Worshiping With Pagans
We as Catholics believe that only the Catholic Church holds the Truth. We believe this because Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father and Proceeding the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, said so. He started the Catholic Church upon St. Peter (cf Matthew 16:18). Jesus also said that He is the Truth, The Way and the Light. By saying this, He means that there is no other Truth, but him (cf John 14:6).
When we engage in worship, we are announcing that we believe in said worship, whether we realize it or not. We announce it by our presence, by our willful participation. If you walk in, sit down, stand up or whatever, you are participating. Unless you are forced to be there against your own free will, you yourself are willfully being present and participating.
If we are to receive an anointing, we are receiving more than just oil, ashes, or whatever substance the anointing is being done with, and general pleasantries. We are receiving prayers, words, creeds and beliefs that go behind the anointing.
If I was to tell you that I was going to lay my hand upon you and pray over you and send the spirits of my fallen ancestors upon you to strengthen you, would you allow me to do it? Probably not because you know what the prayers entail and know that it is false and pagan.
If I wasn’t to tell you that I was going to do all of that and just said “I’m going to lay my hands upon you as a sign of our friendship” (a lie) would you allow me to do it? This is where the confusion lays.
Unfortunately, today, in the Church, this is the confusion that we are faced with. Jesus did hang out with sinners and engage them in discussion, but he did not receive any blessings or engage in their worship.
It is indeed scandalous when a leader in the Church engages in worship with false religions. All of the leaders in our Church, whether they be a priest, bishop, cardinal or Pope, are a visual sign of Christ here on this Earth. They are his representatives as when they say the Mass or hear confessions, they become in persona Christi, or in the Person of Christ. They become Christ. As Jesus never engaged in worship with the false religions, it would be inappropriate for our prelates to engage in these worships. It gives the false impression that all religions are equal, when they are indeed not.
Our prelates should be spending the time, to instead building up relationships of community, to preaching the truths of the faith. Many saints were martyred for defending the Catholic faith to these same false creeds and for preaching the Truth. The Church canonized these same Saints for their actions. To me, it seems insulting to now spend time in false ecumenicism and giving the false impression that we are all in the same boat, worshiping the same God.