Can We Wear Native American Symbols?

LR writes: “A First Nation person told me that, although a lot of native Christian people use native art (totem poles, dances to the spirit world, symbols of eagles, ravens, whales, wolf) etc., these are not of God, not sanctioned by God and should be avoided (and burned if you have them). She said these represent old pagan beliefs (God is all creation, when a raven speaks to you it is sharing of creation). Is there a problem wearing a sweater with a large eagle native form on the clothes, and such?”

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Can We Use Medicine Wheels in Church?

M&AH write: “Our parish priest is setting up a devotional shrine to St. Kateri Tekakwitha inside the parish. On the wall in the shrine of St. Kateri there is going to be a medicine wheel. The pastor says that the wheel is a symbol of unity among the Lakota people and is approved for use in Catholic ceremonies. To our understanding, the medicine wheel is a pagan symbol of which St. Kateri would have renounced upon being baptized Catholic. Could you please tell us if this is approved for use in Catholic ceremonies and if having this medicine wheel in a Catholic church is permitted?”

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Exploring the Pagan Roots of Drumming Circles

DH asks: “Have you investigated any information about drum circles that are “popping up” in Catholic Churches and at women religious retreats? We have some very devout people in our parish who are musicians and they have latched onto the idea that Christian praise and worship can occur within drum circles. They have organized a drum circle and the group alternates meetings between our Catholic Church and a local Protestant denomination. Our Youth Ministry members also participate now. The drum circle is advertised as “musical worship, family fun, includes the children , and, as an appealing way to praise God. . .

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The Kolbrin Bible: A New Age Tome Based on Tall Tales

CC asks:  “Can you do something to straighten out this New Age Kolbrin Bible (supposedly salvaged from an arson in 1184 from Glastonbury Abbey).  The 5 first set/books called the Bronzebooks & the last 5 books Coelbooks…..Related to this subject – while you’re at it – an explanation is needed about: Zecharin Sitchin; Irish/Celtic Ten Lost Tribes; Nirbiru!”

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