CATHOLIC ASHRAMS-LETTERS FROM BISHOPS IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT



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RESPONSES FROM BISHOPS AND CBCI COMMISSIONS TO THE REPORT ON NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

[IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE. Serial numbering corresponds with ‘LETTERS FROM BISHOPS’ report]

 

01. [RESPONSE TO MY LETTER DT 1.1.2005 INFORMING THE PRO NUNCIO ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING REPORT on ASHRAMS]

Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,

I acknowledge receipt of your kind letter dated January 1st, 2005.

I wish to assure you that its contents have awaked interest and have been the cause of concern. I have been noted and I am waiting for your detailed report about Saccidananda Ashram.

With cordial regards and prayerful good wishes, I remain, Yours sincerely in Christ

+Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana

APOSTOLIC NUNCIO
[Letter ref. N.5561/05 dated January 25, 2005, NEW DELHI]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
H.E. Pedro López Quintana
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:11 AM

Subject: I AM REALLY SURPRISED AND DISMAYED AT YOUR COMPLETE SILENCE

KIND ATTENTION : MOST REV. PEDRO LOPEZ QUINTANA, APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO INDIA

Your Eminence,

I am really quite surprised and dismayed at your complete silence in response to my repeated letters to you as follows, especially when the same are in response to YOUR LETTER TO ME REPRODUCED BELOW:

LETTER WITH NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS REPORT ATTACHED, OCTOBER 8 and 31

REMINDERS TO THE SAME, OCTOBER 19 and 24 and again on NOVEMBER 10.

YOUR LETTER: THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIATURE IN INDIA, New Delhi N. 5561/05 [Letter reproduced in full]

WHEN I SEND COPIES TO THE DIFFERENT CONGREGATIONS AND COUNCILS OF THE HOLY SEE, I AM ALWAYS ADVISED BY THEM TO PURSUE THESE, WHAT THEY FEEL ARE, “LOCAL” ISSUES WITH THE INDIAN ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITIES. BUT WHEN YOUR GOODSELF AND THE EMINENT CARDINALS STEADFASTLY DECLINE TO RESPOND, WHAT ELSE CAN A CONCERNED LAY CATHOLIC DO IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES THAN KEEP SENDING REMINDERS? WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE THAT YOUR EMINENCE WILL RESPOND SUITABLY, CONSIDERING THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE MATTER, I SEND THIS LETTER WITH ATTACHMENT AGAIN.

MICHAEL PRABHU, METAMORPHOSE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES, CHENNAI [NO RESPONSE]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
H.E. Pedro López Quintana ; nuntius@apostolicnunciatureindia.com

Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:26 PM

Subject: Fw: I AM REALLY SURPRISED AND DISMAYED AT YOUR COMPLETE SILENCE

YOUR EMINENCE, SENDING ONCE AGAIN, WITHOUT THE ATTACHMENT. [NO RESPONSE]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
H.E. Pedro López Quintana ; nuntius@apostolicnunciatureindia.com

Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:02 PM Subject:
ASHRAMS IN INDIA- CATHOLIC OR NEW AGE?

KIND ATTENTION: MOST REV. PEDRO LOPEZ QUINTANA, APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO INDIA

REMINDER NO. 10

Your Eminence, On the 28th of January, I have posted to you a copy of my report on the Catholic Ashram Movement in India. This is the second time that I have posted this report to Your Eminence.

On December 17th, I had posted you a copy of the referred report.

May I draw your kind attention to your letter to me of January 25th 2005 which I reproduce here: …………………..

I first sent this report inserted as an attachment in my email letter to you of 8th October 2005, and again on 31st October, and once more on 16th November 2005. I am sending it by email once again today.

My follow-up email letters to you are dated 19th and 24th October and 10th and 23rd November 2005.

Till now I am yet to receive an acknowledgement from you on an issue which, you will agree with me, is a serious one. My emails of 16th and 23rd November are reproduced below. Yours obediently,

Michael Prabhu Metamorphose Catholic Ministries Chennai 1st February 2006 [Hardcopy on letterhead posted 01/02]

From:
prabhu
To:
H.E. Pedro López Quintana ; nuntius@apostolicnunciatureindia.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:08 PM Subject: CATHOLIC ASHRAMS- NEW AGE?

YOUR EMINENCE, THE ASHRAMS REPORT IS ATTACHED HERE AS MENTIONED IN MY EARLIER EMAIL LETTER OF TODAY. YOUR OBEDIENTLY MICHAEL PRABHU CHENNAI

 

51.
From:
Archbishop
To:
prabhu 

Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:03 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Fr. Michael Prabhu,
Greetings. I am in Rome at present, participating in the Synod of Bishops. I thank you for remembering me and for sending me the material on New Age. I shall read it and I am sure be enlightened by it. God bless you.

Archbp Dominic Jala, sdb
BISHOP OF SHILLONG

MY REPLY : Dear Archbishop Dominic,

I greatly appreciate your prompt reply. Your Grace, I am not a priest but a fulltime Catholic lay-evangelist. I pray that I did not give you the wrong impression by anything that I said or wrote.

I have a big, big request to make of you.

I would like to send this report to two or three of the important dicasteries that would be concerned with the issue which concerns not just the New Age and the Church in India, but also liturgy, culture, laity, etc. Would you be so kind and helpful as to give me the names of just these two or three Prefects / dicasteries AND THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESSES? I assure you that I will not reveal the source of the information to anyone.

I do have their POSTAL addresses, but to send the report by post would be prohibitively expensive for me.

I have also sent the report to the Doctrinal Commission of the CBCI. But I believe that someone responsible in Rome should be made aware of what is really going on in the Ashram Movement here in India. Since this same movement has spread worldwide through the Camaldoli Benedictines and others it becomes a matter for the Universal Church too, to be aware of. Yours obediently, Michael [NO RESPONSE]

 

19.
					[RESPONSE TO MY LETTER DT 1.1.2005 INFORMING THE BISHOP ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING REPORT on  ASHRAMS]
				

Dear Mr. Michael Prabu,

Thank you very much for your letter of 1st January regarding Shanthivanam Ashram. Kindly give me more specific information regarding the heresies, blasphemous and sacrilegous activities that are taking place over there. I shall make my enquiry on receiving this information from you. With kind regards, Yours in Christ,

Antony Devotta
BISHOP OF TIRUCHIRAPALLI [Letter ref. BP(01/05)03 rg. dated 21 January 2005]

ASHRAMS REPORT SENT BY EMAIL ON 8 OCTOBER 2005.

 

From:
antony devotta
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 11:36 AM Subject: Bishop of Trichy

Dear Mr. Michael,
Thank you very much for the information regarding the ashrams. I shall do the needful. Yours in Christ
Antony Devotta

From:
prabhu
To:
antony devotta
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:13 PM Subject: ASHRAMS REPORT

Your Grace, Kindly let me know the progress on the ASHRAMs report that I sent you, with specific reference to Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam. I am confident that you must have initiated some enquiry, but I am aware that the recent torrential rains and floods must have hampered movements and communications and caused immense sufferings to the people of your diocese. I understand that the Kaveri water invaded the Ashram too, as I received a couple of letters from there. Yours obediently, Michael

 

From:
antony devotta
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 4:42 PM Subject: bishop of Trichy
Dear Mr. Michael,
I have for acknowledgement your e.mail letter dated 1st December concerning your allegations regarding the Shantivanam Ashram. As I already informed you I have forwarded your letter to them for explanation on certain points and am awaiting their reply.  However, I would like to tell you that I have no obligation to send you any report and I will not send any either.  Please also note, I do not like to entertain correspondence on this any further. With kind regards,
Antony Devotta

From:
prabhu
To:
antony devotta  Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:06 PM Subject: THE ASHRAMS REPORT

Your Grace, We thank you for the episcopal blessings conveyed to us in your Christmas Card.

I could not reply to your email [below] earlier as Angela and I had been on vacation and as I have also been suffering from glaucoma and then an attack of conjunctivitis. My computer had also crashed and was inoperable for early 3 weeks. Today is the first day in over 7 weeks that I am attending to the mails in my computer. 

I must say that I was really saddened and surprised to read some of the contents of your last email letter to me on the issue of the Catholic Ashrams with specific reference to Shantivanam. 2.

While I am happy that you have asked the Ashram for clarifications, you have used the word ‘allegations’ in reference to my report. The report is however based on personal experience, corroborated by a reliable witness who accompanied me, and supported by documentation from the Ashram itself and from other ashramvasis and earlier visitors to the Ashram[s] now returned to Europe.

I do agree with you in your statement that you do not have ANY obligation to send me report. You are a high official in the Church, and I am an unrecognised layperson whose opinions and concerns can be rejected like those of most laity. But that does not deter me from continuing to do my duty as is expected of me, which I have understood from my reading of certain Vatican documents and encyclicals. The rest is up to the hierarchy. I am sorry if anything I wrote to you gave you the impression that you were obliged to report back to me. I went through my previous email and I found nothing to suggest that. I simply wrote to you in follow-up, as in an earlier letter you had asked me to submit my report to you when it was ready.

My relationship with you goes back to your seminary days when we used to stand opposite the Basilica and chat up, me about 5 years junior to you, in my school uniform, greatly impressed by seeing you in your cassock, all fired up for the priesthood. When I think of you, it is only that way. Now you are my Bishop.

