Divine Word TV, Mangalore: Beware of Pentecostal preachers and New Age



 

FEBRUARY 2, 2013

 

Divine Word TV, Mangalore: Beware of Pentecostal preachers and New Age

On December 22, 2012, Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore inaugurated the Divine Word TV channel.

Mr. Walter Stephen Mendes, president of the Divine Word managing committee, chairman of the Western Institute of Technology is the initiator of the project.

 

Western Institute of Technology

https://www.facebook.com/Western.Institute/info
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Western Institute of Technology is an educational institution established to provide high quality training and consultancy services to individuals and organizations of all sizes within the private and public sector…

Physical Training and Martial arts

Yoga Science

 

Physical Training and Martial Arts
http://www.westerniot.com/prog_Physical_Training_Martial_Arts.html EXTRACT

1 Year Diploma and Degree Program of 2 and 3 Years as Martial Arts Trainer

 

Yoga Science
http://www.westerniot.com/prog_Yoga_Science.html
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1 Year Diploma and Degree Program of 2 and 3 Years as Yoga Teacher, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist, Counsellors, Yogic Healer

Introduction to Yoga & Yogic Practices

Foundation & Practices of Hatha Yoga

Foundation & Practices of Pathanjala’s [sic] Yoga

Advance Yoga Techniques – I

Advance Yoga Techniques – II

Advanced Yoga Therapy

 

Western Institute of Technology and Avishkar Yoga

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Teachers-Certificate-Higher-Course-%28TCH%29/news/
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Western Institute of Technology and Avishkar Yoga*, has launched a certificate course in yogic science. This course will facilitate trainees interested to pursue their career as yoga instructors, and includes traditional theory studies such as Pathanjali
[sic]
yoga sutra, hatha yoga, and school of yoga, and human biology. Practical includes asanas, pranayama, bandha, mudra, meditation and relaxation techniques.

 

*http://avishkaryoga.com/ EXTRACT

The therapy to our present day woes can be found through the ancient science of Yoga. This holistic ‘treatment’ methodology strives to achieve the equilibrium between the body, mind and soul…

Avishkar Yoga and Holistic Health Center is dedicated to the impartment of yoga, the inculcation of yoga into the everyday lives of the masses and to spread the word of yoga and its various life-altering benefits. In short, if anything has to do with Yoga- you will find it at Avishkar Yoga and Holistic Health Center. [Bejai, Mangalore-575004]

 

 

 

http://avishkaryoga.com/aboutus.html
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Avishkar Yoga and Holistic Health Center is the brain-child of Mr. Kushalappa G.N and is located amongst tranquil surroundings in Bejai, Mangalore, Karnataka. The center is a school of Yoga…

He is the proud founder of the Yoga Club active in St. Aloysius Evening College*. Mr. Kushalappa has also conducted yoga workshops for schools such as Morning Star English Medium School, Sharada Vidhyalaya and Sharada Ganapathi School- Mudipu etc… From 2007, Mr. Kushalappa worked as a Yoga therapist and coordinator with Integral Yoga Satsanga** (Reg.) and made the transition from being a yoga enthusiast to a professional yoga instructor.

*This means that Catholics are already involved in the yoga programmes

**Founded and run by V.L. Rego, see
YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE APRIL 2007/SEPTEMBER 2007

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/YOGA_IN_THE_DIOCESE_OF_MANGALORE.doc. Blessed by the then Bishop Basil D’Souza of Mangalore in 1986

 

http://karatebudokan.blogspot.in/2012/02/6th-western-national-karate.html
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Western Karate School International affiliated to Western Institute of Technology

 

The 5th Western National Open Karate Championship 2011
http://www.mangalorean.com/printarticle.php?arttype=localnews&newsid=221010
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A whopping 2050 participants representing 21 states participated in the event, and the participation was presided over by 60 referees or judges with representation from across India… All participants were privileged to receive free training from International Trainers i.e., from Tibet, China… The whole programme witnessed the presence of several important personalities namely Fr. Basil Vas, Alangar Parish priest who blessed the programme on the opening day…

 

http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newsid=221227&newstype=local
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Mangalore, Feb 8, 2011: The 5th Western National Open Karate Championship 2011 which began on 6th February 2011, in the bustling town of Moodbidri ended today… The Western Institute of Technology is now offering a 6 months Certificate course and 1 year Diploma and Degree in martial arts-Karate and Taekwondo from Indian University.

 

Photograph of Western Institute of Technology’s 6th National Open Karate Championship and Martial Arts programme, February 11 and 12, 2012:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.391695114191528.105348.248115455216162&type=1

 


 

From:
prabhu
To:
Aloysius Paul D’ Souza ; bishopaloysius@yahoo.com
Cc:
divinewordtv@gmail.com ; info@westerniot.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 PM

Subject: PENTECOSTAL PREACHER ON DIVINE WORD TV

Dear Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza,

I am one of the many Mangalore-connected Catholics, one of who is an Executive Secretary of a CBCI Commission, that received with great joy the good news that you launched the “Divine Word” TV channel in Mangalore for Mangalore and Udupi dioceses on December 22, 2012.

