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Witch hired to teach at London Jesuit college

The British Jesuits' Heythrop College, part of the University of London, has appointed Vivianne Crowley, who describes herself as a Wiccan high priestess, as a visiting tutor.

Dr Crowley, once described by a women's magazine as "the nicest witch you could ever meet", will lecture throughout the Lenten term on the psychology of religion.

Wicca, from the old English word for witch, is defined as the practice or cult of witchcraft, a form of paganism. It is now regarded as part of the New Age movement.

The Principal of Heythrop College, Fr John McDade SJ, said on Wednesday that Dr Crowley would not be promoting witchcraft.

"She is not a member of the theology faculty at Heythrop College," he said. "She has been assisting us with some teaching in two areas of psychology of religion. She does not teach any other areas of study at Heythrop."

Fr McDade said Dr Crowley was until last year teaching at King's College.

Heythrop College

Daily Telegraph (London)

9 Aug 2002