JANUARY 31, 2013
“Soul Ties” and ëthos Institute
This inquiry was undertaken at the requests of a national leader of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal from the archdiocese of Bombay and a diocese-approved lay ministry in Goa.
A report from this ministry in the form of a letter to Fr. Faustine Lobo, Bangalore, made on request
Subject: THE APPARENT MISUSE OF YOUR NAME AND THE NAME OF THE VATICAN BY LAY MINISTRIES ACTIVE IN BANGALORE
Fr. A. Sagayanathan, parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church, Bangalore, email@example.com
the Mumbai and Goa parties.
FR. FAUSTINE LOBO,
Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)
10, Ulsoor Road,
BANGALORE 560 042
November 8, 2012
Dear Father Faustine Lobo,
I greatly appreciate your having kindly consented to agree to meet with me at your office on the evening of November 5 against the appointment* originally granted to my colleague Mr. Francis Lobo of Bangalore who was held up with office work. I have briefed him in a general way on our conversation. *See page 12 of this report for the correspondence
I also thank you for granting me your precious time to listen to what we desired to share with you, and much more. […]
You had requested me to give you a letter on what I brought to your attention, and I hope that the following will suffice.
It is a long and complicated matter and I will make an effort to connect all the different threads together.
A. There is a Bangalore-based ministry called “MoreLove” founded and operated by one Dr. Dominic F. Dixon who signs as a “psychologist”. He is the author of “The Beautiful Christian Mind-Deliverance from Mental Illness“*, Asian Trading, 2006 and “Living for the Audience of One”, More Love, 2008. *Please see the information at the end of the letter, page 8
The reason Mr. Francis Lobo approached you for an appointment is against some of his findings resulting from his inquiries after we were requested on August 16 by a very senior Church-approved person in lay ministry from another archdiocese [Bombay] to check out the “Soul Ties” program that Dr. Dixon advertised for in conjunction with a “Theology of the Body” program organized by him at St. Patrick’s Church mini hall, Brigade Road, Bangalore.
The information in the form of a “Veritas TV” flyer [329 KB, attached to this email] was received by that leader in an email, From:
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012, Subject: Theology of the Body.
The referred leader forwarded the MoreLove email to us.
The referred leader wrote to us, “Trying to find out what this ‘soul ties’ is all about. It does not have anything in common with Theology of the Body. Can you trace this? Is it dangerous?“
On October 5, I received an email from a reputed lay Catholic ministry in yet another archdiocese [Goa], part of which read, “The session Soul Ties is happening next Sunday 7 Oct and it is being presented by Br. Vasudevan. I don’t think he is a catholic, but the main resource Dominic said that he is good. So waiting to hear him next sunday. The next sunday’s session is open to all, so we have been told that we can invite our friends for this session.” The above quote is from a letter that they received from Bangalore from a Catholic lay person who is a participant of the course.
I could find no Catholic teaching on “Soul Ties” on the Internet. Whatever I located is Protestant. See for example http://www.jonasclark.com/spiritual-warfare-prayer/sex-soul-ties-jezebel-seducing-spirit.html.
In fact, with some of them like http://shyjumathew.com/blog/2010/03/17/dangers-of-soul-ties/, the “theology” is questionable, and some such as http://www.christian-restoration.com/soul%20ties.htm are anti-Catholic.
If you so desire, I can provide you with some more links.
B. According to the flyer published on the Internet, http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg, and sent to us by the referred lay leader, the “School” commenced September 2nd and was to have ended October 28, “every Sunday 4 pm to 6 pm”.
Mr. Francis Lobo attended the Soul Ties session on October 7, and I did so along with him for the TOB session on November 4. The latter’s talks were based on Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” [TOB] and an interactive workbook by the eminent Christopher West was used. From the Catholic perspective, we found no problem with the contents of the course or the talks. In fact, Dr. Dixon decried the many aberrations and abuses [both inculturational and liturgical] resulting from personal interpretations of some Vatican II documents, and we commend him for that because there are few lay people — if at all there are any — who have the moral courage to speak out in such a forthright manner against such errors.
From our enquiries and letters received by email, we learnt that there was [so far at least] only one session [October 7] on Soul Ties and the speaker was one Rev. K. Vasudevan, a Protestant pastor [Methodist] belonging to the Bangalore Bible Fellowship http://bangalorebiblefellowship.in/pp1.html, http://vimeo.com/42762603, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The flyer introduced pastor Vasudevan, without naming him or indicating that the speaker would be Protestant, thus: “There will be a special session on SOUL TIES by an international and renowned authority on the subject.“
Again, the following is the text of an email received by me from Mr. Francis Lobo on October 9:
“I went to Soul Ties program conducted by Dominic Dixon at St. Patricks Church Bangalore on 7th October 2012. He called a protestant Pastor as a guest speaker to have deep understanding on Soul Ties. The protestant pastor’s name is Rev. K Vasudevan. I do not know who gave the permission to Dominic Dixon to invite a Pastor to the Catholic Church. Since Vasudevan grew up in a Protestant background and graduated in theology from a Protestant seminary, he will promote anti-Catholic doctrine during his speech when it comes to Salvation, Confession etc. Soul Ties is familiar around the Protestant circle. I feel with influence of protestant pastors Dominic Dixon introduced Soul Ties to the Catholic Church. Also he invited protestant pastors to the Catholic Church. During his talks Rev. Vasudevan introduced 3 protestant ministries. Out of them I remember only two. 1) Jim B. Richards 2) Wellspring Ministries. Even he also distributed the pamphlets of Wellspring Ministries [457 KB, sample attached to this email]. There are many Catholics poisoned by Protestant teaching. Even Dominic Dixon’s website http://veritastv.net/powerofwords.html too promotes Protestant faith based approach to the word or positive thinking. It is very sad. Can you please look into this matter? “
Several questions arise, including:
1. What is this Protestant “Soul Ties” program doing in the middle of a Catholic TOB study? Is there any relationship between the two? Or, having obtained the permission to use a Catholic venue, was it an opportunity for Dr. Dixon to exchange favours with Protestant ministries with which he appears to be excessively familiar?