In your address, you said, “We were looking for a means to promote our religion*
and now we have this channel to spread the Word of God” .

I was under the impression, a wrong one I now believe, that this was to be an exclusive Catholic channel.

My wrong understanding was corrected when I read that “The main aim of the channel is to reach out to all Christians under one forum and to build a Christ-centered multicultural community with love, peace and justice,” and that “the new channel would act as a voice of all Christians” .

The same source quotes you as saying, “Divine Word will be especially meant for Christians“.

Mr. Walter Stephen Mendes, president of the Divine Word managing committee, chairman of the Western Institute of Technology and initiator of the project is reported as saying, “I am sure I can take this channel ahead with the help of religious heads and the Christian community“. 

Both above cited sources as well as http://www.kemmannu.com/index.php?action=topstory&type=3546
and

http://www.divineword.in/textnewsdetails.asp?ID=35 did say that it was “the first Catholic Religious 24×7 channel … of Mangalore and Udupi diocese”.

 

 

In retrospect, I noted that in none of the above news stories was there any assurance that this channel, though initiated by Catholics, was to be exclusively Catholic.

In pursuance of the stated intention to reach “all Christians“, it is therefore no surprise that Protestant programmes have commenced being aired on Divine Word TV. It has been informed to me that a programme by Fr. SJ Berchmans was telecast.

“Fr.” SJ Berchmans is a Tamil Catholic priest who still uses the prefix “Fr.” to his name even though he left the Catholic Church in 1983, nine years after his sacerdotal ordination. He is a Pentecostal pastor and
founder of Jebathottam [Prayer Garden] Ministries.

In my December 2006 report, ARMY OF JESUS PENTECOSTALS MASQUERADE AS CATHOLIC NUNS http://ephesians-511.net/docs/ARMY_OF_JESUS_PENTECOSTALS_MASQUERADE_AS_CATHOLIC_NUNS.doc, I have documented that he works with

“The Army of Jesus”, a group of ex-nuns.

I wrote, “A
group of nuns of the Order of St. Anne of Trichy led by Sr. Angelica have left the Church, guided by private revelations reportedly received by her from God. Still wearing the religious habit, they masquerade as nuns who have discovered that a literal interpretation of the Bible holds the answers to the Church’s apparent shortfalls and errors. They have established centres in several places in Tamil Nadu where they conduct regular courses during which they attempt to convince attendees that to be ‘saved’ they need to ‘come out’ of the Catholic Church, abjure all its teachings and practices, and be subjected to a second baptism by immersion by which they are inducted into their movement called The Army of Jesus.

I am informed that other Protestant programs have also been broadcast on the channel.

*Our religion“, our Faith, is Catholicism!

Already, there are thousands of Mangalorean Catholics who have become Pentecostal. There are already in operation among Mangalorean Catholics a few ministries pretending to be Catholic while being in reality Protestant**.  Do we want more of our Mangalorean Catholics to be channelled out of the Church by feeding them with Protestant/Pentecostal indoctrination on Divine Word TV under the auspices of the Catholic Church? Is the Managing Committee of Divine Word TV sufficiently catechised to be able to correctly discern what programmes should and should not be aired? Or is Divine Word TV an ecumenical channel which considers all Christian sects as the same and that it does not matter which denomination one belongs to?

With such a start, I am now very apprehensive about when Hinduism in the guise of inculturation, art and culture will surface in entertainment and liturgical programmes on Divine Word TV.

Your Grace, I look forward to your reassurance that Catholic-baiters like “Fr.” SJ Berchmans, who have their own plentiful resources to proselytize for their denominations, will be eliminated from being aired on your Divine Word TV.  

Yours obediently,

Michael Prabhu

Catholic apologist 

**BRO. ANDREW RICHARD, GRACE MINISTRIES, MANGALORE-CATHOLIC OR PROTESTANT?

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/BRO_ANDREW_RICHARD_GRACE_MINISTRIES_MANGALORE-CATHOLIC_OR_PROTESTANT.doc

From:
Bishop of Manglore
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:16 AM

Subject: Re: PENTECOSTAL PREACHER ON DIVINE WORD TV

Dear Mr Michael Prabhu,

I am in receipt of your letter of 23rd Jan 13 regarding the Divine Word T.V. Channel. I wish to thank you for your observations, remarks and suggestions in it. They will help to go the right way.

Being a new Channel, a lot of improvement will be needed. We will pay attention. Again I wish to thank you for your suggestion. I am happy that you are interested in this channel.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’ Souza

Bishop of Mangalore

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Aloysius Paul D’ Souza
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2013 8:59 PM

Subject: POTENTIAL FOR MARTIAL ARTS AND YOGA ON DIVINE WORD TV

Dear Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza,

I thank you for your kind response and the reassurance given.

