actual consecrated tool, or just a look-alike? Does a Pope, by virtue of his office, have the gift of discerning of spirits? Presumably he would need supernatural faith to have that gift. Did he detect what the thing was, and if not, why not? And if so, why was he using it?
The obvious question you're trying to avoid is, what business does a Roman Pontiff have carrying ANYTHING other than a Cross-Staff Crucifix at all? The answer, obviously, is that he has NO business at all carring anything other than the Cross-staff of Jesus Christ.
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