2. Why are Catholic ministries inviting Protestant pastors to give us teachings which have not been priorly submitted to the concerned Catholic authorities for approval?
3. Is Fr. A. Sagayanathan, the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church, aware that pastor Vasudevan has been teaching at Dr. Dixon’s classes?
The answer is “No”. I talked to Fr. Sagayanathan yesterday afternoon on the telephone. He informs me that he is completely unaware that pastor Vasudevan has taught at the St. Patrick’s Church mini hall.
[On an aside, I may mention that there is a report on my web site on New Age being promoted by the asst. parish priest Fr. Adrian Mascarenhas at the same place:
FR ADRIAN MASCARENHAS-YOGA AT ST PATRICK’S CHURCH BANGALORE
JULY/NOVEMBER 28, 2011
C. For “more information”, one is requested to visit www.holyspiritinteractive.net as per the guidance given on the said Veritas TV flyer at http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg.
According to the flyer at http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg, the complete title of the TOB programme is “The HSI
School of Theology of the Body”. HSI stands for “Holy Spirit Interactive“, a ministry founded and operated by Mr. Aneel Aranha from Dubai around 2004. He later started “Discipleship” programs which were conducted at various places in India including the archdioceses of Bangalore, Bombay and Madras-Mylapore.
a) In that connection, I must share an old letter written to me by the owner moderator of Konkani Catholics yahoo group, and my letter to Mr. Aneel Aranha:
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 9:51 AM Subject:
CatholicCulture.org Cautions Against HSI
JMJ Dear Michael,
Just want to inform you that I came across Catholic Culture’s modified review for “Holy Spirit Interactive”. The once “triple green” rating has now been changed to caution visitors against HSI on grounds of fidelity to the Magisterium. The review is posted at: http://www.catholicculture.org/reviews/view.cfm?recnum=2458
Particular weaknesses are mentioned with examples. Love, Austine.
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:35 AM
Subject: PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT
Dear Aneel, I trust that all is well with you and family.
A few days ago, Austine Crasta of KC drew my attention to the “caution” issued on HolySpiritInteractive by catholicculture.com. From a triple-green rating, there is an amber light flashing on FIDELITY [to Church teaching]:
“There is much to recommend about this site but readers should be aware of charismatic elements which confuse sound Catholic theology with Protestant Biblical understanding.
Numerous articles by non-Catholic author, Marcia Montenegro (Fidelity)
Omission of Catholic approach in youth section (Fidelity)
Protestant Christian music and “resources” under the youth/kids sections (Fidelity)
Total condemnation of any drinking of alcohol (Fidelity)”
Love, Michael Prabhu [The “Examples” in blue are hyperlinks]
b) I was recently informed telephonically by the sender of the inquiry concerning the St. Patrick’s program advertised through the Veritas TV flyer that Mr. Aneel Aranha has now been banned by the archdiocese of Bombay from conducting any further activities there.
However, he continues to be active elsewhere, especially in your archdiocese of Bangalore, and the invitations have almost always been accorded to him by the local service teams of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal [CCR].
c) In addition to being recognized by the Bangalore service team of the CCR which, from the naming of its Chairman [Mr. Simon Rodrigues] as a resource person for the Soul Ties-TOB program as on the flyer, appears to be working now in association with them,
MoreLove founder Dr. Dixon has apparently been felicitated by Most Rev. Bernard Moras, the Archbishop of Bangalore who released his first book, “The Beautiful Christian Mind – Deliverance from Mental Illness“.
Yesterday, I received a telephone call stating that MoreLove/HSI has an office on the first floor of the office-commercial complex in the St. Patrick’s Church campus. The St. Patrick’s Church administrative office also confirmed this to us when we contacted them.
We could not ascertain whether this office space has been let out to MoreLove/HSI by the parish itself or by the archdiocese of Bangalore. Otherwise, their published address as on the Internet is 12/1, 12th cross, Ejipura, Bangalore 560 047.
D. Since 2009, there exists a tie-up between MoreLove, which operates a number of “ministries” from Bangalore, and HSI. There is so much evidence available on the Internet that I do not need to send you any.
In case you are interested, you may check out http://veritastv.net/powerofwords.html where you can see the “ministries” of MoreLove’s Dr. Dominic Dixon and HSI’s Mr. Aneel Aranha on the same page. The page also provides one with links to Veritas TV and HSI MoreLove Radio.
The Power of Words may be viewed at http://veritastv.net/powerofwords.html.
I received an email from Bangalore from which I quote,
“This is a 24 hour Global Internet Christian Television Network controlled by Dominic Dixon and Aneel Aranha. It is not right to say it is a Catholic channel because we can see Hillsong and other [Protestant] worship singers on this site. Also Aneel Aranha is talking about words having power.
“Bro. Aneel teaches Christians how to speak out and claim the promises of God rather than grumble. Thus receiving blessings and joy.”
There is something wrong in his teaching, similar to Johnson Sequeira and Joel Osteen.“
A cursory examination of the VeritasTV
pages reveals that the majority of the information made available there is sourced from Protestant ministries.