After writing to you on January 23, I had discovered that Mr. Walter Stephen Mendes, president of the Divine Word managing committee, and his Western Institute of Technology vigorously promote the Martial Arts* as well as Yoga both of which are New Age through college academic courses and public events.

Please see the information copied below this letter.

That Yoga is New Age is stated not only in the Vatican Document of 1989 from the CDF and in the 2003 Document on the New Age movement but also in the Youth Catechism, YouCat, #355 and #356**.

The Martial Arts and Yoga programmes of the Western Institute of Technology have already impacted Catholics individually as well as institutionally.

 

Now, Catholics must be even more seriously concerned as to how long it is before Divine Word TV, a supposedly Catholic channel, starts airing programmes on the Martial Arts and Yoga. In my opinion, it is better that the Church of Mangalore and Udupi disassociates itself from this channel instead of eventually becoming complicit in the promotion of New Age and other spiritual errors among Catholics.

Yours obediently,

Michael Prabhu

Separate copy to Mr. Walter Stephen Mendes, president, Divine Word managing committee/Western Institute of Technology, divinewordtv@gmail.com; info@westerniot.com; westernmlr@gmail.com; info@westernicc.org; without the Bishop’s letter of January 24.

From:
prabhu
To:
divinewordtv@gmail.com; info@westerniot.com; westernmlr@gmail.com; info@westernicc.org

Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2013 8:59 PM Subject: POTENTIAL FOR MARTIAL ARTS AND YOGA ON DIVINE WORD TV…

*MARTIAL ARTS
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/MARTIAL_ARTS.doc

MARTIAL ARTS-SUMMARY http://ephesians-511.net/docs/MARTIAL_ARTS-SUMMARY.doc

**YOGA-WHAT DOES THE CATHOLIC CATECHISM SAY ABOUT IT

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/YOGA-WHAT_DOES_THE_CATHOLIC_CATECHISM_SAY_ABOUT_IT.doc

YOGA-WHAT DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SAY ABOUT IT?

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/YOGA-WHAT_DOES_THE_CATHOLIC_CHURCH_SAY_ABOUT_IT.doc
and many, many more

 

Also see TESTIMONY OF A FORMER HOLISTIC HEALTH HEALER

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/TESTIMONY_OF_A_FORMER_HOLISTIC_HEALTH_HEALER.doc

REIKI AND HOLISTIC HEALING

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/REIKI_AND_HOLISTIC_HEALING.doc

 

From the Vatican Document on the New Age Movement [NAM]
JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE, February 3, 2003:

The New Age and the Human Person: Holistic Health

The real danger is the holistic paradigm. New Age is based on totalitarian
unity and that is why it is a danger.”

(#4, notes cf. 71)

“The cosmos is seen as an organic whole. It is animated by an energy
which is also identified as the divine Soul or Spirit.” (#2.3.3)

Referring to the New Age fascination with ‘wholeness’ as “a magical mystery tour” and “one of the central concerns of the NAM” (#2.2.4),
the document states that “Alternative Therapies have gained enormously in popularity because they claim to look at the whole person”
which “formal
(allopathic)
medicine
… fails
to
look
at.” (#2.2.3)

“Holism
pervades the NAM from its concern with Holistic
Health
to its quest for unitive
consciousness
and from ecological awareness to the idea of global
‘networking’.”
(#2.2.4)

Among the New Age influences treated to a greater or lesser extent in the document and about which we are alerted, are
mantras, meditation and visualization techniques
and
yoga.

“The connection between the spiritual and physical aspects of a person is said
to
be
in
the
Indian

Chakra
System
” (#2.2.3).
That’s to do with
Hinduism
and
Yoga.

“The response from the New Age is unity through fusion … Yin and Yang is a New Age symbol, to do with complementarity of contraries” [#4.2, #7.1] says the Document which also deals in several places with the concept of universal life force energy
[chi, ki or prana] both of which are fundamental to the symbolism, philosophy and practice of Martial Arts.

A belief in the existence of the network of psychic energy centers called chakras along with energy conducting nadis or meridians in one’s energy body, and the notion of god as an all-pervasive universal life-force which may be manipulated for holistic (body, mind/soul, energy/spirit and inter-personal) healing as prana (Sanskrit, Hindu philosophy), and as chi, qi or ki (Chinese, Taoist / Japanese, Buddhist), is the cornerstone of Eastern meditations like Yoga, as well as most Alternative Medicines and also the Martial Arts, and the basis for explaining the phenomena and power experienced by therapists, patients and martial artistes.

In the section titled
‘Health: Golden Living’, one out of three paragraphs deals with the Hindu doctrine of reincarnation which is an essential ingredient of the holistic health potpourri. An excerpt:

“Inasmuch as health includes a prolongation of life, New Age offers an Eastern formula in Western terms.” (#2.2.3)

The Document explains that for New Agers, “There is a need to experience the salvation hidden within themselves by mastering psycho-physical techniques which lead to … enlightenment … Psychology is used to explain mind expansion as ‘mystical’ experiences. Yoga, Zen, T.M.



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