NEW WEBSITE: www.ephesians-511.net AUGUST 2009
HOMOEOPATHY PROPAGATED AND INSTITUTIONALIZED
IN THE INDIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Please refer to the website for the following reports on homoeopathy:
HOMEOPATHY IS IMPOSSIBLE: THE BBC TEST November 2002, 8 pages
HOMOEOPATHY: COSMIC ENERGY IN BOTTLES
June 2004, 8 pages
HOMOEOPATHY: A DETAILED STUDY OF AN UNSCIENTIFIC NEW AGE FRAUD January/February 2004, 38 pages, updated to 49 pages, again updated July 2009, 125 pages
The following is an extract from the last report.
THE NEW LEADER, A CATHOLIC FORTNIGHTLY FROM CHENNAI
1A. NOTE: After my first Homoeopathy study of 38 pages was made public from February 2004, a full page article titled “How can anyone condemn Homeopathy” appeared in The New Leader of June 1-15, 2004.
Authored by one Dr. Leela Francisco, a leading Chennai homoeopath, it appears to be a defense of homoeopathy in direct reference to points that I raised in my report.
Strange that a Catholic magazine like The New Leader permitted itself to be used as a forum for the defense of an alternative medicine like homoeopathy.
I am not copying Francisco’s article here, but my response to her will address her arguments.
Dear Fr. Joe Antony
I thank you for publishing my letter on Dharma Bharathi in the New Leader.
I have posted to you a 38-page write-up, prepared by me, on HOMOEOPATHY, in the context of the article by Dr. Leela Francisco in the NL of June 1-15. I believe that she has written it in response, or as a rebuttal, to my referred write-up which has been widely circulated.
The conclusions given in the article written by me were upheld by the preachers, both priests, at the Asian Seminar on Healing and Deliverance held in Ernakulam in February.
Yours sincerely, Michael Prabhu
Dear Fr. Joe Antony,
I trust that you received my write-up on HOMOEOPATHY and could find the time in your busy schedule to glance through it. It has been very well received by leaders in the Church privately, as well as publicly on one occasion as mentioned above.
I am attaching herewith a reply to Dr. Leela Francisco’s letter, for favour of publication in The New Leader*.
Thanking you, Michael Prabhu
*MY RESPONSE TO DR. LEELA FRANCISCO‘S LETTER IN THE NEW LEADER OF JUNE 1 – 15, 2004
Dr. Leela Francisco’s article
“How can anyone condemn Homeopathy“
in The New Leader of June 1-15 interested me greatly because I had recently conducted a detailed research of this ‘medical’ practice and have written a lengthy article which has been widely circulated.
Since my findings led me to conclude that Homoeopathy is certainly a practice rooted in occult origins, a primitive ‘science’, New Age, and could be actually dangerous, [issues refuted by Dr. Leela Francisco], I could not help wondering if the doctor’s article was referring to my analysis.
Whether it does or not, I would like to enlighten your readers with the following information.
The Vatican Document did not “allude to homeopathy as being potentially dangerous” as stated by Dr. Leela.
It said that “advertising connected with New Age covers a wide range of practices as’ acupuncture, iridology, psychic healing, healing by crystals, etc.”
Homoeopathy made that list. Now if homoeopathy were not any of the things that I have claimed it to be, why would it be listed with practices that are?
What other common denominator[s] would one expect for practices included in a Document on the New Age?
One would expect that the Vatican would commit itself in so serious a matter only after a thorough study.
In tracing New age origins in “ancient occult practices and gnosticism” [n 2.4], it says that “the essential matrix of New Age thinking is to be found in the esoteric-theosophical tradition which was fairly widely accepted in European intellectual circles in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was particularly strong in Freemasonry, spiritualism, occultism and Theosophy” [n 2.3.1]. One of the “principal characteristics of the New Age vision is holistic (globalising, because there is one single reality- energy)” [Appendix 7.1], with “a central element… where God is the vital energy within a person”
[n 2.3.2]. My documentation shows homoeopathy to fully meet all those requirements.
Hahnemann was a Freemason [on the title page of his Organon, he used the Freemasonry motto ‘Aude Sapere’ or ‘Dare to be wise‘]. His background was steeped in the occult, esotericism and gnosticism. Rejecting Biblical revelation as ‘miracle- myths’, he wrote derogatorily about Jesus Christ, while simultaneously claiming divine revelation for his theories of ‘vital force’ and ‘like cures like’.
Hahnemann formulated a whole doctrine explaining man as a tripartite being: will and thought (the inward man); vital energy
[spirit substance or immaterial essence]; and, the body, which is material.
Consider this quote from the 6th edition of the Organon: “I find it yet necessary to allude here to animal magnetism… or rather Mesmerism… It is a marvelous, priceless gift of God.” For one who claimed divine revelation from God for his principles of homoeopathy, the occult makes a strange bed-fellow.
What could be the source of this revelation, when he is known to have spoken derogatorily about the Son of God? [2 Corinthians 4:4] A. Fritsche, his biographer, writes “He took offence at the arch-enthusiast Jesus of Nazareth who did not lead the enlightened on the straight way to wisdom… In his struggles as a spiritual seeker, in his plight for enlightenment, he is strongly attracted to the East. Confucius is his ideal.”
Dr. Francisco insists that homoeopathy is “a 200-year old time-tested healing art and science.” My research shows that homoeopaths reveal the results only of those outcomes that ‘favour’ them.
All genuine scientific controlled tests and group studies have determined that the ‘cures’ are due to the placebo effect, the body’s self-healing ability, auto-suggestion, psycho-somatic reasons etc.
Psychic healing has been around for longer than 200 years. Does that make it any less dangerous?
Longevity is not a guarantee of validity. Nor is the popular acceptance of something.
Hahnemann’s ‘medicines’ do not have even the minutest medicinal content. He himself could never satisfactorily explain to the scientific establishment of his day how anything so infinitely diluted could have a curing effect, and was ostracised by them. He borrowed his ‘vital force’ principle from Paracelsus’ belief that there were invisible spirits or ‘forces’ in all living things. In his Organon, he admits that the original substance used is “changed and subtlitised at last into spirit-like medicinal power which does not fall within our senses.” According to him, disease is caused by imbalance in this vital force. The source of his ‘vital force’ is not the Holy Spirit as Dr. Francisco maintains it to be.
My documentation shows that leading homoeopaths have taught that the ‘vital force’ is the monistic energy that supposedly permeates everything, and is everything.
In The Complete Homoeopathy Handbook, Miranda Castro, F.S. Hom. is candid about the fact that Hahnemann’s “process of dilution incurred… derision from [his contemporaries in] the medical establishment, who could not explain, and therefore could not accept, how anything so dilute could have any effect.”
“In Similia Similibus Curentur [Like Cures Like]… we are not dealing with a law of similarity in the form of a generally applicable rule of physics or natural phenomenon on which homoeopathy purports to be based.” [Homoeopathy, Dr. W. Schwabe]. Schwabe are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of homoeopathic remedies.