We also are informed by MoreLove/HSI that “Like Elisha asked Elijah for a double portion of anointing, we too can ask God for the same.” I have been taught by Catholics that this double- and triple-anointing claimed by Protestants is theologically incorrect as we receive a single, once-and-for-all anointing of the Holy Spirit in Baptism which is only re-confirmed or made present in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
There is the possibility of other similar teachings in the HSI/MoreLove ministries, but I have not so far gone into that research.
Pastor Vasudevan’s web page http://www.comfortzoneindia.com/mainsite/ advertises HSI/MoreLove
[28.1 KB attachment – Radio Bible Teachings – www.MoreLoveRadio.com].
Conversely, through MoreLove/HSI, Catholics may get to know about pastor Vasudevan’s Protestant ministries.
There are very few such cases, if any, where one can find a Protestant ministry giving a link to “Catholic” ministries.
One wonders if pastor Vasudevan teaches on MoreLove Radio.
F. I am recording a lot of information from the MoreLove/HSI flyer http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg referred above in case it is pulled from the Internet in the event of an inquiry from you.
It states that the TOB program would be “presented by renowned Catholic Evangelist, author and Ambassador of Theology of the Body, Dr. Dominic Dixon and his team.”
The “team”, according to the same flyer, under the heading of “Teaching Faculty” consists of
i) Dr. Dominic Dixon, Director HSI More Love/TOB India, IAD Vatican**
**Please see Mr. Francis Lobo’s email further below; the http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg flyer also states that HSI is “under the IAD, Vatican“.
ii) Rev. Fr. A. Sagayanathan, Parish Priest, St. Patrick’s Church, Author: Blessed John Paul the Great
iii) Rev. Fr. Faustine Lobo, Director, Pontifical Mission, Vatican***
iv) Bro. Simon Rodrigues, Chairman, Bangalore Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service
***http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=109300 clarifies that
“Pontifical Mission Society, which is a unit of the ‘Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ of the Vatican based in Rome, is a national level organization.”
Is Fr. A. Sagayanathan, the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church, aware that his name is used to state that he is on the “Teaching Faculty” of the programme?
He is not. Fr. Sagayanathan informed me that he declined the invitation given by Dr. Dixon to him to talk to the course participants.
Fr. Faustine, as far as your being on the “Teaching Faculty”, you have confirmed to me that you accepted an invitation to give the course participants a talk and that you were ignorant of the fact that your name has been used on the flyer.
You would also have noted that you are described as “Director, Pontifical Mission, Vatican“, whereas your true and correct designation would be “National Director, Pontifical Mission Societies, Bangalore, India“.
I have tried calling Mr. Simon Rodrigues myself several times on 98803 94898 but he is not reachable, so I could not ascertain from him whether his name too, in the manner of Fr. Sagayanathan’s and yours, has been misused or not.
G An email from a Bangalore contact is reproduced below:
Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2012 9:20 AM
Subject: Dominic Dixon, HSI-official Ambassador of the Vatican’s official Encyclical
Dominic Dixon wrote on his facebook page
“HSI School of Theology of the Body” for the first time in India
and for the first time in the world as a School. TOB is based on the teaching of Blessed John Paul II. TOB is based on Pope John Paul VI Encyclical “Humanae Vitae”
HSI is now the official Ambassador of the Vatican’s official Encyclical. Please see attachment. To get a better view of this post, log on to http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg.”
a) Is it true that TOB is being taught “for the first time in India” as claimed by HSI/MoreLove? I believe that Fr. Sagayanathan himself knows a Marriage Encounter [M.E.] couple from Goa who teaches “Theology of the Body”. There may be others in India who do this, and certainly many others all over the world.
b) Letters from a colleague in this ministry to Dr. Dixon and his responses:
Subject: Soul Ties
I attended the Soul Ties program conducted by you at St. Patricks. What I have noticed that your ministry is an official Ambassador of the Vatican’s official Encyclical and **International Association for Deliverance under the Vatican council. I just want to know how I can be certified by Vatican and what is the course fee?
Regards, Francis Sunil Lobo
On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM, Dominic Dixon <email@example.com> wrote:
Thank you for attending our program.
The Vatican does not certify or endorse an individual but it recognizes Ministries that have been operational for a minimum of 10 years with good standing. The process is a legal process as it deals with the Canon Law.
The Vatican conducts programs on deliverance, etc. The prerequisite is that you should have been in deliverance for several years, with documentation and certification from the Vatican officials in India.
You would be pleased to know that we will be conducting programs on the Vatican documents from January as we’ve been authorized to run an Institute for the Laity.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Dominic Dixon (Psychologist)
Director – ML Dept. of Social Justice
HSI ML Radio
VERITAS TELEVISION NETWORK
Mobile : +91 98805-36501
Counsel : +91 72040-12777
Legal : +91 72040-13777
Media : +91 72040-14777
Fax : +91 11-66173777
Subject: Re: Soul Ties To:
October 9, 2012, 11:44 AM
Thanks Dixon. It is wonderful source of information and every people should aware of this. Till now I was thinking only local Bishop or Provincial General can certify the lay ministry. That too as a Catholic lay Ministry, not as a Vatican approved ministry. Many people don’t know how to approach Vatican on these types of matters. I never saw a ministry which is recognized by Vatican except yours. How you approached the legal (CANON LAW) process to get approval from Vatican and who is the contact person in India. Who is the Vatican official who liable to provide the certificate in India.