I am in spiritual obedience to you, but I believe that it is my Christian duty to send you [and other Bishops] my reports. I will continue to do so, and I trust that you will change your mind and continue to write to me as you have done the past several years. I have copied below an email dated November 4, 2005 received by me from the Pontifical Council for the Laity which in fact recommends that I write to the Bishops of the concerned dioceses. I had done so, and I have received around 50 encouraging responses, from various Commissions and their Bishops, to my letters with the ASHRAM REPORT attached.

From knowing you for so many years, and sharing with you the same love and concern for Mother Church, I am confident that you will maintain correspondence with me and my ministry. I write this letter with respect. May God continue to bless you in abundance, especially with good health, as I learnt recently that you have not been keeping too well. With love and prayers, Michael

 

From:
antony devotta
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 11:20 AM Subject: bishop of trichy

Michael Prabu Santhome Chennai. Dear Michael,
Thank you very much for your e.mail letter of 18th January.
Thank you also for your best wishes and greetings on the occasion of my 5th Episcopal anniversary.
I do appreciate your concern and love for the Church.  I would only ask of you to be open to the Holy Spirit for his directions. God bless you and all your family members.
ANTONY DEVOTTA Bishop of Tiruchirapalli

 

11.
[2 RESPONSES TO MY LETTER DT 1.1.2005 INFORMING THE BISHOP ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING REPORT on ASHRAMS]

From:
					Bishop Thomas Dabre
					To:
					prabhu
					Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 3:05 PM

Dear Michael and Angela,

Greetings of Peace and Joy!

Thank you for your email regarding the New Age. I share your concerns and I understand them. I am sure the Lord 

will guide us to protect the Church from the dangers of the New Age. God Bless You. Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre BISHOP OF VASAI,
CHAIRMAN, DOCTRINAL COMMISSION OF THE CBCI

 

From:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2005 11:08 AM

Dear Michael Prabhu, 

Greetings of Peace and Joy! Trust you are well. I share your anxiety about the Catholic faith in SACCIDANANDA ASHRAM, SHANTIVANAM. Now, please let me know clearly the points which you feel need corrections. It is very important to note clear errors and abuses. Then, I will take the matter up with the people concerned. Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre

 

From:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
To:
prabhu

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:34 PM Subject: Michael Prabhu

Dear Michael Prabhu,

Greetings of Peace! I have received your emails on the situation regarding New Age. I share your concerns and I think we need to pay attention to the issues you have raised. It is true that we need to warn people in our institutions against New Age tendencies. I will get back to you. Certainly you have a contribution to make to the Church in India.

However, let us all do it with love, understanding and sensitivity as they say Veritas in Caritati, Truth in Love. Of course, I am with you with my prayers and support. Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre

 

3.

 

From:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 3:46 PM Subject: Michael

Dear Michael,

Greetings of Peace and Joy! Thank you for all your emails. I think I have written to you to say that I have received your study report. But I said it needs careful reading. In your report regarding Fr. Joe Pereira in which I am supposed to be quoted from Vidyajyoti, but I don’t think it is from my article. You may please check the original. I appreciate your zeal for the faith and I also feel that people need to be guided and they need to be taught to integrate everything properly and smoothly into the faith, always giving first place to the faith. Otherwise there will be dangers which you seek to point out. Do pray for me as I do the same for you. Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre 

From:
prabhu
To:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:02 PM Subject: Re: Michael

Your Grace, Thank you for your gracious and encouraging response.

I notice that you have read my report very carefully, as you have referred to Fr Joe Pereira [mis]quoting you, which is on page 90. I am unable to verify the same from the Vidyajyoti journal as he does not specify the issue.

The Archbishop of Goa has also written to me denying a statement attributed by Fr. Joe to him.

I am confident that you will follow up on my report with the concerned people who are causing dangers to the Faith.

I also await your kind response to the other email with subject: PAPAL SEMINARY, PUNE- JUBILEE which I sent several times and am sending again. I have written to the Bishops who I understand were present, but have received no responses. Yours obediently, Michael

 

03. From:
Cardinal’s Office
To:
prabhu

Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 10:08 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Dear Michael Prabhu,

Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil is in Rome for the Synod of Bishops.

As soon as he comes back he will comment on your article.

Fr. Secretary
[MAJOR ARCHBISHOP, ERNAKULAM-ANGAMALY; PRESIDENT, SYRO-MALABAR BISHOPS’ SYNOD]

[The above is their response to the ASHRAMS REPORT first sent on October 8]

From:
prabhu
To:
Cardinal’s Office
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 7:33 PM [REMINDER ON 31 OCTOBER]

Subject: Fw: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS- FOLLOW UP

Dear Fr. Secretary, I now look forward to an acknowledgement from His Eminence, Cardinal Varkey, to this very important issue of the conduct in our Catholic Ashrams. Thanking you for your kind reply.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu [ASHRAMS Report sent again on NOV 11. NO RESPONSE]

 

41. From:
Bishop’s House, Ujjain
To:
prabhu

Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 8:14 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the
CATHOLIC ASHRAMS
– FOLLOW UP

Kindly send me once again. I had some problem to open the attachment and I lost it.

Bishop Sebastian [Vadakel]
BISHOP OF UJJAIN

 

From:
Bishop’s House, Ujjain  To:
prabhu

Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2005 10:14 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS IN INDIA

I am sorry that I coud not yet open the attachement

Bishop S. Vadakel

 

From:
Bishop’s House, Ujjain
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:30 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS IN INDIA

Dear Michael Prabhu,

Thanks for the article (both in soft and hard modes). it is a great work. I appreciate your commitment to renew the Church. Continue in the same spirit. With every good wish

Bishop Sebastian Vadakel
				

MY REPLY
: Your Grace, I thank you for your kind acknowledgement, and your encouragement.

I am confident that your good self and our Bishops will do the needful to safeguard our Church against error.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

From:
					Bishop's House, Ujjain
					To:
					prabhu
				

Sent: Friday, November 25, 2005 11:14 PM Subject: Re: CATHOLIC ASHRAMS report 

I recieved the hard copy as well as the mail message of Catholic Ashram. Your reflection in this regard  are really wonderful.

 

 

 

4.

 

52. From: <bpgorantla1@rediffmail.com> To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 8:27 PM Subject: vacation mail

Dear Friend,
Thanks a lot for your e mail message and it will be immediately attended to when it is read. With blessings
+Bishop Johannes
[Gorantla, BISHOP OF
KURNOOL]

 

53. From:
Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Kallarakkal
To:
prabhu

Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2000 12:15 AM [OCTOBER 25, 2005] Subject: Re: Thanks for the greetings

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Prabhu,

I wish to thank you for your thoughtfulness in remembering me during these past days, especially Oct. 4th & Oct. 10th being my patron’s day and  the birth day respectively.

May God bless you and your family.   Thank you also for sending me by e-mail what is going on in the Catholic Ashrams.  I think what is happening these days must be able to open our eyes and the Church authority must look into those aspects and  find out the timely solutions as a joint venture.

+Francis Kallarakal [BISHOP OF KOTTAPURAM]

MY REPLY OF OCT 30 : Your Grace, I thank you for your gracious acknowledgement of my emails.

I sincerely trust that the Bishops will together do something about the ASHRAMS situation.

I would like to point out that there is an error in your computer, and you could arrange with the technician to get it fixed. If you will see below, the DATE of your email to me shows as JANUARY 1, 2000, whereas it was actually sent on OCTOBER 25, 2005. Glad to be at your service. Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

37. From:
prabhu
To:
cbcimo ; hdsouzain@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:40 PM

From:
CBCI MEDIA OFFICE  To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 9:36 PM Subject: Re: THE CATHOLIC ASHRAM MOVEMENT

Thank you Michael for the mail. You are welcome to send the document by E-mail. The E-mail IDs you requested:

Abp Oswald Gracias: abpossie@sancharnet.in Bp Antony Devotta: trichidio@eth.net

Bp Leo Cornelio: lcornel@sancharnet.in With best wishes,

HDS [FR. HENRY D’SOUZA,

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CBCI MEDIA OFFICE, COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS]

 

From:
CBCI MEDIA OFFICE
To:
prabhu

Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2005 11:18 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Thank you Prabhu for the document. It appears that you have put in lot of effort. With best wishes, HDS

MY REPLY OF NOV 12 : Dear Fr. Henry, Bishops Leo and Antony have responded to my report. So have a few dozen other Bishops and Commissions, and the Holy See.

The ASHRAMS report was written in the context of my earlier Letter to the Vatican which is now attached here for your kind perusal. Thank you, Michael

 

54. From:
prabhu
To:
fabc@hkdavc.com

Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:24 PM Subject: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

KIND ATTENTION: ASST. SECRETARY-GENERAL FR. EDWARD F. MALONE, FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCES

 

From:
fabc
To:
prabhu

Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 9:00 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Michael,

I read with interest the summary pages of New Age in Catholic Ashrams in India. I will keep my ears to the ground on this matter and may suggest we discuss it at our next FABC meeting. Thanks for sending the text as well as the short alert about the Lotus and the Cross. Sincerely in Christ,

Ray O'Toole SFM FABC Central Secretariat, Hong Kong

MY REPLY OF OCTOBER 29 : DEAR FR. RAY,

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND AND PROMPT REPLY. I DO PRAY THAT SOMETHING WILL BE DONE BY OUR BISHOPS. I THANK OUR LORD JESUS FOR GOOD PRIESTS LIKE YOU. MAY YOUR TRIBE INCREASE.

IN JESUS’ NAME, MICHAEL

PS. I take the liberty of attaching here my Letter to the Vatican– referred to in my report on the ASHRAMS.