“When we give a homoeopathic remedy, what are we giving?…Nobody knows. All we know is that it works” [Dr. Bill Gray MD., The Role of Homeopathy in Holistic Health Practice, Yoga Journal, Nov/Dec 1976]. Even his devout German biographer M. Gumpert [Hahnemann, die abenteuerlichen…] who compares him to Goethe, Kant and Martin Luther, is puzzled: “This way of practising homoeopathy is a unique psychic phenomenon.”
For users of homoeopathy there is always the danger that comes from self-prescribing and overdosing but most especially from failing to take timely allopathic medical treatment in favour of homoeopathy in cases that could turn out to be critical.
As a holistic healing system, it offers treatments for everything from Aids to ‘examination funk’ to ‘fear that something might come out of a corner’. Colleges offer 5-year degree courses in homeopathy. Degrees in the ‘science’ of Vedic astrology too will soon be on offer. Does that make it any more credible?
In Occult Shock and Psychic Forces, John Weldon and Clifford Wilson Ph. D give some examples to show that there is no consensus among leading homoeopaths themselves who express divergent views as to the reasons for the working of homoeopathy. Homeopaths are not interested in these experiments and content themselves with their individual successes. Present -day medicine as taught in the universities speaks very little about homeopathy. Its basic literature as well as scientific periodicals do not mention it.
A short ode to homoeopathy in the 1998 Pioneer annual magazine of Fr. Muller’s Homoeopathic Medical College self-advertises the diverse ‘applications’ of a common homoeopathic remedy:
“When food seems lumpy, Bed seems bumpy, Wife is grumpy, Nerves are jumpy, Give Nux Vomica.”
At the February 2004 Seminar on Healing and Deliverance in Ernakulam, Fr. Larry Hogan, Chief Exorcist of the Archdiocese of Vienna, when answering questions raised concerning homoeopathy [on the basis of my write-up which was being circulated] said, “Homoeopathy is magic. I would not recommend anyone to use it”, adding that in Europe an estimated 80% of homoeopaths use occult methods [like tarot and pendulum dowsing] for selection, preparation and prescription of remedies.
In the United States, the best place to learn about homoeopathy is the New Age bookstore.
There is no Christian book on New Age themes, and I have dozens in my library, that does not include homoeopathy as a New Age alternative healing system.
Fr. Clemens Pilar, COp., has written a book Esoteric Practices and Christian Faith, An Aid to Discernment [Vienna, 2003]. He enters into detail into the occultic and esoteric roots and philosophies of homoeopathy, and uses it as a baseline for the study of other New Age therapies.
Says Fr. Pilar, “It is not correct to say that a rejection of homoeopathy only happens due to a lack of knowledge. Scientifically founded criticism comes from highly competent experts. Prof. Otto Prokop in his book Homoeopathie- Was leistet sie wirklich? quotes a whole list of such scientists. One of the outstanding critics, Prof. Fritz Donner, was even a former homoeopath himself. We can hardly attribute his critical attitude to lack of competence. A professor of pathology, Dr. Werner Dutz said, ‘Homoeopathy is voodoo. That is the only thing doctors can say about it. As far as the philosophical aspect is concerned, it should be assessed by the priests, who should rack their brains about it, but it is not the task of the medical sciences to deal with this.’ ”
Scientific tests are objective. When performed under the same conditions, they follow certain physical laws and produce the same specific results. Homoeopathy is subjective, and does not, as science confirms. Any honest homoeopath will admit to that. If indeed there were such a thing as the ‘vital energy’ then it would certainly be recorded by 21st century scientific instruments. But no such discovery has been documented. Dr. Francisco also will remember that after potencizing and dilution, there is not a molecule left of the original substance selected, and consequently no possibility of using or detecting this non-existent energy.
More importantly, Hahnemann and fellow homoeopaths insist that it is a spiritual energy, not a material one, [a fact that the doctor conveniently ignores], which precludes the possibility of quantification. And, in the Biblical revelation of man as a tripartite being, there is no evidence of any aspect of him — or creation — that is a spiritual energy.
Certainly, man is spirit, soul and body [Genesis 2:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:23]. But that spirit is not the energy that is manipulated for healing in New Age medicine, that was ‘divinely revealed’ to Hahnemann, and that forms the basis for his philosophies of homoeopathy as set forth in the Organon.
In the West, the best place to learn about homoeopathy is the New Age bookstore. There is no Christian book on New Age themes in my library that does not include homoeopathy as a New Age healing system. A study of these books reveals that the protagonists of homoeopathy have, either ignorantly or intentionally, withheld certain aspects of the philosophies and life and of its founder, while highlighting those areas that enhance his image as a crusader for healthy living, or lend support to the tenets of his philosophies and the credibility of his remedies. These concealed aspects are relevant to the believer who has been using homoeopathy, and an awareness of them is critical to the decision that he or she must take.
Dr. Francisco’s defense of homoeopathy is written by her in all sincerity, but since reading my in-depth analysis, several Catholic homoeopaths and users informed me that they have abjured its practice, while one doctor wrote me that she has given up teaching homoeopathy in a reputed Catholic college and closed her practice, because [using Dr. Francisco’s words], all healings are CERTAINLY NOT the handiwork of God, [these include psychic healings, healings by shamans and voodoo doctors, and those of alternative medicines like reiki and pranic healing that too are founded on the ‘vital energy’ life force principle], those that the Document states it finds have “a focus on hidden spiritual powers or forces in nature [which] has been the backbone of much of what is now recognized as New Age theory” [n 1.3].
There are, to be sure, some honourable and conscientious ones seeking to utilize a homeopathy detached from its esoteric practices. The question is, ‘can it?’, rather than ‘can they?’ Of course, those who see some sort of scientific energy at work in water divining, or who believe that water divination is a gift from God, will see no cause of concern in using homoeopathy.
As Christians we need to understand why homoeopathy, and indeed many other seemingly ridiculous New Age alternative therapies, are not discounted or abandoned. The reason is simple. THEY WORK!
Just because something ‘works’, it is not good enough reason for Christian acceptance. Astrology, necromancy and divination WORK. Which is why God forbade their use, warning His people that there existed dark powers which they must distance themselves from. “See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ” [Colossians 2:8].
Paul is teaching that humanistic thoughts and ideas are not as neutral as we like to imagine. There are spiritual forces at work behind the basic philosophical assumptions upon which man builds his society.
Ignorance, in all cases, is not bliss. As Christians engaged in constant spiritual warfare, we are enjoined by Scripture to increase our knowledge and discern the signs of the times [Hosea 4:6; 1 Chronicles 12:32, 33].
Spiritual inquiry is a commendable thing.
What answer can be given to someone who says he took a remedy and it worked?
The Christian believer is obliged to make a discerning enquiry to find out why they work. Articles like this provide the searcher with information in that direction.