Regards, Francis Sunil Lobo
Date: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM Subject: Re: Soul Ties To:
Speak to your spiritual director about matters such as these. Thereafter it’s a long and time consuming process.
c) Since Dr. Dixon declined to clarify the apprehensions of Mr. Lobo, he wrote to Mr. Aneel Aranha who, instead of answering him, apparently unwilling and unable to, forwarded the letter to Dr. Dixon who wrote back.
HSI/MoreLove is giving a program at St. Patrick’s church in Bangalore on Soul Ties which I am attending. I made an enquiry from Br. Dixon about its recognition by the Vatican, and he replied, “The Vatican does not certify or endorse an individual but it recognizes Ministries that have been operational for a minimum of 10 years with good standing. The process is a legal process as it deals with the Canon Law. The Vatican conducts programs on deliverance, etc. The prerequisite is that you should have been in deliverance for several years, with documentation and certification from the Vatican officials in India. You would be pleased to know that we will be conducting programs on the Vatican documents from January as we’ve been authorized to run an Institute for the Laity“.
On my further enquiry, he did not answer my questions but asked me to speak to my spiritual director.
I would like to know more about the Institute for the Laity and the program on Vatican documents so that I could join, if permitted.
I am happy to hear that your work is recognised and certified by the Vatican. We need such institutes.
I am happy to read that from Br. Dixon on Facebook that HSI is now the official ambassador of the Vatican’s official encyclical, Humanae Vitae. I have never known such a thing to be granted before this.
The flyer at http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg mentions a Fr. Faustine Lobo, Director, Pontifical Mission, Vatican as one of the faculty at your TOB school. I did not see him at the program in Bangalore. Will he be speaking soon?
I could not understand Br. Dixon. If you could explain where Canon Law comes in the picture, I will be very happy.
I would like to know when you will be speaking so that I could meet you and discuss more.
I invited you to come meet us at our Ministry Centre in Bangalore. I’m way too busy to keep responding to emails and Bro. Aneel is on a two month international mission and does not have the time to respond to you.
Also, we need to uphold the dignity and Magesterium
[sic] of the Holy Catholic Church and cannot discuss such matter via email. We love the Mother Church and cannot discuss its matters with people whom we don’t know. I have not met you and don’t know your intentions.
For an appointment, call Bro. Horace 7204012777.
Best Regards, Dr. Dominic Dixon (Psychologist)
With that, the only alternative left was for us to write to you, Father Faustine, which we did on October 13, and against which we received your email reply followed by your invitation — when we spoke to you over the ‘phone — to meet with you in person on November 5.
MY CLOSING COMMENTS
1. It is a false statement made by Dr. Dixon that he invited Mr. Lobo “to come meet us at our Ministry Centre in Bangalore“. I have reproduced the email correspondence between them in its totality and there was no exchange of telephone calls between them either.
The statement “HSI School of Theology of the Body” for the first time in India
and for the first time in the world as a School” is subtly misleading. The key word is “School”. There are Catholic lay ministries that teach TOB in other formats such as seminars. Most readers will assume that the HSI/MoreLove TOB is exclusive and original apart from being “Vatican certified/authorized” as repeatedly stated.
2b. There appears to be a lot of name-dropping and misuse of names of contacts in this HSI/MoreLove affair.
When I attended his talk on November 4, I listened to Dr. Dixon referring at regular intervals to how much approval and endorsements he receives from different archbishops.
Apart from that, there is the frequent [mis]use of the “Vatican” word. He is a self-declared “official Ambassador of the Vatican’s official Encyclical
[Humanae Vitae]”, “an ambassador for the views of the Holy Father” and “an ecumenical ambassador” [http://www.dominicdixon.net/about_dom1.htm] and “Ambassador of Theology of the Body“.
One wonders how these titles were assumed and what they are meant to convey.
2c. The use of the term “veritas” in the Dr. Dixon/Mr. Aneel Aranha-owned Veritas TV http://veritastv.net/TOB-MAILER.jpg appears to be unethical.
As you yourself immediately noted, the word “veritas” at once brings to one’s mind a certain Vatican media ministry, and this would happen with any visitor to a blog or web site using that name. Mr. Aneel Aranha and Dr. Dixon declare themselves as Vatican ambassadors or give the impression that their ministries as Vatican-associated/approved on Facebook and then provide links to their own site “VeritasTV” where they themselves ratify their claim and endorse their own selves.
As I pointed out to you when we met, just because you favoured me with 75 minutes of your time and said a few good things about me and my ministry, it does not give me the licence to claim that you or the Vatican endorse my work just because you are the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies and a Vatican appointee.
All of the above appears to be duplicity of the highest order and a blatant attempt to befool Catholics.
If I am correct in the information that I furnished to you, then I believe that it would be in order for the Church to take a very serious view of the matter and impose severe sanctions on this “ministry” combine.
2d. Catholics would like to know by which ecclesial authority MoreLove/HSI has “been authorized to run an Institute for the Laity” and what exactly this Institute intends to teach.
They hint that they “have been in deliverance for several years” and so have received the requisite “documentation and certification from the Vatican officials in India“.
Since your name is on their “faculty”, and the “Vatican” word was used there too, wouldn’t it be wrongly assumed by most people that they indeed have recognition from Rome?
“The Vatican conducts programs on deliverance“: What are the details of these programs which we have never heard of?
An individual may become a member of the IAD, I am given to understand, by making a nominal payment after which one receives IAD newsletters and invitations to attend IAD international seminars [at one’s own cost].
Ms. Gibello and I correspond almost on a fortnightly basis. Though I have never registered as a member, I receive all their newsletters and seminar invitations. That does not give me the licence to use “IAD Vatican” on my visiting cards, printed letter heads and ministry mast heads or web pages.
