As a lover of Celtic culture, I have long been fascinated by elements of Pagan mythology and culture. Via Facebook, I have come into contact with many Pagans/Wiccans/Druids, and while I certainly maintain the truth of my own Catholic Faith, I have come to appreciate some elements of their spiritual tradition, just as I would appreciate elements in Buddhism or Islam. This is especially true in their poetry and music, which can sometimes be quite beautiful and express certain elements of truth.
While I disagree with Nature-worship, or Ancestor-worship, I still can understand and appreciate the poetic elements behind their beliefs, and the truth of the fact that nature is “charged with the grandeur of God” and, in that sense, is indeed magical. Also, we Catholic share a connectivity with our deceased ancestors – not through channeling them, certainly, but still our prayers for them make them continue to have a presence in our lives.
I suppose what I’m getting to is this: I have noticed that many Catholics tend to be much more wary of studying/appreciating elements of Druidism/Paganism/Wicca than towards studying/appreciating elements of other non-Christian religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism or what have you. While I am certainly not planning on engaging in Pagan rituals or anything of that sort (or any other non-Christian religious rituals for that matter!), I do enjoy learning about other religions and dialoguing with Pagans about their differing beliefs, and appreciating some of the things they have to share (i.e. artistry, music, respect for nature, spiritual words of wisdom, etc.). In turn, I share my own faith and beliefs with them, and many of them have been receptive and appreciative.
So my question is: Why is it that many Catholics are more hesitant to interacting with Pagans/Druids/Wiccans than other non-Christian religions, and is there anything wrong with appreciating the truthful aspects in these non-Catholic religions?