By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A group of witches who reserved a hall owned by the British Diocese of Shrewsbury for their “Annual Witches Ball” are accusing the Church of discrimination for refusing them access to the building.
According to a report by London’s Telegraph, Sandra Davis, the “High Priestess” of the Crystal Cauldron, a pagan “church,” reserved Our Lady’s Social Club for the event. But when she called to make payment arrangements, she was told the event could not be held there because witches are “not compatible with the Catholic ethos,” the Diocese said.
“I’m appalled,” said Davis, 61. My congregation is shocked that in this day and age there can be such religious discrimination. We’re normal people who follow an earth-based religion and want to enjoy ourselves. We thought we were bridging the gap with other religions but misconceptions still exist, like we sacrifice animals. Does the church check everyone’s beliefs before allowing them in the club?
“Now we need another venue for at least 100 people with a stage for entertainment,” Davis said about the event, which was planned for October. ”At this point that’s going to be very difficult.”
But the Reverend John Joyce, from the Diocese of Shrewsbury, said there was no way the event could go ahead.
“Parish centers under our auspices let their premises on the understanding users and their organizations are compatible with the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church,” he said. “In this instance, we aren’t satisfied such requirements are met.”
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