European pagans have left their influence on Catholicism beginning with the Greek written New Testament with it’s concept of Logos to define Jesus in the Gospel of John.
So far as I can tell Jesus used a lot of parables familiar to the ethnic Semitic people He was around and did not use Greek style logic like St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas to elucidate on His teachings. Contemporary Protestant and Catholic systematic theology does not appear to me to be much akin to stylized, narrative, theology of the Bible, either Old or New Testaments.
Protestants and atheists have long criticized the Catholic Church for (some more racist Protestants for the Church being so multiracial) for its adoption of various pagan traditions. Like the Christmas tree.
Essentially, the criticism often is a protest about the Catholic Church exhibiting the property of emergence. A concept in science which basically means something larger or more sophisticated which has origins from something smaller or less complex. The human body exhibits this as well as all life on earth from its genesis. Cities exhibit this as well. Neither New York or London are exactly the same as they were at the time of their birth.
No, Amerindian customs are not wrong so long as they have been Christianized and do not contradict basic Catholic beliefs. Dancing is prescribed in the Bible anyways… hence the Ethiopian Orthodox dances. But the dances are supposed to be coordinated as opposed to everyone doing their own thing as found in some Protestant Churches.
My brother spent sometime in Mexico for a commercial project over coffee beans he was hired to do. He stayed among the Mayan Indians and spent one night in a Mayan family’s home. He was greatly wowed by them. They are dirt poor (their homes literally have dirt floors) but happy people. According to him they are more happy than we Milwaukeans are and we live like kings compared to them. He also said they will pray for 30 minutes before they eat their dinner. He said they are supposedly the most Catholic people of Mexico and by far more Catholic than we Catholic Americans (United Statesians).
So, a year or so ago I tried finding some info on them online. I remember I came across a site explaining their Mayan clothing and colors have been integrated into their daily liturgical lives. I found that interesting.
Benjamin, you might read up on some of Jesuit history. They were ahead of their time. Read up on how they dressed in China. Read up on their missions in Latin America and even in Oregon Country (Northwest or so of the U.S. before it became part of the U.S.). Very admirable men and organization. Had not jealous orders like the Franciscans complained to Rome on them China might be Catholic now.
By the way… one particularly wicked Franciscan (he set a Pueblo Indian on fire - no trial or anything, just pure extrajudicial just, or what we term “lynching” in the U.S.) basically ruined the whole Franciscan mission among the peaceful Pueblo Indians (and not all North American Indians nations were peaceful, the Apache and Comanche for instance were savages in their violence). But the Franciscan mission as a whole among the Peublos was Eurocentric and arguably racist.
The Jesuit missionaries were all that the United States credits itself for in terms of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity centuries before the United States.