Dr. Dixon “is a member of the International Association for Deliverance under the Vatican Council” [http://www.dominicdixon.net/about_dom1.htm]. [What “Vatican Council“?].
He is “Director HSI More Love/TOB India, IAD Vatican” according to the flyer which also states that HSI is “under the IAD, Vatican“.
This again appears to be misleading. Whether any type of recognition has been given to MoreLove and HSI by the “IAD Vatican” needs to be ascertained.
Ms. Erika Gibello, Secretary-General of the IAD [International Association for Deliverance] and Secretary for the English-speaking members of the AIE [Association of Exorcists International] firstname.lastname@example.org, can give you the correct information.
The use of “IAD” in conjunction with “Vatican” is itself a question mark.
2f. “Dr. Dixon has represented the Church of India at parlimentary [sic] levels, as an advisor to the President and Prime Minister of India on various issues.” http://www.dominicdixon.net/about_dom1.htm
3. In my computer files, I have maintained records of slanderous campaigns* released in the public domain by Dr. Dixon on certain individuals and lay ministries who dared to criticise him, even on others who didn’t.
I can give you the contacts of these people for verification. There is every possibility that it will be my turn when this letter to you is made public, but that does not cause me any anxiety. That such attacks on Catholics by Dr. Dixon occur is even more amazing considering that he projects himself as a crusader of Christian morals and ethics. Keep that in mind also in view of his apparently misusing the names of priests, Church officials and Church offices. *See last page for a few links
I keep repeating the word “apparently” since it remains for you to ascertain whether our findings are correct or not. I only present you information already available in the public domain.
4. In the extract http://www.dominicdixon.net/about_dom1.htm further below**, we find Dr. Dixon writing and signing a testimonial to himself.
5. I might have considered marking a copy of this letter to the Archbishop of Bangalore who I believe needs to be kept in the loop, except that he has never acknowledged even one of many such letters from me while the New Age and other errors that I brought to his attention continue unabated and unchecked in the archdiocese. However, it was God’s providence that we could meet and I look forward to an acknowledgement from you to this letter of mine, followed by your intimation of what steps were taken by the concerned ecclesial authorities, if any.
Actually, I completed this letter in more detail than this yesterday but due to a computer glitch I lost it and rewrote the last half of it. This letter therefore is not as clear and complete as the one that I envisaged but I trust that it is sufficient for you.
At your service in Jesus’ Name,
Dr. Dominic F. Dixon, a Catholic Evangelist based in Bangalore, under the authority of the Catholic Church and is a member of the International Association for Deliverance under the Vatican Council. He is the Founder and Director of MORE (Ministry Of Reconciliation & Evangelization), MORELOVE.IN, VERITAS TV, MORELOVERADIO. Dom has reached out to several hundred thousand youth in over 36 Countries who have been abused, addicts, alcoholics, and the outcast including gangsters.
Dom is a faculty member at Colleges in the discipline of Ethics and Value Education, promoting PURITY. Dom is the most interviewed Christian Evangelist in India having been interviewed by CNN, NDTV, India Today, Times of India, Headlines Today, Agence France-Presse and other International News channels and projected in over 100 Provinces worldwide in regards to his work amongst the youth. Dom is a leading voice in India for Pro-Life and is an ambassador for the views of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church in the areas of abortion, chastity and homosexuality. He is also an ecumenical ambassador to bring the Church in total unity which granted him appreciation by international Christian leaders of all denominations.
Dr. Dixon has represented the Church of India at parlimentary [sic] levels, as an advisor to the President and Prime Minister of India on various issues.
After working as a Technology Corporate consultant in the US, Canada and India, he submitted to the CALL to serve Jesus in 2001. Since then he has travelled extensively proclaiming the good news of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Dom holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He has done his Discipleship Training and School of University Ministries with
Youth With A Mission****.
Dom has authored two major books on Psychology and Sociology. “The Beautiful Christian Mind”, approved by Vatican officials and released by Archbishop Bernard Moras, Bangalore Archdiocese & “I’m a Teenager, pls understand me” and has produced an Audio Album on his series “Purpose of Life’s Events” and a book on Christian character titled, “Living for the Audience of One”, endorsed by Archbishop Ignatius Pinto, Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore and released by Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait*****. Dom has produced a song “When innocence is stolen” for the nun who was gang raped in Orissa. This song was higly [sic]
appreciated around the world and was endorsed by Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Orissa.
Dom’s cry: Lord Jesus, give me the YOUTH of this world or I will die!
Dr. Dominic F. Dixon
http://ywambangalore.org/about-us/, “an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds” but not a single testimonial from a Catholic priest or Catholic ministry though all shades of Protestant/Pentecostal “churches” are included. See also
*****This was probably through the intervention of HSI’s Mr. Aneel Aranha whose web site notes that his ministry is approved by the Vicariate of Arabia.
Critique of one psychologist by another psychologist
*[From the top of this letter, point A.] Please read the extract below which is taken from my report titled
SANGAM INTEGRAL FORMATION AND SPIRITUALITY CENTRE, GOA-NEW AGE PSYCHOLOGY, ETC. JULY 2009
THE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN MIND BY DR. DOMINIC DIXON
The New Leader, August 16-31, 2007, Book Review: The Beautiful Christian Mind by Dominic F. Dixon, ATC Publications, Bangalore. The book is reviewed by Fr. Emmanuel Arockiam, SJ**. I now copy the review:
The title of the book, “The Beautiful Christian Mind: Deliverance From Mental Illness” is indicative of the author’s leaning toward a Christian understanding of mental illness. The author looks at various illnesses of the mind such as depression, schizophrenia, etc. through the glass of faith. Sounding like a spirited Pentecostal preacher, the author, Dominic Dixon, who is involved in the Ministry of Evangelization and Reconciliation (MORE) advocates passionately that we should acknowledge our need for God’s healing touch and deliverance from the devil. Using many snippets from his experience in his spiritual healing ministry, he asserts that mental illnesses are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain but by the demon’s vicious torments. Hence, claiming that mental illnesses may not be cured by medication and psychotherapy as practiced by professional psychologists and counselors, the author argues that the healing of the oppressed mind can happen only through biblical counseling.
