Catholic university launches pagan student club

Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible.

“Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the main tenants of the university,” said the group’s student president, Jill Kreider, in an email to The College Fix. “While the mission primarily focuses on the Abrahamic God, there is no reason a Pagan student (or a Hindu, Baha’i or Sikh student) cannot seek using his or her own faith, regardless of which god they are doing it for.”…

…The Loyola Student Pagan Alliance was granted official recognition by the university earlier this month by its Student Activities and Greek Affairs board.

However, shortly after the group’s approval, it changed its name and deleted a reference to the word “pagan” on its Facebook page, which is only accessible by Loyola University Chicago students. The alliance now calls itself the “Indigenous Faith Tradition Alliance.”

“Following the [Student Activities and Greek Affairs] approval, other leaders within student development expressed concerns related to the organization’s name, and the breadth and lack of definition of its constitution,” said campus spokesman Steve Christensen in an email to The College Fix.

Kreider said the name change can be traced to administrators.

“The name change was necessary because the term pagan does not sit well with the administration,” Kreider said in an email. “The club’s mission is still the same, and the religions and faith traditions which we practice are indeed pre-Christian, and indigenous to the region or society to which they belong.”…


they just allowed a club for heresy?!?!?!?!?

A “pagan student club?” What, don’t they already have fraternities and sororities?

Indigenous religions are not heretical; you have to be Catholic and then preach against the faith to be heretical.

This may be a lot about nothing. The university already has Hillel and Hindu clubs; which are also indigenous religions.

I tend to agree with the comment under the article that these are college kids who play too much Dungeons and Dragons and don’t have a clue what they are doing.

This is strange.

Haha. I also tend to agree. I remember years ago I met a girl who was a pagan. I was in my atheist phase and was asking her about it. She said it was better than other religions because you could pick the god(dess) you liked (:rolleyes:). That was pretty much all I needed to know.

That said, even if it’s the result of too many games, it is still someone seeking God (even if they are not aware of who they are seeking). It’s a step in the right direction. The early church was full of ex-pagans. Christianity has a lot to offer those who take the time to look and, as I see it, these kids are looking.

I doubt that many of the people in this club see their “paganism” as a serious religion. My guess is this is more about getting attention.

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