I received favourable acknowledgements to it from around 30 Indian Bishops and Cardinals.

 

 

 

5.

 

55. From:
Virginia Saldanha
To:
prabhu

Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:55 PM Subject: Re: THE CATHOLIC ASHRAM MOVEMENT

Dear Michael Prabhu,

I am no longer the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Women in the CBCI.  Please go to the CBCI website for the latest information.  However I would be interested to know what you have to say about the Ashram movement – if you could send a hard copy to my address: B/’ Pearl Queen, North Avenue; Santa Cruz, Mumbai 400 054.

I do not agree with your position, but am open to your views. Sincerely,

Virginia Saldanha

Executive Secretary FABC Office of Laity, Family & Women’s Desk Fax/Phone: 26490161
[My report was addressed to
Ms. VIRGINIA SALDANHA, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CBCI WOMEN’S COMMISSION]

 

From:
Virginia Saldanha
To:
prabhu

Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2005 12:53 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

The address is B/4. I am sorry, since I am abroad and using someone else’s computer I cannot send you the email of Lily Francis SMMI, who is the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Women.  

I will find an opportunity to go thru the soft copy sometime.  I am busy with my travels till end Nov. Virginia Saldanha

[Letter to the Vatican attachment sent on NOV 12]

 

14. From:
Bishop Leo
To:
prabhu

Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 8:53 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– a response!

Dear Michael Prabhu,

Thank you for your long and well studied article which I have received. Since I need time to read it at length it would not be right on my part to comment on it for the present. With many good wishes,

Bishop Leo Cornelio [SVD,
BISHOP OF
KHANDWA]

 

56. From:
MD THOMAS
To:
prabhu

Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 11:16 PM Subject: Re: THE CATHOLIC ASHRAM MOVEMENT

dear mr michael,

thanks for the mail. you are welcome to send a copy of your findings about the ashrams. with thanks [SENT]

md thomas. [FR. M D THOMAS MST., EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CBCI COMMISSION FOR DIALOGUE AND ECUMENISM] 

 

From:
					MD THOMAS
					To:
					prabhu
					Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 9:34 AM Subject: reply wishes

dear mr michael, 

thanks for the document. i glanced through the document. i shall see to the matter. good wishes 

md thomas.

From:
prabhu
To:
MD THOMAS
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 9:28 AM Subject: Reply

Dear Fr. Thomas, Thank you for your acknowledgement. You will be pleased to know that I have just received a fairly encouraging response from one of the Pontifical Councils. The ASHRAMS report refers to a certain “Letter to the Vatican” which I wrote earlier. It is now attached here. Love and Prayers, Michael

 

57. From:
BISHOP’S HOUSE
To:
prabhu

Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:17 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Thank you for information. I have received your message and the attachment.

I need time to go through. Thank you anyway.

[MOST REV. LUCAS KERKETTA SVD, BISHOP OF SAMBALPUR]

 

13. From:
chackoji
To:
prabhu

Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:32 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Michael,

I thank you for your email and the informative research. I shall go through it.

Bishop Chacko [BISHOP OF JHABUA]

LET US KEEP ON COMMUNICATING You may use any, all or a combination of my following email addresses to reach me. All  these addresses are accessed regularly. It is possible that one or the other address is not working for a time due to server problems. bishopchacko@eth.net
bishop@jhabuadiocese.org
chackoji@sancharnet.in
ijchacko@sancharnet.in
tjchacko@hotmail.com(personal) bishopchacko@gmail.com(personal)

 

 

 

 

6.

 

58. From:
Vincent Barwa
To:

prabhu

Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 11:49 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Prabhu,
Peace be with you ! I have received the E-mail sent by you “New Age in the Catholic Ashram“.

I will study it. Thank you!
+Vincent Barwa. [AUXILIARY BISHOP OF RANCHI]

 

59. From:
Bishop
To:
prabhu

Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 10:41 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,

Thanks for your mail and the attached material about new age movements. I will go through it shortly, but it is very useful information I am sure. Thanks again. With best regards,

Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’ Souza
BISHOP OF MANGALORE

MY REPLY OF NOV 10 : Your Grace, I thank you very much for your kind acknowledgement of my ASHRAMS report.

I trust that you have read through it by now, and that you will work with the other Bishops to do the needful.

I have received responses from several Bishops and Commissions, as well as one from Rome.

Your brother Fr. Charles was my parish priest (and confessor) at St. Michael’s in Delhi in the mid ’80s.

I take this opportunity to wish you God's blessings in advance as you prepare for the 39th anniversary of your priestly ordination
					on December 3. Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

From:
Bishop
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:37 AM Subject: Thanks

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your e-mail of 10th November. You have done service to the Catholic Community, by creating an awareness. It is certainly a good work. God bless you for it. Thanks for your wishes. With best regards,

Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D' Souza
				

 

60. From:
Bp.Gregory Karotemprel CMI
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, [February] October 29, 2000 3:43 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Prabhu,

Thank you very much for your email with an attachment report on New Age in catholic Ashrams. I glanced through it. With my prayerful good wishes, Yours in Our Lord

†Gregory Karotemprel CMI
					BISHOP OF RAJKOT
				

MY REPLY OF OCT 30 : YOUR GRACE, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND AND VERY PROMPT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

I TRUST THAT THE BISHOPS WILL DO THE NEEDFUL ABOUT THE ASHRAMS MOVEMENT.

I JUST ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT TO YOU THAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A SMALL CORRECTION ON YOUR COMPUTER, AS THE MONTH IS BEING SHOWN AS FEBRUARY INSTEAD OF OCTOBER AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW.

AT YOUR SERVICE IN JESUS' NAME MICHAEL PRABHU

 

61. From:
Lumen Monteiro
To:
prabhu

Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2005 7:18 AM Subject: Re: GOD’s BLESSINGS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY

Dear Prabhu and family,

Thanks so much for your good wishes, prayers and above all THOUGHTFULNESS on the occasion of my Ordination Anniversary, which actually was also the Silver Anniversary! The Jubilee Committee surprised me with a grand program, beginning on with a ‘vigil’ on the 27th! The Mass and Felicitation Program followed by a sumptuous Dinner were the high point of the day! These lines from my homily summarize my sentiments: Today I want to say THANK YOU to God for my life as a priest for the past 25 years,….”

Thank you again for being part of my joy. It was a real surprise to have a note from you. It was even more surprising to know how quickly and silently you took leave from the community.  I wish you well in all you do.  God bless.

+Lumen, CSC
[LUMEN MONTEIRO CSC, BISHOP OF AGARTALA]

MY REPLY:
YOUR GRACE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. I HOWEVER COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEANT BY THIS LINE IN YOUR LETTER TO ME :
“It was even more surprising to know how quickly and silently you took leave from the community.” COULD YOU KINDLY CLARIFY. IT MAYBE THAT YOU ARE CONFUSING ME WITH ANOTHER FRIEND OF YOURS.  I HAVE ALSO SENT YOU SEPARATELY MY REPORT ON WHAT IS BEING PRACTISED AND TAUGHT IN THE “CATHOLIC ASHRAMS“.

COULD YOU PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THAT EMAIL AND THE CONCERNED ATTACHMENT ?
OBEDIENTLY YOURS, MICHAEL PRABHU

From:
Lumen Monteiro
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 2:17 PM Subject: Name confusion

Sorry Mr. Prabhu, I really mistook you for another person whom I had known and is now in Chennai.  He left one of our communities and got married it seems, without letting anyone of us know.  In fact he went home for holidays and never returned.  SORRY FOR THE MISTAKE. God bless. 

+Lumen, CSC                                                                                                                                                       7.

MY REPLY : YOUR GRACE, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND EXPLANATION.

BUT TO ME WHAT IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT IS THIS: I HAVE ALSO SENT YOU SEPARATELY, ON OCTOBER 24, MY IN-DEPTH RESEARCHED REPORT ON WHAT IS BEING PRACTISED AND TAUGHT IN THE “CATHOLIC ASHRAMS“. COULD YOU PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THAT EMAIL AND THE CONCERNED ATTACHMENT? I THINK THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE RECEIVED IT SO I AM SENDING IT ONCE AGAIN IN A FOLLOWING E-MAIL. YOURS OBEDIENTLY, MICHAEL PRABHU [NO RESPONSE]

 

62. From: “CBCI-PRO” <cbcipro@bol.net.in> To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 11:49 AM Subject: Thanks for the mail

Dear Fr Prabhu,
Thanks for the mail and the report on Ashrams in India. I will go through them and inform the right people in Indian hierarchy about it. In the meantime I would be glad if you can write a small column for our Indiancatholic.com on the archetecture of Indian churhes. It will be informative and interesting, I am sure. I will get back to you soon,
With best regards,
Fr Babu Joseph SVD[CBCI MEDIA/INFORMATION OFFICE, SPOKESPERSON]

MY REPLY OF OCT 31 :
Dear Fr. Babu Joseph,

I greatly appreciate your prompt and gracious reply. However, I am not a priest but a married lay person. I sincerely hope that my letter did not mislead you in any way, by anything that I had written.

I am edified by your assurance that my report will be seriously treated by you and our ecclesial authorities. Already several Bishops have responded most encouragingly.

I must also thank you for your asking me to write a column for you, and it would be my privilege to do so. However it would divert valuable resources from my ministry which is quite different, as you can see from my ASHRAMS report.

My articles are being carried in a couple of Catholic magazines, and have earlier appeared in The Examiner. I have to do much research and travel to fulfil existing commitments. However, there are other reports, exposes and articles, even short summaries of Vatican Documents, that I have written, are widely circulated among leaders in the Church in India and abroad. I could always adapt some of them for you in case you find their contents useful.

