Errors in Charisindia – 07
Errors and problems in back issues of Charisindia
“CHARISINDIA is a monthly magazine, published on behalf of the National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (NCCRS) which has been recognised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) as the principal coordinating agency of the CCR* in India.”– CHARISINDIA *Catholic Charismatic Renewal
THE REASONS FOR OUR CONTINUING THIS SERIES ON CHARISINDIA/THE CCR
1a. It has been my observation for a very long time that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in India has been the propagator of errors and abuses especially in the liturgy of the Mass, something that, as an apologist, I now find impossible to ignore.
I admit participating in most if not all of them at one time or another for several reasons, the chief among them being ignorance; moreover, no one objected to them and almost every charismatic priest, religious and lay leader practised them.
However, circumstances — and the personal counsel of some good CCR leaders who would like to see these abuses and errors stopped — make it imperative that they be now exposed.
1b. It has been my experience — when I have pointed out these abuses and errors on certain occasions — that most “charismatics” are not very receptive to correction of any sort. Their responses have ranged from indulgence to hostility.
My pointing out that I am only repeating the teaching of the Church has not saved me from being labeled “anti-charismatic”.
It is almost as if “charismatics” are “superior” to other Catholics and have a licence to modify the rubrics of the liturgy.
No one is above the liturgy, not any priest and not any bishop. The rubrics must be followed by the Church to the letter.
Since my antecedents are not known to many who visit our web site, I proudly affirm that my spirituality is charismatic.
One of my spiritual directors, a holy and orthodox French Benedictine priest, actually finds it impossible to reconcile my “conservative” ministry with my being “charismatic”. To him it’s an oxymoron. To me, it seems a natural thing.
1c. My wife and I helped plant several prayer groups in New Delhi starting 1982 and I was a founder-member of the very first Service Team of the CCR in New Delhi. As a life member and benefactor of CHARISINDIA, a stockist of the magazine in the ‘mid 80s, and possessing back issues of CHARISINDIA almost from its inception, I have a relationship with the magazine that cannot be deterred either by criticism or by the ignoring of my letters by those who now run the magazine.
I invite the reader to read pages 2 to 4, especially the section sub-titled “Errors and excesses” on page 4 of my April 2011
CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL
The article will give the reader an idea of what to expect in this series on CHARISINDIA and the CCR in India.
In this series, I will name names. I am constrained to do so because, over the 30 years of my sojourn in the Renewal, I have seen the condition of things deteriorate, while at the same time not a single prophetic voice has been raised in protest.
My scores of letters to the senior-most leadership have either elicited unfulfilled assurances or been studiously ignored.
I must stress here on one point that I mention under point 5 on page 3 of my above-cited April 2011 article: the loyalty of too many rank and file charismatics is to their leadership instead of to the teaching authority of the Church.
If the reader dismisses my statements as generalisations, the true incidents that I will record in the articles in this series — justifying my having to name certain people — should convince him that this is not so.
2. The immediate reason for this series on CHARISINDIA/the CCR is the CHARISINDIA July 2012 issue.
A pro-contraception article authored by a Protestant was published. On learning of it, I personally contacted the CCR’s Episcopal Advisor
Most Rev. Francis Kalist, the bishop of Meerut by ‘phone and by email. He was cordial and expressed his thanks and appreciation of my initiative on the ‘phone as well as in writing*. However, all subsequent letters to the bishop have remained unanswered. Furthermore, all letters from me to
Constantine Fernandez, the publisher of CHARISINDIA, its Chief Editor
Cyril John, and to the National Charismatic Office [NCO] staff,
Gilbert Faria and
were also completely ignored by them. While I had spoken on the ‘phone to Fernandez, Faria and Shaji, Cyril John simply declined to take my many calls or call me back. Two months have passed. The August and September 2012 CHARISINDIA issues had no correction of the error.
See our report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-01.
The July 2012 CHARISINDIA also carried a story on the funeral of Fr Rufus Pereira. I detected in that story what I believe to be an error:
eulogies given during the Mass.
Between July 13 and August 8, I had written four letters to the CCR’s Episcopal Advisor
Most Rev. Francis Kalist, but the Bishop terminated correspondence with me after responding to the first letter. The first three emails concerned the pro-contraception article. I reproduce the fourth letter immediately below as published in my report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-01
*My first email & the Bishop’s response are copied here.
I wrote to Bishop Francis Kalist and the CHARISINDIA/NCO team once again on January 4, 2013 in connection with errors in the January 2013 issue. Since there was no response as usual, the information is partly reported in CHARISINDIA ERRORS-04 at
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CHARISINDIA_ERRORS-04.doc, and the rest of it in my to-be-published report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-06. The update to January 4 was emailed to Bishop Francis Kalist and the CHARISINDIA/NCO team
January 30, 2013. If a reply is received from any of them, the report will be further updated.
5. On January 29, 2013,
Bishop Francis Kalist and the CHARISINDIA/NCO team about an error in the September 2012 issue of CHARISINDIA. If a reply is received from any of them, the report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-03
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CHARISINDIA_ERRORS-03.doc will be updated.
6. On January 31, 2013, and again on February 1, 2013, I sent a 17-page preview with a follow-up letter to Bishop Francis Kalist and the CHARISINDIA/NCO team, of my report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-05 concerning the issue of my being banned from attending the XV National Catholic Charismatic Convention in Goa, November 12-15, 2012. The completed 26-page report at http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CHARISINDIA_ERRORS-05.doc was mailed to them the same evening. If a reply is received from any of them, the report will be updated.