Everyone will have probably heard reports of how a friends or relative was wonderfully cured by a homoeopathic remedy.
But the question is: What was it that actually healed them? The cosmic occult vital force in the remedy? The accompanying measures (no smoking, no alcohol, dieting, taking a holiday)? Or faith in the healer or his remedies?
About a century ago, the first experiments were conducted with placebos, tablets with no active ingredients. The researchers discovered that, more important than the substantial effect of many medications, is the faith [both, of the doctor as well as the patient] in the effect of the remedy. The placebo effect is probably the most important factor in the success of homoeopathic remedies. The least probable factor in a cure is the homoeopathic remedy itself. All genuine clinical trials have determined that the ‘cures’ are due to either the placebo effect, time itself and the body’s self-healing ability, or auto-suggestion.
Again, healing may not be in God’s will for a person in a particular situation. A friend of the writer failed to be relieved of a painful complaint after two visits to a popular retreat centre, but was healed when she submitted herself to pranic healing. Additionally, for the Christian, is the occult factor to be considered.
Where should we draw the proverbial ‘line’ either to take a homoeopathic remedy or not? It would be naïve for one to expect a clear response from those who give homeopathic treatment. Obviously this is a question of conscience everyone will have to answer for himself after reading this report.
Most homoeopathic practitioners want nothing else than soft medicine. The foundations and the effects of these remedies are dubious to say the least. It should not be too difficult to do without homoeopathy. There are many herbal remedies which are, without unnecessary dilution, at least as effective in exerting their natural healing power free of undesired side effects. However, the thinking of many runs so deep in the ruts of homoeopathic reasoning that they are no longer able of critically evaluating these disturbing facts.
Since homoeopathy as a holistic health practice meets all the conditions treated in the referred Vatican Document, it qualifies as a New Age alternative therapy. In fact, it has been called the ‘flagship of holistic health deception among Christians’. When physicians use homoeopathy, they actually offer their patients the philosophy and spirituality of the New Age Movement.
It is the Vatican’s awareness of the subtlety of New Age philosophy and practice that resulted in its issuing such a Document. Hence the two significant words ‘now recognized‘ [n 1.3] in the first paragraph of this write-up.
Homeopathy’s message to Western medicine is, to put it bluntly, ‘Everything you know is wrong!’
Christian and non-Christian alike may be drawn to homeopathy because of its emphasis on the body’s efforts to heal itself and its shunning of drugs and surgery. A few enthusiastic Christians argue that Hahnemann’s system is a gift from God, an answer to the medical establishment which they view as steeped in secular humanism. Despite many claims and alleged parallels to modern medical practices and phenomena, homeopathy is not a legitimate medical practice. Until it has been categorically and scientifically proved that cure is rooted in a measurable physical reaction or change within the body, one must assume that the power behind homeopathy is spiritual and has side effects. Need we say any more?
Only that the Vatican is fully justified in warning Catholics against the New Age dangers of Homoeopathy by including it in the Document. END
Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,
Instead of publishing your email as a letter, we can publish it as a one-page article (700 words). In addition to the relevant information in your email, we can add your responses to these questions:
1. Is there any other reliable source from the medical field who has doubted or questioned the credibility and effectiveness of homeopathy?
2. What about the doctors, who neither know about nor care for the founder, but have seen through experience that it benefits a lot of people?
3. What about patients who, after having tried allopathy in vain, have turned finally to homeopathy and seen it works for them and been thankful to God for having brought them to something that has cured them? They will never ever bother to know about its founder and New Age means nothing to them?*
As a concerned fellow Christian what will you say to them? With all good wishes & prayers,
Fraternally, M.A. Joe Antony, SJ, Editor, The New Leader
*See following page for the answers
Dear Fr. Joe Antony
This is the best that I could do, to answer your three questions as well as address the issues raised in Dr. Leela’s article.
I request you to edit it to the size and content that you would like to use in THE NEW LEADER.
Please forgive me for the burden that I have given you, but I am confident that you will not mind. Thanking you,
Michael Prabhu ATTACHMENT HOM-NL.2 doc*
*The attachment that I made to my above letter to Fr. Joe Antony has since been inadvertently erased. However, a few of the points of that attachment — which anyway never got published in the New Leader in response to Dr. Francisco’s article – are reproduced on the following page**.
Dear Fr. Joe Antony
Today I received a copy of the July 16-31 issue of THE NEW LEADER.
Since my attachment of June 29 remains unacknowledged, and my earlier Letter to the Editor on Homoeopathy remains unpublished, do I take it that you do not want to publish my views on the subject, or is due to some other good reason?
Just for your kind information, the Pro Nuncio, the 3 Cardinals and about 30 Archbishops and Bishops, and several priests have written in support of my ministry during the last 6 weeks, and I am reproducing here just one such letter for you: [July 1, 2004 Letter from +Telesphore P. Card. Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi reproduced]
Dear Mr Michael,
Greetings of peace and joy! I wanted to write and thank you for your efforts to summarise your views. But I have been travelling and busy. So please excuse the delay. We are still trying to forge a one-page article out of your summary and to see that this contains all the important points you have mentioned. As soon as it is ready, we’ll publish it in the NL.
With all good wishes and prayers, Fr M.A. Joe Antony, SJ
Dear Fr. Joe Antony,
I look forward to the publishing of my findings on HOMOEOPATHY especially in view of the particular letter on the subject that was published in the most recent NL issue.
IN THE END, THERE WAS NO RESPONSE FROM THE JESUIT PRIEST- EDITOR OF THE NEW LEADER
DR. LEELA FRANCISCO, HOMOEOPATHIC ‘DOCTOR’ / THE NEW LEADER, CONTINUED
**1. A set of arguments, ones that were made by a Catholic homoeopathic doctor, Leela Francisco [recently in a Catholic fortnightly, The New Leader, in response to the Vatican Document and also probably to my write-up on Homoeopathy], who is, to quote her, “alarmed by… remarks” that “homoeopathy has recently been labeled by some as an evil therapy, occult practice, primitive science and so on” , is that “all healings are the handiwork of God”, that “homoeopathy is a 200-year time-tested healing art and science”, that “the origin of the vital force is the Holy Spirit who is God”, and that the vital energy is the energy of “God the Creator… flowing through sun and moon,… animal and human bodies”.
She claims that “each substance, whether animate or inanimate, possesses this energy by virtue of motion of its atomic particles,” that “this energy can easily be recorded by modern instruments” and that “the homoeopathic remedy resonates with this energy”.
Scientific tests are objective. When performed under the same conditions, they follow certain physical [natural] laws and produce the same specific and expected results. Homoeopathy is subjective, and does not follow any laws, as science confirms. Any honest homoeopath will admit to that. In contrast to the prevailing medicine of his day which treated only the disease, Hahnemann sought to treat a person symptomatically and holistically: homoeopaths enquire into the social, emotional and spiritual life of a patient before deciding their course of action.
All healings are certainly NOT the handiwork of God.