I was an active parishioner of St. Michael’s, Prasad Nagar from 1979 to 1992.

Once again, thanking you Father Babu for your confidence in me and my capabilities, At your service in Jesus’ Name

Michael Prabhu [Letter to the Vatican attachment sent on Nov. 12]

 

From: “CBCI-PRO” <cbcipro@bol.net.in> To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 12:13 PM Subject: Thanks Prabhu

Dear Prabhu,
Thanks for your mail and the report of your studies on Asharam in India. As I had said before, I will bring it to the notice of the appropriate ecclesiatical authorities for their consideration and decision. With best wishes

Fr Babu Joseph

MY REPLY OF OCT 31 :
Dear Fr. Babu Joseph,

My many heartfelt thanks to you. Just today I received a response from Bishop Percival Fernandez, the Chairman of your Department, permitting me to send him a hardcopy of the ASHRAMS report. Michael

 

63. From: From: “James A. Toppo” <bishjal@yahoo.co.uk> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 8:58 AM Subject: Re: GOD’S BLESSINGS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY

Dear Michael Prabhu,
On behalf of late Bp. James A. Toppo I thank you for the episcople anniversary wishes. May I let you know that beloved Bp. J.A. Toppo expired on 4th May 2004, in St. John’s Medical Hospital Bangalore wish his hsort illness. His sickness of luekamea was discovered rather late. Kindly praye for his eternal rest. May God bless both husband and wife. Thankig and wishing you good health, Yours sincerely in christ.

Msgr Eliazar Kerketta. [DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR OF
JALPAIGURI]

MY REPLY OF OCT 31 :
						DEAR MSGR. ELIAZAR KERKETTA,

I deeply regret the passing of our good Bishop and Shepherd Most Rev. James Toppo.

Normally I keep in touch with any events like this, but this time I am surprised and shocked. If I recall correctly, the Bishop’s BIRTHDAY was on May 3, and you say that he went to be with the Lord on May 4!!!!

In the email address of the late Bishop Toppo from which you have replied, I have sent two other letters on 24th and 26th of October under the caption “NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS” with an attachment giving the details of what is going on in these institutions. I am sure that you must have received them along with the email that you replied to. Could you please confirm? Could you please also give me the name and email id [e-address] of the present Bishop of Jalpaiguri so that I may send it to him directly? Yours obediently, MICHAEL PRABHU

 

 

8.

 

 

From: “James A. Toppo” <bishjal@yahoo.co.uk> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:21 AM Subject: Re: Reply to Msgr Eliazar Kerketta

Dear Prabhu Michael,     

Thanks for the e. mail. I have to check the letters of yours addressed to late james A. Toppo. I am at the moment not able to confirm it. Yes you are right that His birth day is on 3rd may and he passed away on 4th of may. Today Fr. Bernard a Jesuit priest and brother of late james along with his younger brother Paul are here to offere mass for his soul. We do not have yet new Bishop. let us pray that there will be a new biushop soon. Till such time I am looking after the ministry of the diocese. Kindly remember me in your prayers. E. mail is the same till now. Thanking you
Msgr. Eliazar Kerketta

MY REPLY : Dear Fr. Eliazar,
I thank you for your patience and generosity in your replies. I trust that you will find the report on the ASHRAMS and go through it carefully. I also pray that in God's plan and will, a good priest, maybe even your goodself, is elevated as Bishop. If you have found the time to write two letters to me, a stranger, then you will definitely dedicate all your time to the pastoral work of the diocese if you are the Bishop. God bless you, Michael

 

64. From:
Fr Alex Vadakumthala
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:51 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Mr Michael, 

Thanks for sending the write up on Catholic Ashrams in India. I shall go through it.

Fr Alex [Vadakumthala, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, HEALTH CARE APOSTOLATE OF THE CBCI]

REPLY : DEAR REV. FR. ALEX, I ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF YOUR LETTER AND AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR IT. I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL DO THE NEEDFUL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR VOCATION. MICHAEL PRABHU

[Letter to the Vatican attachment sent on NOV 12]

 

65. From:
Bishop Patrick D’Souza
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 2:41 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

My dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,

Thank you for your email of October 25, 2005. I am impressed by your devotion to the Church. You are using names of various persons in these papers. These will be circulated every where. Please make sure that what you say is fully correct. Yours in Our Lord,

+Patrick DSouza BISHOP OF VARANASI

MY REPLY : Your Grace, I thank you very much for your gracious acknowledgement of my report.

I take very seriously your caution regarding authentication of my statements. I would like to say to you that I take every care to research my work thoroughly, and I do not state anything without documentation. Several Bishops have learnt from experience to have full confidence in my work.

In the case of certain Bishops whose names are mentioned in my reports such as the one on ASHRAMS, I write personally to the concerned Bishop at least three times by email and once by post, and include the reference to them only on failing to elicit any response.

Kindly pray for my ministry. We lay persons look to pro-active Bishops like you, who have a burden for the Church, for intervening to restrain those who are introducing grave errors in the Church in India. Thanking you, Michael

 

35. From:
CBCI Centre
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 5:37 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

My dear Michael,

Thanks for the information. Various movements have sprung up in the history of the Church during the last 2000 years, but the Church of Christ is strong enough to withstand all and whatever is not in conformity with the deposit of her faith.

The Church will carry on her mission, strong and firm, until the final manifestation of the Lord. This is our faith.

Fr. Donald [D’Souza. DEPUTY SECY. GENERAL OF CBCI and DIRECTOR OF THE CBCI CENTRE]

MY REPLY :
Dear Fr. Donald,

Thank you for your prompt and Faith-filled reply.

I agree with you. But it still remains for prophets to speak up, intercessors to pray, and martyrs to shed their blood for the Church. I am confident that you know what to do concerning the contents of my report.

God bless you and your vocation. Michael [Letter to the Vatican attachment sent on NOV 12]

 

07. From:
Archbishop Lucas Sirkar
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 3:25 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

ATTENTION, MICHAEL PRABHU

This is to thank you for sending “New Age in the Catholic Ashrams” on 24th and 26th October 2005. God bless you!

With good wishes, and prayers, Yours ever in christ,

+ Abp. S. Lucas. [ARCHBISHOP OF
					CALCUTTA]                                                                                        9.

MY REPLY : Your Grace, I thank you for your kind acknowledgement.

I am confident that your good self and our Bishops will do the needful to safeguard our Church against error.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

26. From:
Bp. Sebastian Adayanthrath
To:
prabhu

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:28 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Thank you for this letter. I shall read it in the weeks to come

Bp. S [Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath
AUXILIARY BISHOP OF ERNAKULAM-ANGAMALY]

MY REPLY : Your Grace, I thank you for your kind acknowledgement.

I am confident that your good self and our Bishops will do the needful to safeguard our Church against error.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

66. From: <bishopjg@sancharnet.in> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:40 AM Subject: Re NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS- FOLLOW UP

Due to internet problem the attachment couldn’t opened.
Bishop Simon Stock Palathra CMI [BISHOP OF
JAGDALPUR]

[ATTACHMENT SENT AGAIN NOVEMBER 10, FOLLOW UP NOVEMBER 16. NO RESPONSE]

 

67. From:
vati089
To:
‘prabhu’

Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 11:02 PM Subject: R: NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS IN INDIA

Dear Mr. Prabhu

After a preliminary investigation of the subject of your email, we have come to find out that Ashram movement is a national movement, and as such, not within our competency as this Pontifical Council deals with International Movements. The Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity ask that your redirect your inquiry to the local bishop where the movement is active.  

If, after this inquiry is made, and still no satisfactory response is offered, we suggest as a last extreme, that you direct your inquiry to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Pontifical Council for the Laity

MY REPLY OF NOV 5:

To, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, The President, Through, The Undersecretary,

Pontifical Council for the Laity

I thank you for your kind letter of November 4.

In the context of your letter and my detailed Report, I would like to submit to you the following.

1. While the Ashram Movement is certainly a ‘national’ one in the sense of its having its roots in India,

a) it is now transnational because many copy-cat ashrams have sprung up in the West, most of them having ties, links and connections with Indian ashrams, particularly Shantivanam.

b) the Indian leaders and activists of the Movement are exporting its ideologies and practices to the West- to Australia, the United States, countries of the European Union, etc.

Concerned priests and lay Catholic leaders have written to me from these places.

c) the New Age components of the Movement have been absorbed from the West.

2. The Ashram Movement, which already has spread its errors, will result in a rapid and probably irrecoverable Hindu-isation of the Catholic Church in India. And will have a similar impact on other Asian nations.

It will soon be too late for damage control measures by the Vatican.

a) Since a few Bishops, especially those from one or two particular religious orders, are already closely associated with different aspects and activities of  the Movement, it is already having an impact  at the ASIAN level as I have noted from reading certain reports on JEPASA [Jesuit Provincials of South Asia] and the FABC [Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference].

b) As more Bishops are elevated in the future, an increasing number of them will be priests who have had exposure, and I would say ‘indoctrination’, [either at the Ashrams, or from professors who are associated with them] during their formation. There will be fewer and fewer Bishops loyal to Rome to oppose these new Bishops. Reports coming from the recent jubilee celebrations of the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth [formerly the Papal Seminary] in Pune, are an indication of this alarming trend. [This will be the subject of a report that will be issued next week].

c) The powerful NBCLC [National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre] in Bangalore exerts an influence that extends beyond national boundaries.