Report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-06, detailing the errors in the CHARISINDIA reporting of
the XV National Catholic Charismatic Convention in Goa, November 12-15, 2012 as well as errors and liturgical abuses noted and recorded by me during my participation in the event, will be released in a few days from now.
This out-of-turn report CHARISINDIA ERRORS-07 will chronicle errors and problems [as perceived by me] with CHARISINDIA or the CCR in the past, some of which were taken up with the NCCRS/NST/NCO, and some of which were not. Most or all of them were from Cyril John‘s tenure as Chairman of the NST and publisher of CHARISINDIA and during the term of Most Rev. Valerian D’Souza, Bishop of Poona [the predecessor of Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut] as the CCR’s Episcopal Advisor. They will be added on as and when I come across them in my files. For that reason, the recording of those issues will not be chronological. I commence with two letters, one from the year 2006 and the other from 2008. There is more to follow.
NEW AGE – AYURVEDA AND HOMOEOPATHY – MENTIONED IN CHARISINDIA
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; National Charismatic Office; Cc:
firstname.lastname@example.org; jojo; Fr. Rufus Pereira; erikagibello; Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 2:40 PM Subject:
AYURVEDA and HOMOEOPATHY
Dear friends at CHARISINDIA and in the NST,
May I draw your attention to the mention of the use of “homeopathic and ayurvedic system of medicine” on page 15 of the SEPTEMBER 2006 ISSUE of CHARISINDIA.
First let me praise and thank God for the eventual healing by Jesus of Mrs. Fatima Marques, whose testimony contains that reference. Having done that, permit me to point out that ayurveda and homoeopathy are New Age alternative systems of medicine whose philosophies are incompatible with Biblical revelation.
Admittedly, the mention is part of a testimony. But, published in CHARISINDIA, there is always the possibility that it might be understood that there is no problem using such treatments.
At the February 2004 Asian Seminar on Healing and Deliverance in Kaloor, Ernakulam, Kerala, India, Fr. Larry Hogan, Chief Exorcist of the Archdiocese of Vienna, and Fr. Rufus Pereira made the position on homoeopathy clear.
As for ayurveda, you may read my analysis of it at my website www.ephesians-511.net.
Yours sincerely, Michael Prabhu
I received no response from the NST/NCO.
AYUSH-THE NEW AGE DANGERS OF
TESTIMONY OF A FORMER HOMOEOPATHY PRACTITIONER-01
HOMOEOPATHY-AN UNSCIENTIFIC NEW AGE FRAUD
HOMOEOPATHY-FR CLEMENS PILAR 10
HOMOEOPATHY-WHAT’S THE HARM IN IT?
HOMOEOPATHY CONTROVERSY AND FR RUFUS PEREIRA
HOMOEOPATHY INSTITUTIONALIZED IN THE INDIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
GOING ALONG WITH POPULAR CULTURE AND RACIAL STEREOTYPING
CHARISINDIA COVER, JULY 2008
I think that you could have avoided the photograph of the young lady wearing trousers on the front page of a charismatic magazine. [CHARISINDIA should be promoting modesty, not endorsing popular culture.]
In his ministry, one of the pioneers of the Renewal in India, Fr James D’Souza [to whom I am marking a copy of this letter] is very much against the wearing of male attire by women, as well as the wearing of jeans by both sexes [the young man in the picture].
I was delighted to note that, for a change, the photograph was of Indians, as I have observed that in CHARISINDIA, a majority of photographs continue to be of Westerners [see the same issue, pages 8, 9, 10, for example].
A common picture in many Indian charismatic magazines, as in this issue of CHARISINDIA, is a pair of praying hands.
Indian hands, those of the majority of Indian Christians, are generally brown or black in color.
In all these years I have yet to see a pair of dark-complexioned hands, anywhere. The hands are always fair in color [as are the faces of people in a majority photographs].
Are we subtly practising racial or other discrimination, without even being aware of it?
UNAPPROVED VISIONARIES AND SCANDAL-RIDDEN, SUSPECT “APPARITON” SITE
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:07 PM Subject: Re: GENERAL ELECTIONS 2009: WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
I refer to the posting below, in Mangalorean Catholics yahoo group, from which I have quoted*.
Mr Cyril John as Vice President of the ICCRS and National Chairman of the CCR must surely know that the Bishops of Mostar, under whom the jurisdiction of the Medjugorje parish lies, have denied that Our Lady has ever appeared and spoken at Medjugorje. They have called the whole thing a humbug. Rome has also discouraged official pilgrimages to Medjugorje. It is therefore not right on our part to write in important publications in such a manner as to make the faithful believe that Our Lady has appeared and spoken at Medjugorje.
*Posted by: “Prescilla Braggs, Pune” MC 1332 dt March 9, 2009
GENERAL ELECTIONS 2009: WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT? by Cyril John
QUOTE Our Lady of Medjugorje disclosed on 21st July, 1982 that “through fasting and prayer one can stop wars, one can suspend the laws of nature”. UNQUOTE
I wonder if this article of Cyril John, posted by Ms. Braggs, was carried in CHARISINDIA. There is a fair probability that it was. I am unable to confirm it however, since I have passed on some of the back issues of the magazine to others.
MORE TO FOLLOW…
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 4:27 PM Subject: CHARISINDIA ERRORS-7
Dear Bishop Francis Kalist,
CHARISINDIA ERRORS-7 report attached.
The report will be updated at regular intervals.