These include psychic healings, healings by shamans and voodoo doctors, and those of alternative medicines like acupuncture, reiki and pranic healing that too are founded on the ‘vital energy’ life force principle.
If indeed there were such a thing as the ‘vital energy’ then it would certainly be recorded by 21st century scientific instruments. But no such discovery has been documented.
More importantly, Hahnemann and fellow homoeopaths insist that it is a spiritual energy, not a material one, [a fact that the doctor conveniently ignores], which precludes the possibility of quantification. And, in the Biblical revelation of man as a tripartite being, which contradicts the homoeopathy theory, there is no evidence of any aspect of him — or of creation — that is a spiritual energy. See pages 11, 108. Certainly, man is spirit, soul and body. But that spirit is not the energy that is manipulated for healing in New Age medicine, that was ‘divinely revealed’ to Hahnemann, and that forms the basis for his philosophies of homoeopathy as set forth in the Organon.
Since homoeopathy as a holistic health practice meets all the conditions treated in the referred Vatican Document, it qualifies as a New Age alternative therapy. In fact, it has been called the ‘flagship of holistic health deception among Christians’. When physicians use homeopathy, they actually offer their patients the philosophy and spirituality of the New Age Movement.
2. Regarding the three questions received from Fr. Joe Antony of The New Leader,
to answer the Reverend Father’s first question, hundreds of doctors have, after research, concluded that homoeopathy is fundamentally unscientific and is not a legitimate medical practice.
“The International WHO Centre for research of undesirable effects of drugs and medicine in Uppsalla, Sweden noticed cases of damaged health, some of them very seriously, after treatment with homoeopathy” says Zivy Pramen.
Says Fr. Pilar, “It is not correct to say that a rejection of homoeopathy only happens due to a lack of knowledge. Scientifically founded criticism comes from highly competent experts. Prof. Otto Prokop in his book Homoeopathie- Was leistet sie wirklich? quotes a whole list of such scientists.
One of the outstanding critics, Prof. Fritz Donner, was even a former homoeopath himself. We can hardly attribute his critical attitude to lack of competence. A professor of pathology, Dr. Werner Dutz said, Homoeopathy is voodoo.
That is the only thing doctors can say about it. As far as the philosophical aspect is concerned, it should be assessed by
the priests, who should rack their brains about it, but it is not the task of the medical sciences to deal with this.”
Next, just because something ‘works’, it is not good enough reason for Christian acceptance.
Astrology, necromancy and divination WORK. Which is why God forbade their use, warning His people that there existed dark powers from which they must distance themselves.
“See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ” [Colossians 2:8]. Paul is teaching that humanistic thoughts and ideas are not a neutral as we like to imagine. There are spiritual forces at work behind the basic philosophical assumptions upon which man builds his society. Ignorance, in all cases, is not bliss.
As Christians engaged in constant spiritual warfare, we are enjoined by Scripture to increase our knowledge and discern the signs of the times [Hosea 4:6; 1 Chronicles 12:32, 33]. Spiritual inquiry is a commendable thing.
It is the Vatican’s awareness of the subtlety of New Age philosophy and practice that resulted in its producing such a Document. Hence the two significant words
Healing may not be in God’s will for a person in a particular situation. A friend of this writer failed to be relieved of a painful complaint after two visits to a popular retreat centre, but was healed when she submitted herself to pranic healing.
Psychic healing and dowsing have been around for longer than 200 years. Does that make them any less spiritually dangerous? Longevity is not a guarantee of validity. Nor is the popular acceptance of something.
Colleges now offer post-graduate degree courses in homeopathy. Degrees in the ‘science’ of Vedic astrology too will soon be on offer. Does that make it any more credible? By and large doctors don’t like what they see as an absence of science, but it is much worse than that. As a holistic healing system, it offers treatments for everything from Aids to ‘examination funk’ to ‘fear that something might come out of a corner’.
A short ode to homoeopathy in the 1998 Pioneer of Fr. Muller’s
is its own worst enemy:
“When food seems lumpy, Bed seems bumpy, Wife is grumpy, Nerves are jumpy, Give Nux Vom.”
DIE-HARD ENTHUSUIASTS’ LOYALTY TO HOMOEOPATHY
Says Fr. Pilar, “There is a historical trail from homoeopathy to the Bach-flowers* (Eduard Bach, the inventor of this therapy began his career as a homoeopath). Even today, many patients follow the same trail. Once the door to irrationalism has been opened, there is no stopping.”
Prof. Dr. Raynaud, homoeopath and director of Pharmaceutical Faculty in Lyon, France, said about homoeopathy: “As soon as you start with it, you stay loyal to it. Perhaps that is why so many physicians in France are literally addicted to it.” [Zivy Pramen] *see my separate article on this New Age therapy, Bach Flower Remedies
An abortionist doctor promotes Homoeopathy and AYUSH in The New Leader
Dear Sir, I refer to the article “The Church and health care: staying relevant” by Dr. Shantanu Dutta*, National Director of Viva Network
in The New Leader,
April 1-15, 2008.
The doctor recommends that the Church switch from the use of allopathic or Western medicine to Complementary/ Alternative/Traditional Medicine, and he prays that the Indian Church would set up an institution to promote these “folk” remedies. He argues that the United Nations’ World Health Organisation has issued a charter to promote these cheaper, indigenous practices that include what is known as
The Holy See warns of the potential spiritual dangers of yoga in two Documents [dated October 15, 1989 and February 3, 2003] and of the New Age fad of Holistic Health using Alternative medicines [in the latter Document] which mentions herbal remedies in general and homoeopathy in particular. It would be fair on your part to let NL readers be aware of this.
Michael Prabhu, Subscriber, Chennai **see following page
Dear Father Joe Antony,
This is in respect of my earlier letter to you today:
I have made two attachments. In one attachment I have excerpted the relevant portion of Dr Shantanu’s article.
The other attachment is a yet-to-be-completed article [AYUSH] that is to be shortly released by me. Regards, Michael
THE LETTER WAS PUBLISHED AS “I HOPE…” IN THE NEW LEADER JUNE 1-15, 2008
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christians who are doctors…
Dear Fr. Joe Antony, I was shocked to read some of
Dr. Shantanu Dutta‘s statements [Christians who are doctors… NL of Aug 1-15, 2007, Cover Story], such as “When our Christian doctors blandly refuse to do abortions… they are often consigning the women to a hellish existence.”
May I request him, in the light of Catholic teaching, to substitute the word “abortion” with “murder“, and review his case?
He relates to the Western woman who “has the option to choose and act in several different ways according to her conscience.”
This individual Western “conscience” has resulted in a relativist approach [for immediate personal benefit] to all pro-life issues resulting in an anti-life stance which our Popes have repeatedly condemned in the strongest terms. As opposed to this relativism, Catholic position on life is an absolute, based on the eternal Law, the Word of God in the Bible.