3. The Movement uses blasphemy, teaches heresy, practices sacrilege, and advocates a rebellion against the Magisterium of the Holy See. The specifics and details can be found in my Report. Since this involves diverse aspects of Catholic faith and living, it therefore is the concern of, as I see it, MOST of the Congregations and Councils in Rome, and not just your Council or the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 10.

However I have written to that particular Dicastery too, and I await their response. I have in fact submitted reports to that Congregation on connected issues since several years, even when it was headed by our present Holy Father, but I received no acknowledgement.

Regarding your suggestion to me to direct my “inquiry to the local bishop where the movement is active”,

I have already sent copies of the Report to all [that means about 165] of the Bishops because there are Ashrams in almost every State and Union Territory of India; and even if a particular Diocese does not have an Ashram, there is always the likelihood of one being started there, given the present trend.

Moreover, I believe that many Bishops are genuinely unaware of what is really going on in these Ashrams, and a reading of my report may bring an awareness to them.

Though it is a month since I sent them the Ashrams Report, only a few Bishops have responded.  Those who did not respond include many Bishops whose Dioceses are host to major Ashrams. I may add that I have sent at least one reminder, and in some cases upto three, to each Bishop’s email address. Those few Bishops who have responded to my Report have been very encouraging in their replies. I have also received scores of letters from concerned seminarians, priests and lay leaders from all across India and the world. They are alarmed at the revelations in my report. I am sure that you too must be seriously concerned after reading it.

In view of all the above, I look forward to further suggestions and / or action from your end.

Thanking you, Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu Chennai India

With email copies to my own Archbishop and Auxiliary Bishop [Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore] who are among those whose responses I still await with all confidence:

MOST REV. A. MALAYAPPAN CHINNAPPA

MOST REV. LAWRENCE PIUS D. [NO RESPONSE FROM ANY OF THE THREE]

 

12. From: Frederick d’souza <jhansidiocese@yahoo.co.in> To: prabhu <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2005 10:23 PM Subject: Re: ASHRAMS

Dear Michael prabhu,
Praised be our Lord Jesus and Mother Mary! Thanks for your e-mail regarding 100 A4 page report. Certainly I will be able to go through it very slowly as I find time. However I will love to receive it.
Rt. Rev. Frederick D’Souza
BISHOP OF JHANSI
prabhu <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> wrote:
Your Grace, I have just completed the almost 100 A4 page report on the New Age in the Church in India with special reference to the Catholic Ashrams – there are between 50-90 of them now, and many have sprung up in Europe and the States. Several were founded by European priests who came here and “inculturated”.
Then they were re-exported to the West. Many New Agers from the West are discussed in this report. It is prepared as a Word Document. Around 800 kb and may take 2 or 3 minutes to download. It contains a section on Fr. Joe Pereira and KRIPA FOUNDATION of Mumbai / Goa / Mangalore etc., comments on Yoga etc. It is painstakingly researched and contains extensive and detailed info. on various aspects of New Age. There are many shocking revelations of how deep New Age has penetrated into the Church, the NBCLC, etc. I will be sending it to you in a few days time if you will kindly confirm that you would like to have it. With Prayer, Michael Prabhu, CHENNAI

 

From: “Frederick d’souza” <jhansidiocese@yahoo.co.in> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 9:13 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Dear Michael,
I have asked Fr. Secretary to print out 81-85, will read when I return from Delhi. This is also to acknowledge receipt
God Bless You, Yours in Christ’
Most Rev. Frederick D’Souza

MY REPLY OF NOV 7: YOUR GRACE, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

I TRUST THAT EVENTUALLY YOU WILL FIND THE TIME TO READ THE ENTIRE REPORT. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND ON A WAR-FOOTING! I HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THE BISHOPS WILL DO THE NEEDFUL. MICHAEL

 

From: “Frederick d’souza” <jhansidiocese@yahoo.co.in> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 6:06 PM Subject: Re: Reply

Dear Michael Prabhu,
Praised be our Jesus Christ and Mother Mary. I went through your summary 81-85 this morning Sunday 6th. Very well documented since you are focused on “New Age” and do read a lot as well as visit places and meet persons responsible – you can dare to make a critical evaluation.
At the same time we cannot block the research and genuine effort – LOCK STOCK and BARREL. Few people do
it – Many mistakes will be there. People like you who are also genuine should certainly interact. Thesis – antithesis and synthesis are part of our struggle. I appreciate your Orthodoxy and clear insight with love for the Church. I am sure light and love will shine and unite and bring out the best for true Evangelisation. God bless you, Yours in the Lord,
Most Rev. Frederick D’ Souza     11.

MY REPLY OF NOVEMBER 8: Your Grace, I need your help very much here.

In January 2002, you sent me the xeroxed pages from a Catholic book. The pages nos 82 to 105 contained an article or chapter rather, titled “The New Age Movement: A Challenge of our Time”. It was written by Sr. Epifania Brasil OP.

I wrote to you two or three times asking you for more information about it, but you did not respond to that question. From those sheets of paper, I could not even find out the name of the book.

Now one of my friends in Europe, a lay person who is an international speaker, writer and crusader against the New Age and New Religious Movements [NAM and NRMs], she has obtained an audience with the Holy Father to speak about these things. She wants to know about this nun SR. EPIFANIA, to contact her.

Could you please, kindly look in your library for the book, and give me its FULL PUBLISHING DETAILS, very urgently?

Love and Prayers, Michael Prabhu

 

From: <jhansidiocese@yahoo.co.in> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:08 PM Subject: Re: FROM MICHAEL PRABHU

Dear Michael,
I am sorry I am not able to trace that Catholic Book from which I asked you to read Sr. Epiphania Brazil OP. I ought to have mentioned the Book. Unfortunately I did not do that. May be some OP’s will trace her (Nagpur?) if you have friends there!!! Yours in Christ,
Bishop Frederick D’ Souza

 

47. From: “Gali Bali” <galibali@hotmail.com> To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 7:19 PM Subject: Bishop Gali Bali

Dear Prabhu,
Greetings of Joy and Peace to you in the Lord. Thank you for your e-mail and for your prayerful greetings for my episcopal Anniversary. My secretary told me that the attachment you have sent is running into 100 pages or so and hence, it is not advisable to down load it. Bishop Thomas Dabre of Vasai is the Chairman of the CBCI Doctrinal Commission and as such he is the competent person to make a study of your paper about the Ashrams and take action if anything is really wrong. You may therefore send the attachment to him with your suggestions.
With kind regards and prayerful wishes. Yours Sincerely,
+Gali Bali
BISHOP OF GUNTUR
MY REPLY OF NOV 7: Your Grace, I thank you immensely for your acknowledgement of my report.

I beg to submit to you that my report on what is happening in our Catholic Ashrams is a matter of extremely serious concern for ALL Bishops, and even your Father Secretary. While I have received a very encouraging response from Bishop Dabre who has very kindly been in touch with me for almost a couple of years now, may I request you to please examine the report, which is thoroughly researched, and give this ministry your valued support. You may be aware that there are several of these Ashrams in your own State of Andhra Pradesh. I am confident that, as a Pastor and a part of the Church’s teaching authority, you will do so. God bless you, Michael Prabhu

 

43. From:
Archbishop’s House
To:
prabhu

Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 10:25 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

Thank you for your e-mail of 1.11.05. I have downloaded the attachment. Kindly send the entire thing to Bishop Thomas Dabre, Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission of the CBCI. His e-mail address is: dbkjc@blr.vsnl.net.in

With warm regards, Yours sincerely in Christ,

+ Vincent M. Concessao
ARCHBISHOP OF DELHI  

 

MY REPLY OF NOV 7: Your Grace, I thank you immensely for your acknowledgement of my report.

I beg to submit to you that my report on what is happening in our Catholic Ashrams is a matter of extremely serious concern for ALL Bishops.

While I have received a very encouraging response from Bishop Dabre who has very kindly been in touch with me for almost a couple of years now, and also from one Vatican Pontifical Council, may I request you to please examine the report, which is thoroughly researched, and give this ministry your valued support. I am confident that, as a Pastor and a part of the Church’s teaching authority, you will do so. God bless you, Michael Prabhu

 

68. From:
ICYM
To:
prabhu

Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 3:32 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Dear Michael,

I am in receipt of your mails. Thank you. God Bless! 

Fr. Alwyn D’Souza [EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CBCI COMMISSION FOR YOUTH]

MY REPLY OF NOV 11: Dear Father Alwyn, I thank you for your kind acknowledgement.

I am confident that you will know the right thing to do with the information that I have provided to you.

God bless your vocation and your ministry. Michael Prabhu [Letter to the Vatican attachment sent on NOV 12] 12.

31. From:
crcdc
To:
prabhu

Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:08 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Fr. Michael,

greetings! thanks for your e-mail along with the attachment. I will let you know about a copy of the book. congratulations for your mighty works. May the Lord bless you. with good wishes, I remain, Yours in the Lord

Fr. Bernard Digal [Secretary to Raphael Cheenath, SVD, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar]

MY REPLY OF NOV 10: Dear Fr. Bernard Digal, I thank you for your kind acknowledgement. I am not a priest [not

Fr. Michael] but a lay person, a Catholic evangelist. I hope that I did not mislead you in any way. Also, I do not understand what book
you are referring to. Could you please explain? With kind regards, Michael Prabhu

[ASHRAMS REPORT sent on 24 and 26 October, reminders on 1 & 10 November. NO RESPONSE]

 

69. From: “Fr. Sharma” <anath@wlink.com.np> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 6:49 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Dear Michael,
Thank you! Yes, I did receive your message and the attachment. God bless you!
A. Sharma [MSGR. ANTHONY FRANCIS SHARMA SJ, APOSTOLIC PREFECT, KATHMANDU, NEPAL]

MY REPLY : Dear Fr. Anthony,

I thank you very much for your kind acknowledgement. And for your blessings and encouragement to this ministry.