As he believes that mental and physical illnesses can also be God’s way of disciplining and chastening his people when they go against Him, he recommends that we must be ready for the ‘spiritual warfare’ with the devil, who is our ‘enemy’. The devil for the author is not a habit or mental state but a person equipped with knowledge, will, emotion and ability to speak.
While the book might be of interest and some help to those involved in pastoral healing ministry, the content and the tone of the book will be jarring to anyone with a professional training in psychiatry or counselling and those who do not take the words of the Bible literally or believe that demons are persons.
Though spirituality is a ‘core category’ in anyone’s life, and faith plays an important role in physical and mental wellbeing, we cannot easily ignore the modern medical research on neurochemical changes in the brain that can be controlled by certain medications. Though references to people who have recovered are galore in this book, the author has not explained in detail the process of helping people with mental illness. Fr. Emmanuel Arockiam
**The New Leader, May 16-31, 2009: “M. A. Emmanuel Arockiam, SJ., did his Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology in the U.S. He is currently teaching psychology-related courses and practising counseling at Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai. He teaches part time at Satya Nilayam [the Jesuit philosophate, Chennai] and facilitates group therapy at the Sadhana Institute***, Lonavala.
MY COMMENTS: I do not intend to analyze here the contents of Dr. Dominic Dixon’s book though he sent me a copy for my library. Rather, I will analyze just one point of Fr. Emmanuel Arockiam’s review of the book, a point that he stresses all too often. To me, the Jesuit’s comments appear to be based on his personal belief — one that is shared today by many priests and apparently by most priest-psychologists — that the devil does not exist, at least not as a personal entity “equipped with knowledge, will, emotion and ability to speak“, and that he [the priest] does not accept the reality of ‘spiritual warfare’. [The words that the priest chose to put in inverted commas in his review, reveal his mind.] For the priest, the devil or evil is purely a habit or a mental state – to use his words — and psychological counseling with medication is the solution.
It is difficult to understand why the priest, reviewing in a Catholic magazine a book written by a Catholic lay person and published by a Catholic publishing house, would consider the hypothetical reaction of “those who do not take the words of the Bible literally or believe that demons are persons“; unless he is one of that number.
While I might agree with the priest in that it would be irrational to blame the devil for all emotional problems and to completely reject psychiatry and medicine for just biblical counseling alone, I must also disagree with his anti-Christian secular humanistic approach. But then, that is what one must expect from modern psychoanalytical approaches to the problems that beset the human condition, even those that might be related to unrepented [or the effects of even repented] sin, unforgiveness, guilt, etc.
***The Jamshedpur Jesuits’ Newsletter, August 2002, records NLP programmes at Sadhana Institute. There is also a course titled “The Embodying Experience“. Without any doubt, there will be other New Age courses.
END OF LETTER TO FR. FAUSTINE LOBO
RESPONSE FROM FR. FAUSTINE LOBO
Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,
Thank you very much for the detailed note. I am going through the same and I will do the needful on my part.
With warm regards,
Fr. Faustine L. Lobo
National Director, PMS India
This was the last I heard from Fr. Faustine Lobo, despite reminders, thus necessitating this report.
Visit this ministry’s web site for a number of reports and articles on psychology and psycho-spiritualities
MORELOVE/HSI LAUNCH A BIBLE COLLEGE IN BANGALORE WITH THE BLESSINGS OF ARCHBISHOP BERNARD MORAS
Subject: DOMINIC DIXON’S BIBLE COLLEGE
Dear Fr Faustine,
A month has lapsed since I received your kind letter. Do you have anything more to share with me about the results of your inquiry and your intervention if any?
You may be aware that Mr. Dominic Dixon has launched a Bible College with the blessing of the Archbishop of Bangalore, see the picture below.
Yours in Jesus’ Name,
REMINDER PLEASE: DOMINIC DIXON’S BIBLE COLLEGE / SEE THE FOLLOWING EMAIL TO YOU FROM ME
Subject: Fw: FW: CATHOLIC BIBLE COLLEGE FOR THE LAITY/ DOMINIC DIXON’S BIBLE COLLEGE
You are included as “Pontifical Missions Advisor”
Kind regards, Michael
Fr. Faustine Lobo declined to respond to the above three successive letters to him.
SOME INFORMATION RETRIEVED, ëTHOS INSTITUTE LINKS AS ON DECEMBER 15, 2012
Dedicated to and under the Patronage of His Holiness, Blessed John Paul II
His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore, DD.