The individualistic and relativist approach to the “ethical dilemmas” that Dr. Dutta perceives has generated a highly-taxed [for social security benefits] aging Western society that is forced to offer incentives for parenting [even if it is out of wedlock, with greater rewards for single mothers] and encourage labour immigration to bolster their flagging economies which are threatened by the populous nations, China and India.
It has also resulted in a dishonest situation where abortion is promoted in the same breath as the skewed sex-ratio, caused by female foeticide and female infanticide, is lamented.
The West was founded, and once operated, on God’s laws. No more. We cannot disturb a single stone in the structure of God’s order without bringing the whole edifice down on our heads.
Yours sincerely, Michael Prabhu Subscriber, Chennai 600 028
THE LETTER WAS PUBLISHED AS “WE CAN’T FOLLOW THEM” IN THE NEW LEADER OCTOBER 1-15, 2007
AYUSH: AYURVEDA, YOGA, UNANI, SIDDHA, HOMOEOPATHY
Many people think that Homoeopathy is a native Indian system of medicine [Bhupathy! Ganpathy!! Homoeopathy!!!].
Most believe in its ‘efficacy’ and its ‘harmlessness’. It is used by millions of Indians, even Christians, as a ‘safe’ alternative to allopathy. The Indian government recognizes and promotes Homoeopathy as one of the important low-cost holistic medical treatments along with
Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, and Siddha, to form the acronym A-Y-U-S-H.
The first four [Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha] have their origins and background in indigenous herbal treatments, and a religious mythology that subscribes to an understanding of God, man, the purpose of his existence, the human body, sin, sickness, salvation, etc. that conflict with Judeo-Christian belief as revealed in the Bible.
Note how snugly homeopathy fits into a group that includes some practices that some Christians might otherwise avoid.
This writer has written on Ayurveda and Yoga, and articles on the practices of Unani and Siddha will soon be available.
The giant Hindustan Lever Limited [HLL]*, India’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods company have opened
AYUSH Therapy Centres
[five of them in Chennai and four in Bangalore as of 2006], in collaboration with the Coimbatore-based Arya Vaidya Pharmacy. India is now covered by dozens of centres run by franchisees.
*Along with a wide range of ayurvedic treatments, the services at Hindustan Lever’s mushrooming
“yoga- to attain cosmic balance between body and soul,” pranayama and meditation, according to an article on Bangalore’s “Holistic
Health Clinics” in Simply South, October-December 2003.
brochure has on its front the picture of a woman in the classic padmasana [lotus] yoga pose with hands and fingers in the upadesa mudra.
2A. SOUKYA: AN EXAMPLE OF AYUSH [PRIVATE], BANGALORE
Dr. Isaac Mathai comes from a [Catholic] family with a tradition of homoeopathic practice spanning four decades.
His mother was a practising homoeopath.
He took his M.D. in homoeopathy from the Hahnemann Post Graduate Institute of Homoeopathy, London.
He worked as a physician for 10 years at Europe’s first and largest holistic health clinic- the Hale Clinic.
pulse diagnosis and acupuncture
at the World Health Organization [WHO] Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanking, China. At the Harvard Medical School in the U.S., he trained in the
Programme. His dream of establishing a holistic healing centre in keeping with international standards for the mind-body-soul programme, fructified recently in ‘Soukya’ [in Sanskrit ‘wellbeing’] on 30 acres at Whitefield, Bangalore, and showcases world-class facilities that apply traditional skills of healing.
Soukya offers complementary therapies
acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, auriculotherapy, pranic healing,
therapy and zero balancing. Soukya is the only one of its kind in the world offering under one roof a combination of therapies ranging from
ayurveda, homoeopathy, siddha, unani
and allopathy. [The Hindu, February 16, 2003]
NOTE: Dr. Mathai is basically a homoeopath. But we can see how easy it is for a homoeopath to get involved in New Age.
2B. AYUSHYA: AN EXAMPLE OF AYUSH [INSTITUTIONALIZED]
SR. ELIZA KUPPOZHACKEL, MMS., AYUSHYA, CHANGANACHERRY, KOTTAYAM, KERALA
Catholics have been in the AYUSH business long before HLL got into the act.
is a Centre for Healing and Integration. It was started in 1985 under the auspices of the Medical Mission Sisters, to promote Health, Healing and Wholeness. The Centre conducts regular training programmes in Non-Drug Therapies, and runs a daily clinic using various non-drug therapies for treatment of Physical, Psychological, Emotional and Spiritual maladies. A team of experts trained in Holistic Health and several non-drug therapies from the East and the West heads the clinic. Besides non-drug therapies, the team also provides counseling, group therapy, psychotherapy and emotional body work…
“From 1970’s onwards, the sisters moved out from [well-equipped hospitals] institutions to be with the poor and to render health service not on physical cure only, but care for life in all its various dimensions. The idea of holistic approach to wellness/ healing/health was tried out as a new venture. An example of this experiment is AYUSHYA, started in 1985.“
To summarize, the nuns gave up the use of scientific allopathic medicine for low cost alternative medicine much of which is steeped in ancient oriental philosophies, associated with pre-Christian religions and the occult, and incompatible with both allopathy as well as Biblical revelation.
We see how AYUSH’s “non-drug therapies” and “holistic health” leads deeper into hardcore New Age. More from the AYUSHYA website:
“MMS took a new turn in health care with the introduction of alternate and drugless therapies such as Oriental medicine, Therapeutic massage, Colour Therapy, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Meridian Massage, Chakra Balancing, Zone Therapy, Hand and Foot Reflexology, Touch for Health, Therapeutic Touch, Magneto Therapy, Neuro Muscular Massage Therapy, Auricular Therapy, Seed Point Stimulation Therapy,
Intracutaneous, Needle Therapy, Vibrational Medicine, Bio Magnetic Touch Therapy, Biodynamic Massage, Craneo-Sacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, One Brain Therapy, Crystal Healing, Pranic Healing, Reiki,
Homeostasis Reality Therapy, Brain Wave Therapy, Stress Management, Psychotherapy, Emotional Bodywork, Spiritual Direction, Counseling,
Yoga and Meditation.
and home remedies are also utilized for certain ailments.
Most of the patients depend on the doctors to heal themselves while the real cause of 97% illness is within. AYUSHYA Health Clinic provides treatment for different kinds of ailments of body, mind, and spirit. The clinic utilizes several non-drug therapies and energy medicine for treating acute and chronic illness.
Other methods of treatment for mental health are Journey into Self Discovery Programme,
Pranic Psychotherapy, Life Guidance,
Yoga and Retreats for individuals and groups.”
There are over 130 homoeopathic colleges in India, of which more than 85 offer a degree course.
One of the largest and oldest is the
Fr. Muller’s Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital
FR. MULLER’S HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, MANGALORE
The annual magazines, Pioneer, of the
Fr. Muller Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Mangalore, founded by Jesuit missionary Fr. Augustus Muller in 1880, and
run by the Diocese of Mangalore, only
authenticate our earlier findings. The Freemasonic motto “Aude Sapere” is printed in several of their issues. Annual issue indicated in brackets.
