As far as I see the Catholic church is allowing aboriginal smoking ceremonies into their church IN ORDER to ward off evil spirits - that' the purpose of these ceremonies.The whole picture is that your objection makes no sense at all because according to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 24301 Greater Mack Avenue, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA 48040 tel # 586-773-9750, Orthodox use incense to signify prayer lifted up to God and to drive off the influence of demons. So I am not buying any attempt by an Orthodox Christian to condemn Catholics or any other religious group for doing the same.
They are not just merely burning incense.
Instead of dealing with this example there's been a raft of attempts at tu quoque argument (which is a logical fallacy).
Please tell me what 'whole picture' you're talking about.
See: My Orthodox Notebook: Question of offering incense in the home:
“Do we offer incense at home as well as in Church?
YES! It is important to realize that not only do we offer incense in Church, but we also offer incense in our homes, to sanctify our homes and daily activities, to lift up our minds to God, to calm family members when they are upset by problems and disagreements, and to drive off the influence of demons. “
So your argument is that Catholics are justified in doing one thing because Orthodox are doing something you think is similar? Is that correct - you're continuing with tu quoque
Your argument further rests on trying to draw a parallel I don't see :
Orthodox Christians using smoke in a Christian setting with no direct correlation to any pagan ceremony with Catholic Christians importing a pagan ceremony - performed by 'medicine men' into a church to chase bad spirits. The Aborigines doing these ceremonies aren't necessarily Catholic, and are garbed in their traditional sacred paint.
I think that covers it.
For people interested in this; the Catholic church also offers a "welcome to country" acknowledgement in some places.
The "welcome to country" acknowledges the Aboriginal people as the 'traditional' owners of the land and as the sacred custodians of it.
One such welcome to country is worded:
"I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the ______ people, and call on the Spirit Ancestors to walk with us today as we share and learn together."http://www.jim.org.au/faq/
What some are trying to confuse are two DIFFERENT things. Note I am not criticising the Catholic Church for the burning of incense. It's a different matter.
Here's one site trying to show the 'similarities' between Aboriginal and Catholic ceremonyhttp://geckos.ceo.wa.edu.au/geckos/pdfs/symbols.pdf
Note they are similar; not the same.
Catholics importing a similar (but pagan) ceremony in is NOT the same as the burning of incense