Rev. Fr. A. Sagayanathan, Parish Priest – St. Patrick’s Church
Pontifical Missions Advisor
Rev. Fr. Faustine Lobo – Dir. Pontifical Missions
Horace Fernandes – Registrar
Martina Charles, PCP- Office Executive
Simon Rodrigues, CA
Ethics & Pro-Life
Dr. Gerry Abreo (Chair)
Dr. Rev. Sis. Genevieve Secretary, State Education
Andrea Alphonso, BA, MBA, D.PG -Bible
Julia Coutinho, B.Com. MBA
Ecumenical Panel for Peace & Unity
Dr. Siga Arles, Ph.D. (Missiology) (Chair)
Rev. K. Vasudevan, Pres. Bethany High
Michael Jebaraj, Director – Faith Ventures
Scholarship Research Team
Dr. Dominic Dixon, D. Psych – Chair
Faculty/ Research Team
Desmond Cotter BA(His) BA(Phil), D.PG-Theology
Varun Menezes, BE, MBA, (D.PG-Bib. Studies)
Neil Richard BBM, EDP, (D.PG-Theology)
Christian Business Ethics
Ralph Coutinho, B.E, MBA, (D. PG Canon Law) DVK Pontificial [sic] Athenaeum
Child Development Research
Sabrina Fernandes, B.Com, PCP, TOB
Family Development Research
Rev. Fr. Arul Raj (Chair)
Horace Fernandes, BA, BBM, PCP, D.PG- Counselling
Colin Calmiano, Dir. Spread your wings**
Michael Jebaraj – Dir. Christian Management
The names of the two priests Fr. Faustine Lobo and Fr. Arul Raj on the
team were deleted from the above web page after my letter to Fr. Faustine Lobo. What does that say?
There is no priest and no theologian on the ëthos Institute team. At least three members of the team are Protestants.
Email received from ëthos:
CATHOLIC BIBLE COLLEGE FOR THE LAITY
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012
Subject: FW: CATHOLIC BIBLE COLLEGE FOR THE LAITY
Dear Colin, Can you please confirm to me whether or not you are — as Dr Dixon advertises — “Leadership Development
Colin Calmiano, Dir. Spread your wings” at his new BIBLE COLLEGE? Thank you, Michael
Subject: Re: FW: CATHOLIC BIBLE COLLEGE FOR THE LAITY
Yes Michael, I was requested by Dominic. God bless, Colin
[Colin Calmiano: SPREAD YOUR WINGS (Institute for Growth & Development), Bangalore, leads the People of Praise Covenant Community which is affiliated to Sword of the Spirit, an international community.]
On December 19, I wrote a cautionary letter to Colin Calmiano who declined to respond.
MoreLove is under the authority of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.
Seemingly, the Church has somehow skipped the chapter of Academics for the Laity [??], to respond to a more profound understanding of the mystery of salvation in Christ. This urgently calls for higher studies and scholarship. ETHOS Institute aims at complimenting [sic] the Church in conducting such
studies in accordance with Catholic doctrine as held by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Subject: FOUR GLORIOUS YEARS
This 15th August we celebrate FOUR glorious years in Ministry. […]
We now have a three story [sic] building with our Radio station, guest house and a full fledged Missions centre.
Their site http://ethosinstitute.org/campus.html
HSI MoreLove Institute is located in the heart of the City, downtown central of Bangalore. Attached to the campus is
St. Patrick’s Church, and an Adoration Chapel. The campus has a parking capacity for over 100 cars. It also has an elevator. The campus has a Wi-Fi internet facility.
The wordings can be misleading. HSI MoreLove occupies rented commercial space along with other business establishments on the third floor of a building among other buildings in a campus adjacent to St. Patrick’s Church, Bangalore, which has car parking space, etc. for common use as per a commercial agreement.
“ëthos Institute, HSI MoreLove Focus Centre, #4, 3rd Floor, ‘A’ Block”
As mentioned on the first page of my letter to Fr. Faustine Lobo, here are some links to just five of Dr. Dominic Dixon’s online attacks on the International Catholic Programme for Evangelization [ICPE], Bangalore, and its Director, Fritz Mascarenhas. Colin Calmiano, on the preceding page, was the next senior leader in ICPE for many years. The links are samples of several more that I have in my files. The reader will notice that they are three years apart. For a ministry that claims Archdiocesan approval and Vatican ambassadorship and preaches ethics and morals and more, HSI MoreLove certainly does not give up on its slanderous campaigns against those it deems to be its enemies. Look out now for an assault on this ministry!
What transpires in the Mangalorean Catholics [MC] posts, a group known for its hundreds of anti-Catholic posts over the years led by its owner Ancy D’Souza Paladka and Fr Claude Saldanha O.P., is interesting.
Dominic Dixon’s post makes out that he is actually posting a report made by another investigator. Anyone who knows Dominic Dixon would see through that bluff. MC member Joel Fernandes*, a personal friend of mine who knows Dominic Dixon and Fritz Mascarenhas, and served in BOTH their ministries, did.
Fed up — along with sometime MC moderator Derrick D’Costa of Bahrain who finally also quit, and a couple of other members — of constantly defending the Church against the virulent posts of a lone Hindu member ganged up with a handful of Church-haters including the liberal priest already named, I unsubscribed a few years ago. [Though I have repeatedly cited proof of that to MC members, Mr. Paladka, to save face, falsely claims that I was banned!] However, since I continue to be subscribed under an alternative email address, I remain privy to the goings-on at MC. Before I unsubscribed, Mr. Paladka in June 2009 privately passed on to me a message from Dominic Dixon in which Dominic Dixon threatened to take legal action against me. The said threat was made not against an issue concerning the Catholic faith but against a comment I wrote on a thread which discussed the reason why Indian immigrants in Australia were being racially targeted!
Dominic Dixon will know that I have that message only when he reads this report when it is published.
Take heed of Dominic Dixon’s warning to his former friend Joel Fernandes, “Be careful of what you say.”