“[This] system of medicine has been struggled (sic) from the time of Dr. Hahnemann till today with lots of criticism” and hence they still continue to reproduce articles in “attempts to justify the scientific basis of homoeopathy” .
“Homoeopathy has made claims of
Do [homoeopathic prescriptions] really effect any cure? …Some of the cases do respond, but a majority have no effect“. “Homoeopathy as science of medicine… and as an art of practice, both the areas are explosive and fraught with controversies… Many remedies are partially or unreliably proved… Efforts have been made to provide statistical and scientific data in favour of homoeopathy. However, the scientific community have either refused to take a look or found the explanations above their scientific bent of mind” .
They really mean that the ‘explanations’ are not in the realm of science. Why do its proponents feel a desperate need to justify homoeopathy as a science or question its effectiveness as a remedy even two centuries after its origination?
Is it because they themselves need convincing?
The 1994 and 1998 Pioneers recommend using Bach Flower Remedies [BFR] and yoga with homoeopathy, respectively. We learn the use of gems and colours, as well as pranayama, the “life energy, vital force or prana” to heal disease in the issue of 2000. The 1999 issue teaches use of the New Age Alexander Technique, aromatherapy, BFR, tai chi, yoga and meditation. The 2003 issue carries articles on BFR, Universal Life Force Energy – Reiki, The Chakras [“gateways for the flow of life and energy into our physical bodies”] and Tachyon – The Energy with Healing Power. An excerpt from the last-mentioned article:
“In addition to the material physical body that we perceive with our senses,
we have several other layers of energetic bodies… The energy… comes from one source. In India, it is called the Divine Mother. Christians call it the Holy Spirit, and in many modern new age spiritual teachings, it is called Cosmic Energy.”
The article, like others, also talks of the ‘subtle energy’ of the ‘subtle body’ [which are the ‘vital energy’ equivalents of homoeopathy], terms commonly used in Freemasonic and Theosophical esoteric writings.
The common denominator in all the above ‘alternative’ techniques, including homoeopathy, is the ‘life force’ principle. Their inclusion is for the purpose of justifying or reinforcing, as it were, belief in the homoeopathic concept of ‘vital energy’. If it were not so, they would not find place in an annual that promotes a supposed modern medical science.
One Pioneer issue mentions the use of Kirlian photography that reportedly maps the aura. The 1999 Pioneer features an essay on how to induce hypnotic trance states in a patient. Pioneer 2000 teaches mudras [hand gestures] for healing- physical, intellectual, spiritual [or holistic]; and music therapy [different ragas to heal different diseases]. There is almost a cultic reverence for Hahnemann who is often referred to as “our Master”. Misuse of homoeopathic practice
“is called as criminal treason of Divine Homoeopathy according to our Dr. Samuel Hahnemann”
[emphasis theirs, 2000].
“It is a sin to name homoeopathy linked with his followers or disciples or by terming it as …scientific etc.” .
From this brief information, it can clearly be seen that homoeopathy – whether at Fr. Muller’s or anywhere else — is a stepping board to all other New Age alternative medicines. Homoeopathy clearly has an affinity for New Age. That’s because Homoeopathy IS New Age.
MY CORRESPONDENCE WITH A CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC LEADER, DR. K. J. MATHAI, A HOMOEOPATHIC DOCTOR, WHO HAD ONLY RECENTLY ATTENDED A WEEK LONG ANNUAL RETREAT AND SEMINAR FOR LEADERS OF THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 6:35 AM
Dear Mr. Jolly Sebastian,
I hope you may be remembering the moments we spent at the retreat center, Coonoor, Ooty. Sorry I could not contact you earlier. I tried to get the Vatican document regarding New Age movement. Please send me the details of it. What is the title of it? Only if the title in Latin is known the particular document can be found out. You please visit the website
www.sahayathri.org and get the details of our activities at Marad. Please pray for us all.
Yours in Our Lord Jesus. Dr. K.J. Mathai
MY LETTER OF 29TH JUNE, 2004 TO DR. MATHAI:
Jolly has passed on your message for me to handle. I am very happy to see your interest in the New Age dangers.
I can provide you all the information that you want, on the New Age Movement.
I am attaching a four-page Summary of the Vatican New Age Document written by me and published in leading Catholic magazines. At the end of the Summary you will find the Vatican website details. At the beginning of the Summary you will find the name of the Document. Please let me know if you need anything more.
I am also attaching 2 write-ups on New Age etc by Errol Fernandes [EMMANUEL] who went to be with the Lord on the 25th. In Jesus’ Name, MICHAEL PRABHU, METAMORPHOSE MINISTRIES.
Dr. K.J. Mathai D.M.O. (Homeo)
Rtd. Sasthrinagar, Eranhipalam, Kozhikode 6, Kerala.
Dear Mr. Michael Prabhu,
Thanks a lot for your letter. I am Dr. K.J. Mathai 63 years old. At the age of 20, I joined Athurasram Homeopathic medical college Kottayam, Kerala; and after completing a course of 4 and a half years I was qualified with the title D.H.M. I began practicing Homeopathic Medicine. I had been inducted to Kerala State Govt. service; and served the people for 26 years with this system and retired as D.M.O. 8 years ago. There are more than 400 govt. dispensaries in Kerala, where homeopathic medicine is given to people free of charge. Now I am doing private practice. When we met at Coonoor, Mr. Jolly said that Homeopathy is also included in N.A.M. I was wonder- struck and wanted to know more about it. I read the document, you sent. In the second paragraph, under the title Health it is said “Advertising connected with New age covers a wide range of practices as acupuncture………..homeopathy……” I don’t understand how these two subjects have been connected. Who could have advertised like that? It seems that you have studied the document well. I will be much obliged if you please explain and clear my doubts?
With love and regards, Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. K.J. Mathai D.H.M. Ph. No. 0495 2368382 Mobile 9847038382
Dear Dr. Mathai,
You are a good Christian, brother, and you are a very humble man, and very open to learning from others, especially considering your qualifications, experience and seniority in age. I am sure that God will continue to bless you abundantly and the Holy Spirit will reveal to you what is truth, because of your thirst for it. Let me try and answer your letter briefly.
1. The referred Vatican Document, a summary of which I sent to you, does not describe INDIVIDUALLY what is wrong with yoga, or HOMOEOPATHY, or ACUPUNCTURE, or any of the therapies now identified as ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ medicine.
For instance, if they devoted one paragraph to YOGA, it would affect the religious sentiments of Hindus and cause an uproar and reaction against Christians in India. So the Document said things in a subtle way for Catholic pastoral leaders to understand.
In the case of ENNEAGRAMS, which is more or less a “Catholic” psycho-spiritual technique, the Document was SPECIFIC.
As for homoeopathy, the Vatican is well aware of the extent to which it has pervaded the Church, being propagated and practised by numerous Catholic individuals, apart from Catholic hospitals like Fr. Muller’s. It becomes a sensitive issue.