The ASHRAMS report was in the context of the Letter to the Vatican which is attached here for your perusal.

I have received acknowledgements to both letters/ reports from the Holy See.

I am confident that the Lord will lead you to do the right thing with the revelations of my report on our ASHRAMS.

God bless you and your priestly vocation. Yours obediently, Michael

 

70. From:
Fr Siluvai
To:
prabhu

Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 8:22 AM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Dear Father Prabhu!

Thank you very much for your both mails which I received. It is interesting going through it. In September I visited Shanthivanam. with best wishes and assurance of prayers,

Siluvai Ignaci [FR. SILUVAI IGNACI, NATIONAL DIRECTOR, PONTIFICAL MISSION ORGANIZATIONS]

MY REPLY : Dear Fr. Siluvai,

I thank you very much for your kind acknowledgement. And for your blessings and encouragement to this ministry.

The ASHRAMS report was in the context of the Letter to the Vatican which is attached here for your perusal.

I have received acknowledgements to both letters/ reports from the Holy See.

Father, I am not a priest, which you can see if you carefully read my covering letter and report. I am a Catholic full-time lay evangelist. I hope that I did not inadvertently mislead you. I also greatly appreciate your humility in letting me know that you visited Shantivanam recently.

I am confident that the Lord will lead you to do the right thing with the revelations of my report on our ASHRAMS.

God bless you and your priestly vocation. Yours obediently, Michael

 

71. From:
Nithiya-JPD-CBCI
To:
prabhu

Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 5:37 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,

Greetings from Delhi. I had been out of station for some meetings and am back here again. Thank you for the note that you had sent to me. Yours,

Fr. Nithiya [REV. FR. NITHIYA SAGAYAM OFM Cap.,

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, JUSTICE, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION OF THE CBCI]

MY REPLY : Dear Fr. Nithiya,

I thank you very much for your kind acknowledgement. And for your blessings and encouragement to this ministry. The ASHRAMS report was in the context of the Letter to the Vatican which is attached here for your perusal.

I have received acknowledgements to both letters/ reports from the Holy See.

I am confident that the Lord will lead you to do the right thing with the revelations of my report on our ASHRAMS.

God bless you and your priestly vocation. Yours obediently, Michael

 

72. From:
Thirusannidhy  To:
prabhu

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2005 4:15 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

received you mail

[MOST REV. CYRIL MAR BASELIOS, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP-CATHOLICOS, TRIVANDRUM

PRESIDENT- THE SYRO-MALABAR BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE, VICE-PRESIDENT- CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA]


13.

MY REPLY : Your Grace, I thank you very much for your kind acknowledgement. I sent this email to all the Bishops of the CBCI. I am aware that this is an acknowledgement from one of you, but I am unable to identify the sender.

Could you please respond to this letter identifying the sender? Michael Prabhu

To:
Thirusannidhy
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2005 8:39 PM; again November 16 and 23 [NO RESPONSE]

 

73. From:
Percival Fernandez
To:
prabhu

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2005 8:56 PM Subject: Re: NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS– FOLLOW UP

Please note that I NEVER OPEN ATTACHMENTS !

Percy
[PERCIVAL J. FERNANDEZ, AUXILIARY BISHOP OF BOMBAY]

MY REPLY OF NOV 13 : Your Grace, I thank you for your letter. I respect your practice of never opening attachments. However, I expect that you read the covering letter from me. May I send you the ASHRAMS report by post so that you can read the hardcopy at your leisure? I await your response. Yours obediently, MICHAEL PRABHU CHENNAI

 

From:
Percival Fernandez
To:
prabhu

Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:33 PM Subject: Re: Reply to HIS GRACE BISHOP PERCIVAL FERNANDEZ

Dear Michael,

I do not open attachments, because I had to face a disaster with everything crashing in my computer. Since then I NEVER OPEN ATTACHEMENTS. Neither do I take copies of material received by email!!!!! You are welcome to send me material by ordinary mail. Thanks, Percy

MY REPLY OF NOV 14: Your Grace, I understood why you were not opening the attachment. I am really sorry to hear how you once lost everything that was stored in your pc. I take the precaution of regularly transferring everything to a CD. I thank you for permitting me to send you a hardcopy, and I shall do the same tomorrow. God bless you, Michael

 

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

Thank you for the material you have sent me. But before I go through it, I would kindly request you to send me the following information, as you have stated that yours is a Catholic ministry, and we at the CBCI are not aware of this ministry: (1) a copy of your appointment letter as an Evangelist; (2) the responsibilities and duties detailed by the authority who has appointed you to this position; (3) when and by whom you were inducted into this ministry; and (4) a letter from your Archbishop certifying the above. Thanking you,

+ Percival Fernandez
SECRETARY GENERAL: CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA

cc: Most Rev. A. Malayappan Chinnappa, sdb [Letter dated November 29, 2005]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Percival Fernandez
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 10:30 PM Subject: REPLY TO HIS GRACE

YOUR GRACE, 

THE FOLLOWING LETTER IS IN RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER OF 29 NOVEMBER.

IT IS PREPARED AS A WORD FILE WHICH WILL BE PRINTED OUT AND SENT TO YOU BY POST.

IT IS COPIED AND REPRODUCED HERE FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS.

I WILL DO THE SAME IN THE FOLLOWING EMAIL. YOURS OBEDIENTLY MICHAEL

ATTACHMENT COPIED AND INCLUDED IN THE EMAIL: “LETTER TO BISHOP PERCIVAL FERNANDEZ”

To: Percival Fernandez Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 10:46 PM Subject: REPLY TO HIS GRACE- CONTINUED
Your Grace, As mentioned in my earlier email, I am copying and pasting here some information about my ministry which is uploaded on my website. No. 2 below is my testimony, and it will give you information about me which is not included in the earlier email. Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

ATTACHMENTS COPIED AND INCLUDED IN THE EMAIL: [1] ABOUT THIS MINISTRY [2] ABOUT US

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Percival Fernandez
Cc:
archmsml@vsnl.com

Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 10:38 AM Subject: FOLLOW UP

Kind Attn.: Most Rev. Percival Fernandez, Secretary General, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India

Your Grace,

I trust you received my two email letters sent to you on 30th January.

The first one is my response to your letter to me of 29th November 2005. The second contains additional information.

As your letter to me was marked copy to my Archbishop Most Rev. Malayappan Chinnappa, I have taken a photocopy of my response to you and delivered it yesterday, 31st January, along with a photocopy of your letter, at the reception desk of the Archbishop’s office.

I confirm having also sent you yesterday by bookpost a hardcopy of my response to you. It is on this ministry’s letterhead and is of 8 pages in size. The envelope also contains the following:

[1] Copies of my letters to my Bishop commencing January 2000;

[2] Copies of certificates of some Catholic-organized Schools of Evangelization and Bible Colleges that I have attended;

[3] Copy of a letter from my [late] spiritual director Fr. I. Solomon Raj SJ on my parish’s letterhead;

[4] Copies of some reports that I had addressed directly to my Bishop from January 2000 onwards; 14.

[5] Copies of other reports that I have sent to other Bishops and to CBCI Commissions over the years.

I have also letters from a few dozen priests from both within India and overseas and from several Bishops who are however not members of any of the Bishops’ Commissions. Thanking you, Michael Prabhu

cc. Most Rev. Malayappan Chinnappa, Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore

 

From:
Percival Fernandez
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:57 PM Subject: Re: FOLLOW UP

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

PLEASE SEND ME MATERIAL BY POST. I do not print email messages, as I have a problem. Besides, Official Documents need the signature of the person sending the message, as you will appreciate.  THANKS.

percy

MY RESPONSE OF FEBRUARY 4: Dear Bishop Percival,

I thank you for your response. My previous letter to you further below confirmed that I had already posted all the referred material to you for your convenience, under a covering letter which is on this ministry’s letterhead and which has been signed by me. Yours obediently Michael

 

74. From:
criindia
To:
prabhu

Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 10:48 PM Subject: Re: A REPORT ON THE ‘NEW AGE’ IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS

Dear Prabhu,

You have the potential of becoming a St. Paul, of course after your conversion like the case of Paul. May Jesus Christ give you the grace to see the fullness of life in Christ rather than an enthusiastic persecutor of His followers. My prayers are with you.

Bro. Mani [BRO. MANI MEKKUNEL,

NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE CRI: CONFERENCE OF RELIGIOUS, INDIA]

From:
prabhu
To:
criindia
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 2:40 PM Subject: Reply to Rev. Bro. Mani

Dear Rev. Bro. Mani, I thank you for your reply. You have chosen your words very carefully, and I can only hope that after that, your conscience, as a Catholic religious, is clear.

If you went through my Report, or even the covering letter, you would be aware that I am no persecutor of Christians, but serving in a ministry to expose grievous error within the Church, errors of those who are in leadership and authority and able to influence others in the wrong way as against Church teaching.

About my ‘conversion’, I left the Catholic Church and was living as a Hindu for 11 years during which time I DID persecute the Church. After a personal conversion experience I am a Catholic evangelist, part time since 1982 and full time since 1995. If you have visited my website you would know the details.