EXTRACT: The Report** was made by Dom himself and claims that it was prepared by some journalists and investigators. That is a humongous lie… Dom is the mastermind with his penchant for creating havoc in people’s lives…
Slandering, insulting, bad-mouthing are but just a few of his traits…
I believe that Joel speaks true. Col. Israel Jayakaran, 87, email@example.com
is an English grammar teacher and would never have written in such poor English as at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MangaloreanCatholics/message/25747
AND with errors like “the Archbishop of Chennai“. P.S. I have received mails from another Dixon fake journalist, Sunder Dass, who wrote me with an uncannily similar agenda, and vanished without a trace when I requested his contact information.
**EXPOSURE: Freedom from Fascism and Fritzism!
http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/MangaloreanCatholics/message/5575 February 19, 2007
http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/MangaloreanCatholics/message/5586 February 21, 2007
http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/MangaloreanCatholics/message/5596 February 22, 2007
Re: The sex scandals in catholic churches by Israel Jayakaran Posted by: “Dr Dominic Dixon” Apr 20, 2010 1:53 am (PDT)
Hello everyone, I agree with the views that somewhere, the Church have taken God’s authority into its own hands!
In Bangalore, a lay missions organization that just had it’s first Priest ordained, has two in the making.
Sometime ago, one of the Priest in the making was caught molesting a boy several times from that youth group. When the boy questioned the perpetrator, the perpetrator philosophized it and explained the different types of love and said that his actions were love as another Priest had expressed the same to him, sexually & verbally. The perpetrator is now in Rome doing his final studies. He was a student of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore. What was the action taken by the Director of that mission’s organization, NOTHING, as usual, put everything under the carpet.
The victim was my counsellee [sic] and now rehabilitated and has forgiven the perpetrator. Dr. Dominic Dixon
There is one funda-mental-ist, so called Catholic missionary organization
If deemed necessary, more of Dr Dominic Dixon’s slanderous attacks on Catholics in ministry, exaggerated statements and falsehoods, along with related letters to this ministry from reputable individuals, will be included in an update to this report.
Some correspondence between Francis Lobo and Fr. Faustine Lobo prior to my Nov. 5 meeting with the latter
Subject: Need Clarification on VATICAN APPROVED LAY MINISTRY
I am Francis Lobo, belong to St. Antony Parish in Bangalore. Recently I attended a program conducted by a lay minister in a particular parish. What he claims that he is an official Ambassador of the Vatican’s official Encyclical and member of the International Association for Deliverance which works in association with the International Association for Exorcism in the Vatican. I asked the clarification to the same Lay minister and he replied “The Vatican does not certify or endorse an individual but it recognizes Ministries that have been operational for minimum of 10 years with good standing. The process is a legal process as it deals with the Canon Law. The Vatican conducts programs on deliverance, etc. The prerequisite is that you should have been in deliverance for several years, with documentation and certification from the Vatican officials in India. You would be pleased to know that we will be conducting programs on the Vatican documents as we’ve been authorized to run an Institute for the Laity“. On my further clarification, he did not answer my questions but asked me to speak to my spiritual director. I never saw a ministry which has direct official recognition from Vatican except this one.
Dear Father can please provide the clarification for the below questions.
1) Can a Lay ministry directly get the approval from Vatican?
2) How can a lay minister approach the legal (CANON LAW) process to get approval from Vatican? What is the role of Canon law in this matter?
3) Who is the Vatican official who is liable to approve the lay ministry in India?
4) What is the dos and don’ts of a Lay ministry which has official approval from Vatican?
Regards, Francis Sunil Lobo
Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM Subject: Re: Need Clarification on VATICAN APPROVED LAY MINISTRY
Dear Mr. Francis Lobo,
I need further explanation about this particular person to tell everything precisely.
But for your general understanding, no one is given any status by Vatican unless his/her case is recommended by the Bishop of the Diocese concerned. If he says that he has obtained it directly from Rome by himself that is a false claim. In that case he has to produce a valid certificate to this effect.
There is no such official position in the Church called ‘Lay Ministry’. If officially someone has to be appointed as a ‘Lay Minister’, the Diocesan Bishop does it according to the need of the Diocese and Rome is not doing it directly without the knowledge of the bishop of the Diocese concerned.
I hope I have satisfied you to the extent the explanation that you have given me. Fr. Faustine L. Lobo, Director, PMS India
On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM, Francis Lobo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks Father I am convinced with your answer. I will meet personally and share the more in detail. Please do let me know if you are free on 5th November at your convenient time. If you are not available on 5th November, I will meet you on 6th November after 2 PM. Please do let me know your convenient time. Regards Francis Sunil Lobo
On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM, Pontifical Mission Society <email@example.com> wrote:
Dear Mr. Francis, I am available on the 5th of November. You may come anytime but before coming please give me a call.
My No.: 98455 76410. Fr. Faustine L. Lobo
To: Pontifical Mission Society <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: Need Clarification on VATICAN APPROVED LAY MINISTRY
Dear Father, Thank you very much for your meeting with Michael in my absence. I am ready to provide more information if you need any. Regards, Francis Sunil Lobo
UPDATE FEBRUARY 14, 2013
This morning, I have blacked out three lines on page 6 of this report pending a reply to an enquiry from this ministry with the alleged department of the “Vatican [that] conducts programs on deliverance” “under the Vatican Council“.
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: LATEST INFORMATION ADDED AT OUR WEB SITE
Thanks for the email received. I was just recently having a conversation from a member of Bangalore Service Team wherein he was sharing his concern over the Dixon ministries which he felt was highly objectionable but having full permission of bishop and priest and being conducted at St. Patrick’s church. Hence I am happy for the matter you have sent and have forwarded it. Am sure it will be helpful. There is a lot you have sent and will slowly go through the rest when time permits. God bless your efforts!