2. Homoeopathy is, in a sense, unlike the other overtly New Age therapies like iridology, biofeedback, chromo [colour] therapy etc. which are explicitly mentioned. I say ‘unlike’, because the latter are ‘inventions’ of the ‘late 20th century, whereas homoeopathy was invented and propagated long before ‘new age’ ideas became popular.
The latter inventions have certain commonalities. The Document describes them all, by explaining their origins or characteristics or philosophies or applications under different subheadings. It is not an easy thing to do. The Document hardly scratches the tip of the New Age iceberg. I have a huge library on the New Age, all authored by Protestant and Catholic writers, a great many of them being medical doctors, Ph.Ds, reverends and priests. No two books are the same. The Vatican could have safely made its Document ten times longer than what is now.
3. The commonality between acupuncture and reiki and pranic healing and homoeopathy is the “energy” principle for one thing. All believe in a sort of ‘energy’ or ‘energy body’ of man. This is explained in the Document. If you read Christian explanations of any of the above different therapies, you will see the common thread in everything.
4. Realization of New Age has dawned very slowly in the Christian world, with Protestants the first to identify it in alternative medicine. Catholics too have started to write on it since some time now, hence the Document, which is the end-product of much study and research by Catholics. Hence there are two very important and significant words in the Document in the sentence: …what is NOW RECOGNIZED as New Age… See the homoeopathy attachment here.
5. Tomorrow I am posting to your address my lengthier [nearly 40 pages] report on Homoeopathy.
Meanwhile here, I am attaching two shorter write-ups prepared by me, one on Acupuncture, another on Homoeopathy.
And one letter on Homoeopathy that has gone to the New Leader for publication
I hope they will give you a better picture. In Jesus’ Name Michael
PS. The word “advertised” in the Vatican Document does not literally mean “advertising” in the sense that we commonly understand. It means ‘made popular’ or ‘promoted’ or ‘practised’ or ‘propagated’. It is a word that is there for convenience, but I had already worried about its being misunderstood. It is probably a result of translation from the original Italian.
Dear Mr. Michael,
You took much pain to explain NAM. Thanks a lot. I have with me your e-mail id only. Nothing else about you is known to me. I wish to know more about you. In catechism classes I was taught that mind and will was human soul. When I learned anatomy and physiology, I came to know that mind, will, imagination, thinking, remembering etc. are only physiological functions of brain. When I encountered the word Vital force (Vital principle) in Homeopathy, I thought, that ‘That’ might be the Soul. But when I read Swamy Vivekananda and the Upanishads I got a clear picture of Soul.
Upanishad says “Nethi! Nethi!” (This is not! This is not!). That means if you think that some thing is ‘soul’, that is not soul. St. Thomas Aquinas says that if you think, that you have found God or Soul, what you have found out is not at all God or soul. Same thing is said by both, but in different languages. I don’t know why some words as eastern-religions, cosmos, force etc infuriates some so called Bible Scholars. Is not Jesus Christ an Asian? Did Christianity not originate in eastern hemisphere of the earth? Therefore is not Christianity also an Eastern Religion which the Document condemns? Jesus and his teachings are too simple= LOVE. But alas! Some ‘Doctors’ relaxing in thrones and easy chairs in air-conditioned rooms are simply interpreting and explaining what HE did and taught. They do not bother the least to translate the Scripture into life as Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Francis of Assisi etc. all did. These people who are now fighting against some shadows or imageries in the field of health were against Marxism in politics yesterday. Earlier it was in astronomy against Galileo. Their last generation fought against Jesus of Nazareth and crucified Him. But He has resurrected and is haunting them. I do not know whether the present warfare is stimulated by some big guns in the drug industry. If somebody says so they can’t be blamed.
A Catholic need only to heed what is declared by the Pope for the whole of church regarding morality and faith. St. Augustine has said that if you find some thing against logic or science even in Bible you need not accept it, for there may be a misunderstanding or mistranslation in it. One has to be daring to be with the TRUTH. When I read the book “Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawkins, I found out ‘how tiny is earth, and how small is man on it’. Why should he condemn some-body or some-thing, about which he knows nothing? It is the nature of man that those things, which he cannot comprehend or agree with, he attributes them to God or Satan. Contemporaries of Jesus said that He was possessed with demon. When the first train moved on the rails with fire and steam the now “Refined English People” said “Satan! Satan!”
Allegations in your article against Homeopathy are not new. I do not narrate here ‘Principles of Homoeopathy’. But please do a small experiment, which will cost only a few paises and some moments of yours. 1) Take 10 ml of water saturated with common salt. 2) Add 100 ml of pure water 3) Shake well for 30 minutes (Hit the bottle containing the solution against some books with the bottom of it. The container must be of the size that the solution is filled quarter of it.) 4) Take 10 ml out of this solution 5) Add 100 ml of pure water 6) Do as described in the 3rd step. 7) Repeat this process 30 times. Of course there must be a little quantity of common salt inside the solution that you get at the 30th time. Please find it out and get it out. If you do not get salt there inside that 1st batch, repeat the process with the 90ml of the solution that remained after the 4th step. Some where in the solution you got after the 30th repetition you must get the salt with which you saturated the 10 ml of water in the beginning, because matter can’t be annihilated. 8) Please drink yourself and those who are with you, one teaspoonful of the solution you got at the 30th dilution thrice daily for one or two weeks. 9) Please note down any change in your body or mind. As I said to you, this experiment might cost only a little time to you, during which you can converse with our Lord, if you feel the time is wasted. Please pray for us all. With love and regards,
Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. K.J. Mathai
OF AUGUST 2:
Dear Dr. Mathai
I appreciate the patience and kindness with which you have written such a long e-mail to me. There is a lot of truth in what you have said, but most of the conclusions that you have reached, I have to say, are wrong.
There is no scope in this letter for me to correct what I believe are erroneous ideas that you have picked up over the years in your quest for scientific knowledge. But you are entitled to your opinions. I wouldn’t bet my salvation on anything Stephen Hawkins says. Or the Upanishads and Swami Vivekananda. For myself I can say that my deep study of all aspects of life and its questions have led me to accept the wisdom of the Church. I can reply to you point wise, but it will be like arguing with you.
Only one thing that I can say is that when the Church condemned Galileo they were meddling in a matter of pure science, whereas, as you rightly said, the Church must be concerned only with matters of faith and morals. The New Age and Alternative Medicine fall in the LATTER category, not the former.
Because they deal with issues that find their philosophical and theological roots in pre- and non- Christian religions and hence deal with the SPIRITUAL, the metaphysical realm. Here we must safeguard ourselves. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Much love in Jesus’ Name Michael PS I am grateful that you wish to know more about me. A “brief” testimony is attached.