I have attached for you my Letter to Rome of May 5, 2004. In it I have written a few lines about the CRI.

The ASHRAMS Report was prepared on the basis of letters from a Bishop of the Doctrinal Commission of the CBCI, a Bishop in whose diocese a major ashram is located, and the Pro Nuncio. Since that Letter, and after the Ashrams report, I have received encouraging and supportive letters from over 60 Bishops and Cardinals. At least a couple of Bishops called my efforts “amazing”, and one Cardinal described it as an “eye-opener” to him. I have also received acknowledgements from the Vatican. I look forward to your reply to me with something positive to say. The only negative and critical letters that I received so far are from those who are involved in the ashram movement and I intend to publish all of them, along with my correspondence, in a follow-up to the Ashrams report a few days from now. Yours obediently, Michael

From:
prabhu
To:
criindia
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:24 PM Subject: Fw: Reply to Rev. Bro. Mani

Dear Bro. Mani, I trust that all is well with you. I look forward to a response in the light of my follow-up letter to you.

Yours sincerely, Michael [NO RESPONSE RECEIVED]

From:
prabhu
To:
criindia
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 7:56 PM Subject: Fw: Reply to Rev. Bro. Mani [do]

 

24. Dear Michael,
I have
received your postcard dated 25th November and, subsequently, your report on the Catholic Ashram Movement.

I am having it carefully studied by a retired professor, as I myself have no time to read such lengthy documents. I am amazed by your capacity with this kind of writing and edified by your interest in such matters. May the Spirit of the

Lord guide you from day to day with His Wisdom, Love and Power. Wishing you a happy Christmas and all the very best in the New Year 2006. Gratefully,

+ Bosco Penha
AUXILIARY BISHOP OF BOMBAY, EPISCOPAL VICAR FOR THE LAITY





[Christmas Letter dated 14th December 2005]

 

08. Dear Mr. Prabhu,

God bless you. Received your note re. New Age.

+Archbishop Oswald Gracias
ARCHBISHOP OF AGRA

[Christmas Card received 27th December 2005] 15.

 

25.
Dear Michael and Angela,

Thank you for your Christmas greetings. It was very kind of you to remember me. May I reciprocate.

Michael: I have been receiving your emails regularly. My life has become an impossible one! I am physically unable to cope. Sometime when I am really free- I do not know when that will be– I will attend to the issues you write about. Love

+Agnelo [Gracias] AUXILIARY BISHOP OF BOMBAY
[Christmas Card received 10th January 2006]

 

75. [NOTE: This particular correspondence concerns also a March 2006 report titled “INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS”. The report was delayed for 6 months to monitor the progress, if any, made on the NEW AGE IN THE
CATHOLIC ASHRAMS report]

From:
Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media – Goa
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 7:10 PM Subject: URGENT AND IMPORTANT

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

Since the 25th of this month, I have been trying to send you an email message written to you by His Grace Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao. I have had no success. I am sending it now through the email ID of our Social Communications Centre and I hope it goes through. Also find here below a specimen of the delivery failure notice we have been consistently receiving since the 25 th. In the meantime, we have received today yet another forward of your original email. The unintentional delay in getting back to you is sincerely regretted.

Kind regards, Fr. J. Loiola
Pereira

Secretary to the Archbishop of Goa.

****************************************

Dear Mr. Prabhu,

I write to thank you for your various mails sent, as you mention, over the last three years, prompted by your concern for the Church. Right now, I have in my hands your e-mails of 19 th and 24th of this month.

Let me start with the last ones: thank you for your greetings on my 26th priestly ordination anniversary. I appreciate it and I reciprocate with sincere wishes for God’s abundant blessings on you, your family and your work. Regarding the attachment on New Age in Catholic Ashrams, while thanking you for it, I must say that I have not had the time to go through the lengthy material.

Coming to the DVD
The Lotus and the Cross, the only information I have is that, many months ago, Mr. Mathur, the producer of the film, had informed our Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media of his intention to do a film on Christianity in India. He even got a clearance from that Centre to capture some footage of a Mass celebrated in one of our churches. But when he actually did the film, it was with the collaboration of
Pilar Seminary, Goa,
among other institutions in the country. Frankly, I have not seen the film and the report that “even the Archbishop said that the documentary was well done” is evidently false. With kind regards and every good wish, Sincerely,

+Filipe Neri Ferrao
ARCHBISHOP OF GOA AND DAMAN

 

The above was in response to my letter posted on 19th October and emails of 19th, [followed by reminders on] 23rd, 25th and 31st October:

From:
prabhu
To:
archbp@sancharnet.in ; archbp@goatelecom.com

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:34 AM Subject: URGENT AND IMPORTANT

KIND ATTENTION : MOST REV. FILIPE NERI FERRAO, ARCHBISHOP OF GOA AND DAMAN

A DVD, “INDIA : THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS” that was screened in GOA and uses your name

Your Grace,

1. Earlier today I have sent you a report on the NEW AGE in the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS in India. I have sent you similar reports on several occasions, both by post as well as by e-mail, but I have not received a single acknowledgement till date. These reports are widely circulated among Catholics in India and abroad, and to most of our Bishops, and are now being posted on several Catholic websites, including my own which is under construction.

2. As informed to you in the covering letter of my earlier email this morning, I have completed another report after a close study of the said DVD. If you have viewed the DVD, you would be aware that it contains statements and practices that are incompatible with Catholic orthodoxy and orthopraxis.

In particular, the ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS at the end of the film mentions ‘ARCHBISHOP OF GOA’, and I quote from the GOA PLUS’, the supplementary to The Times of India and The Economic Times’ Goa edition of 11-17 March 2005: “The documentary has already been shown in Canada where Mathur lives, and last month in Goa, at Xavier Historical and Research Centre at Porvorim. [Fr. Joe Pereira] says, ‘The place was packed with people and many were surprised at what they saw. Clergy members and even the Archbishop said that the documentary was done well‘.”

3. Your Grace, before I publish my report, I would like to have your comments. I would be very happy not to include the references to you in the report, if you would kindly explain to me your position on the said DVD. My intention is to create awareness among Catholics so that these errors do not gain popular acceptance among the faithful.

May I request you to please reply at the earliest.

Yours obediently, MICHAEL PRABHU, CATHOLIC EVANGELIST, CHENNAI, www.ephesians511.net

I noted that the Archbishop’s Secretary Fr. Loiola Pereira was one of those on [the producer Vishnu] Mathur’s email invitee list, [see p.2 of the DVD report], to whom I had written along with the others, and received no response. 16.

 

I now wrote to Fr. Loiola, copy to the Archbishop of Goa:

Dear Rev. Fr. Loiola Pereira,

I thank you for your kind email on behalf of Archbishop Filipe which I received a few minutes after you sent it to me this evening. I will be writing to His Grace separately in the context of his letter to me…

Please refer to the following email; I quote:

From: ritavishnu@gmail.com

To: aimsem@sancharnet.in“Loiola Pereira, Father Joaquim” <loiola@sancharnet.in>; “Joe, Pereira” jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk; etc.

Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 11:07 AM Subject: Invitation for a Documentary Film…. Unquote.

Father, I believe that the address above highlighted in red colour is yours, and, in this connection, I wrote to you and several of the other addressees [some of whom figure prominently in the Documentary] as follows; I quote:

From:
prabhu
To:
Nn Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2005 11:47 AM Subject: INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS Dear friend, I am preparing a critique on Vishnu Mathur’s film referred to above. Could you please give me your brief comments on its usefulness in terms of inculturation etc., along with your name and your field of work or service ?

I will be greatly obliged to hear from you. Yours sincerely, Prabhu. Unquote

However I did not receive a response from you. I am now pleased to know that you are Secretary to the Archbishop, and I am sure that hereafter all my correspondence will be attended to by His Grace and faithfully acknowledged through your good self. God bless you. Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

I
also sent this letter to the Archbishop, through Fr. Secretary:

KIND ATTENTION : MOST REV. FELIPE NERI FERRAO, ARCHBISHOP OF GOA AND DAMAN

Your Grace, I thank you for your long-awaited response.

Archbishop Emeritus Raul Gonsalves, your predecessor, had regularly written very encouraging letters to this ministry in response to the various communications and reports that I used to send him.

My report on the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS: May I submit to Your Grace that the situation is so serious that it warrants a careful examination of the contents of my report, despite its lengthiness?

In my covering letter I have noted the four pages which will summarise the contents. I have also provided a helpful index to the contents. I am confident that the Bishops need to look into the Ashram Movement which is doing incalculable harm to the Faith.

The DVD,
INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS
: I believe your word when you say that you did not watch either of the two public screenings of the DVD of the film in Goa. Which means, as you agree, that Fr. Joe Pereira’s statement that you did, and his quoting you, are false statements. I trust that it will not be a problem for you if I mention that, and your denial, in my report which will be ready in a few days time.

I myself had observed that the Pilar Fathers played an important role in its production, and have highlighted that in my report. There is some footage of a Bishop or Archbishop celebrating Mass in a Goan Cathedral, but as I do not know what you look like, I could not decide who the Bishop in question is. In the list of ‘Acknowledgements’ at the end of the film, your title appears first, probably alphabetically [Archbishop of Goa].

The DVD assumes greater significance in the light of the Seminar held last week at the Papal Seminary**, and the press reports on the direction that the Indian Church is pointed to. We lay Catholics are very, very concerned. We understand that 5 BISHOPS and 400 priests have taken certain decisions at this Seminar, and these happen to be in line with what is happening in the ASHRAMS. So my forthcoming report on the DVD will include some information about this Seminar, and will be in some way an extension of the earlier ASHRAMS report.

I am glad and much relieved to know your position as stated by you in your letter of today, and I hope and pray that you and our other Bishops will exercise your authority as the corrective and teaching function of the Church.

If you have anything to say to me, I will be glad to hear it from you. Meanwhile the ASHRAMS report has reached over 75% of our Bishops and the CBCI Commissions, and this ministry has received several letters of encouragement as always. It is also just uploaded on my website: www.ephesians511.net Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

**
NOTE: It was wrongly typed in my original letter as “Pilar Seminary”. I meant to refer to Pune’s “Papal Seminary, which has ordained over 1,250 priests during the past 50 years, [and] has continued with its modernisation effort along with its associate institutions such as the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), formerly the Pontifical Athenaeum, and the De Nobili College“, to quote from the report INDIA: THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS.

[There was no response from either the Archbishop or Fr. Secretary to my above two letters to them.]

 

04.
From:
prabhu
To:
rca ; telesphore p. toppo

Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:03 PM Subject:
ASHRAMS IN INDIA- CATHOLIC OR NEW AGE?

KIND ATTENTION: HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL TELESPHORE TOPPO

PRESIDENT- CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA, AND ARCHBISHOP OF RANCHI

REMINDER NO. 10

Your Eminence,

On the 28th of January, I have posted to you a copy of my report on the Catholic Ashram Movement in India.

17.

 

This is the second time that I have posted this report to Your Eminence.

On December 17th, I had posted you a copy of the referred report.

May I draw your kind attention to your letter to me of July 1st 2004 which I reproduce here:

Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,

Thank you very much for sending me the abundant additional supply of your various writings and studies in connection with your “Metamorphose”. They are a real eye-opener to me and they certainly help me to see the relevance of the Roman Document “Jesus Christ the Bearer of the water of life”.

To have this reference material at my ready disposal will certainly be useful to me and will keep me alert to what is going on. With renewed thanks and cordial best wishes, I remain, Yours sincerely,

+Telesphore P. Card. Toppo

I first sent this report inserted as an attachment in my email letter to you of 8th October 2005, and again on 26th October, and once more on 14th November 2005. I am sending it by email once again today.

My follow-up email letters to you are dated 19th and 24th October and 1st and 9th November 2005. Till now I am yet to receive an acknowledgement from you on an issue which, you will agree with me, is a serious one. Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu Metamorphose Catholic Ministries Chennai 1st February 2006 [Hardcopy posted 02/02]

From:
prabhu
To:
rca ; telesphore p. toppo
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:08 PM Subject: CATHOLIC ASHRAMS- NEW AGE?

YOUR EMINENCE, THE ASHRAMS REPORT IS ATTACHED HERE AS MENTIONED IN MY EARLIER EMAIL LETTER OF TODAY.YOURS OBEDIENTLY, MICHAEL PRABHU, CHENNAI

 

Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu, 

On behalf of His Eminence, Cardinal P. Toppo, I acknowledge the receipt of your letter (reminder no. 10, dt. 1st Feb. 2006). His Eminence Cardinal P. Toppo has received your earlier letter with enclosures on Ashram in India: Catholic, or New Age. On account of his very busy schedule, His Eminence was not able to acknowledge the receipts of your letters. At present His Eminence is in Bangalore for the annual meeting of the CBCI. You have sent so many pages of reading material and he might not find the time to read it carefully. We shall place the material before him when he returns to Ranchi. Yours sincerely,

Fr. Francken s.j. Office Assistant [Letter dated February 10, 2006]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
rca ; telesphore p. toppo

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 7:31 AM Subject: REPLY TO REV. FR. FRANCKEN S.J.

KIND ATTENTION: REV. FR. FRANCKEN S.J.

OFFICE ASSISTANT TO HIS EMINENCE TELESPHORE CARDINAL P. TOPPO,

PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA

Dear Reverend Father Francken,

Thank you for your kind letter of February 10th [which I received yesterday, on the 23rd of February] in response to my Report on the CATHOLIC ASHRAMS sent to you both by post as well as by email, and the several reminders against it.

I have noted the contents of your letter and I am sure that, as assured by you, you have now placed the Report before His Eminence, on his return from Bangalore, for his consideration.

His Eminence has personally written to me in appreciation of the contents of some of my earlier reports, and I am grateful for that. The activities at some of the major Ashrams is a matter of serious concern for many of my Catholic associates, both lay persons as well as priests and seminarians. I am only fulfilling my obligation as a Catholic lay person by informing this to the concerned authorities in the Church.

I regret the unavoidable detail of the Report. However, there is an Index of major topics on page 86; and pages 81 through 85 is a sort of ‘summary’ of the Report, which His Eminence might find helpful. Now, I look forward to receiving an acknowledgement from the Cardinal. Thanking you once again, Yours obediently,

Michael Prabhu [copy by post on 24.02.2006]

 

From: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> To: “telesphore p. toppo” <telestoppo@rediffmail.com>

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 5:24 PM Subject: Reply

YOUR EMINENCE, THANK YOU. IT IS OUR CHURCH THAT WILL BENEFIT AND BE BLESSED. I PRAY THAT YOU WILL STUDY THE REPORT ON ‘CATHOLIC ASHRAMS’ THAT HAS BEEN PLACED ON YOUR TABLE BY REV. FR. FRANCKEN S.J. AND LET ME HAVE YOUR OBSERVATIONS. THANKING YOU, MICHAEL PRABHU CHENNAI

[My letter in response to email of 25 February from Cardinal Toppo, see "Letters From Bishops"]

 

55. From:
Virginia Saldanha
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 9:16 AM Subject: Re: From Michael Thank you, Michael for your appreciation of my book [Woman: Image of God.]. Yes I did receive your material on Ashrams. With best wishes for a deep experience of God’s transforming love at Easter. Virginia
Virginia Saldanha
Executive Secretary FABC Office of Laity, Family & Women’s Desk HONG KONG 18.

 

 

 

 

 

LETTERS TO WHICH NO RESPONSE HAS BEEN RECEIVED:

 

The detailed report on the NEW AGE IN THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS* was sent to most of the Bishops who possess email ids, commencing the first week of October 2005. To a number of them it was sent twice, even thrice. To many Bishops, a hardcopy was posted, again twice in a few cases. The production cost of one hardcopy report along with the postal charges works out to around Rs. 125 at least.

The list of Bishops who did not acknowledge receipt is too lengthy to reproduce.

A reading of my letter to Bishop Percival Fernandez [separate item on the website] will give an overview of the fruitless correspondence with the Bishops and the Commissions of the CBCI which this ministry commenced in early 2002.

A separate report, to follow soon, will attempt to analyse the reasons for the Bishops’ unwillingness or inability to tackle the problem of New Age in the ashrams and in the Indian Church at large.

The Apostolic Nuncio to India, who asked for the report as early as January 2005, has steadfastly refused to acknowledge receipt of it despite 10 reminders and follow-ups.

The offices of two Cardinals [Toppo and Vithayathil] acknowledged receipt after several reminders.

The offices assured this ministry that the Cardinals were not in India and that the report would be placed before the Cardinals on their return.

The third Cardinal [Ivan Dias] simply has not responded.

The responses received [above pages] may look very encouraging and impressive, but reports that I continue to receive from the ashrams indicate that things are very much the same as they were six months after the report.

 

*http://ephesians-511.net/articles_doc/CATHOLIC%20ASHRAMS.doc

 

From:
prabhu
To:
dcj@sancharnet.in

Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 9:22 PM Subject: ASHRAM AIKYA SATSANGH

From:
prabhu
To:
dcj@sancharnet.in
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:24 PM [FOLLOW UP OF ABOVE]

To, MOST REV. GERALD ALMEIDA
BISHOP OF JABALPUR

Your Grace,

I am in the stages of completing a 70 A4 page report titled CATHOLIC ASHRAMS AND THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT.

I am including here below an extract from pages 14/15 of the same. I would like to have your kind comments if possible before it is released in the present form, so that any changes or additions may be included.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu METAMORPHOSE, A Catholic Ministry to Expose the New Age, Chennai

EXTRACT: “A BISHOP AT THE ASHRAM AIKYA SATSANGH

The North Indian Ashram Aikya Satsangh at Saccidanand Ashram, [founded by Swami Amaldas of Shantivanam], Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh, a two-page report written by Fr. Akshay IMS of Matridham [Ashram] Varanasi :

“Of the present two CMI Fathers, Swami Sadananda is more active on the social level and Fr. Anto Mundanmany more for yoga and meditation…. Fr. Anto told us that… Narsinghpur was the birthplace of Bhagwan Rajneesh (Osho) and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi… Two Brahmakumaris had brought a big supply of prasad and rakhis….

We had Holy Mass presided over by the Rt Rev Dr Gerald Almeida, Bishop of Jabalpur… The Bishop appreciated the austerity and detachment of ashram life and its witness……”

[NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.

The Bishop has never acknowledged a single communication from this ministry.]

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EPHESIANS-511.NET- A Roman Catholic Ministry Exposing Errors in the Indian Church

Michael Prabhu, METAMORPHOSE, #12,Dawn Apartments, 22,Leith Castle South Street, Chennai - 600 028, Tamilnadu, India. Phone: +91 (44) 24611606 E-mail: michaelprabhu@vsnl.net, http://www.ephesians-511.net

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