Dear Mr. Michael,
I am much obliged to you because your letter prompted me to go through Confucianism, occultism etc. in Encyclopedia Britannica. Confucianism as Dr. Hahnemann has stated, is really
wonderful. Here under I reproduce some excerpts. Five hundred years before Christ, Confucius asked the mankind to use reason. The so-called Christians ignoring the words and deeds of Jesus Christ were propping in darkness with faith- I don’t know in what- till the sixteenth century. Only recently has the Pope asked the faithful to use their reason. Please see the encyclical “Reason and faith”. Even then some fanatics in the field of renewal ignore this valuable exhortation.
In catechism classes I was taught, “God is the supreme spirit Who alone exists of Himself and is infinitely Perfect.” “God is Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Truth, Justice, Love, Goodness, and what not.” “Jesus Christ is God Incarnate.” Jesus and His Teachings are too simple= LOVE= “Be perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect.” He says. So there is no need of fear that the place of Almighty will be usurped by some force or power about which somebody says. Of course Love (=Goodness) is the greatest power. I don’t know why some Doctors take the sole responsibility of using these words, and condemn the seekers of Truth. AUDE SAPERE.
I peeped into occultism also in encyclopedia. Excerpts of which I found are given under.
Ceremonies under the leadership of the priests are pointed out as example of occult practices. The teachings of the Church also can be attributed as occultism and spiritism, because in the Holy Sacraments the believers are trying to be immersed in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
But in homeopathic practice there is no occultism.
Please pray for us all. With love and regards, Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. K.J. Mathai
[Along with the letter, Dr. Mathai sent me a lengthy attachment on the “force or energy called ch’i“
and Chinese Taoist and Confucian philosophy.]
I did, and this is what I got:
Inauguration of Medical Camp at Marad.
Professor Ramachandran Thampy inaugurated the clinic on 31/8/2003 at 10 A.M. Mr. M.T. Thomas president of the Association described the activities of Sahayathri. Fr. Dr. Antony Kozuvanal Secretary Infarm and Dr. Moidu of National Hospital Calicut made felicitations. Dr. Shiny, Dr.Devanand, Fr. Anto. S.J. Gopinath C. P. and Mr. Muhammad talked on Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Counseling,
and naturopathy, respectively.
ONCE AGAIN, WE SEE AYUSH. THIS UPANISHAD- AND CONFUCIUS-QUOTING NEW AGE CHARISMATIC ATTENDS A NATIONAL LEADERS‘ CONFERENCE. THIS CORRESPONDENCE WAS FORWARDED TO SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SEVICE TEAM OF THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, FOR THEIR INFORMATION. NO RESPONSE WAS RECEIVED BY ME.]
5. FR. SEBASTIAN OUSEPPARAMPIL, CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF INDIA [CHAI], SECUNDERABAD, AND THEIR MAGAZINE – ‘HEALTH ACTION’ – PROMOTERS OF AYUSH
I published a report dated 3.02.2000 on the activities of the Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh-based
CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF INDIA [CHAI] which vigorously promoted Pranic Healing and Reiki among other esoteric therapies and sold books on
Pranic Healing, as well as a book written by C.W. Leadbeater, a thirty-third degree
Freemason, which was meant for
Pranic and Reiki healers. The CHAI report is shortly to be updated and posted on the website in combination with a detailed report on the Holistic Health Centers run by nuns and one on “The New Age in Vailankanni” where CHAI and the nuns of different organizations openly promoted occult and New Age at the Basilica of Our Lady of Health during an international Catholic programme attended by thousands of delegates, the 10th World Day of the Sick, in February 2002.
The Vailankanni report elicited a letter from the priest-director of CHAI* threatening this writer with legal action for libel and slander and defaming the name of the institution. But, it is evident that the Bishops have taken action on the basis of the report [CHAI is backed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India], as funding to CHAI was reduced, and they completely stopped advertising for Pranic Healing and Reiki and the Freemasonry books. However, as my update will show, they have only diverted to promoting other areas of New Age alternative medicine.
is a hot favourite.
Health Action is the monthly magazine of CHAI.
In the January 2002 issue of Health Action, CHAI director Fr. Sebastian Ousepparampil‘s five-page cover story “East Meeting West” refers to
Meditation, Visualization, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, Massage and AYUSH, and explains in detail the following: Naturopathy, Chiropractic,
Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Holistic Healing.
The article on
Pranic Healing by Sr. (Dr.) Eliza Kuppozhackel, MMS., the head of the Pranic Healing Foundation of Kerala, and founder of AYUSHYA, titled “Harmonizing Energy Flow” also mentions
The August 2005 issue had an item “Health for all the Herbal Way” by G. Raju, Director, Gram Mooligai Co. Ltd., Bangalore. It explains “ayush, i.e. the Indian systems of medicine, ayurveda, siddha, unani and Tibetan medicine and homeopathy.”
Health Action, the organ of the Catholic Health Association of India [CHAI] regularly full-page advertises the book, ‘Homeopathy for Every Family‘ by Dr. K. Siva Sankar. Examples, Heath Action issues of July 1999 and January 2000.
The articles promoting homoeopathy and AYUSH in the monthly issues of Health Action are so many that it is pointless to attempt to record them.
*CHAI IS AN ORGANIZATION OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA!
6. ‘THE EXAMINER’, THE ARCHDIOCESAN WEEKLY OF BOMBAY
The Examiner, the Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay is a regular promoter of Homoeopathy
Thursday, February 16, 2006 2:36 PM Subject: LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear Fr. Anthony Charanghat,
This refers to the letter on
by Dr. Neville Bengali,
of 11th February in continuation of Dr. John Rodrigues’ article on the same ‘complementary medicine’ “The Healing Science of the 21st Century” in the previous issue, which also noted in a separate article by the Health Promotion Trust, founded by the Archdiocese of Bombay, that the treatments at the newest unit, the Holy Name Medical Centre also include Homoeopathy.
The Vatican Provisional Report [on the New Age] titled “Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life…” of February 3, 2003 states “Advertising connected with New Age covers a wide range of practices as acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, kinesiology,
homeopathy, iridology, reflexology, Rolfing…. psychic healing… healing by crystals and colours…” etc. and identifies the healing power in these disciplines as “our inner energy or cosmic energy” [n 2.2.3].
The document goes on to explain that this system of ‘holistic healing’ is occult or esoteric, and New Age.
I trust that you will publish my letter just in case some of your readers are not aware of these facts. Michael Prabhu
[Copies to Cardinal Ivan Dias, two Auxiliary Bishops of Bombay, and the Bishop of Vasai. No response]
Dear Fr. Antony Charanghat, Further to my ‘Letter to the Editor’ on the subject of HOMOEOPATHY, please find attached herewith my two intensively researched write-ups on this alternative therapy. I trust that you will find the time to examine them. Thanking you, and God Bless, Michael Prabhu, Metamorphose Catholic Ministries, Chennai,
My letter to the editor regarding Homoeopathy was not published.
Monday, March 06,
10:39 PM Subject: RECENT ARTICLE IN THE EXAMINER
Dear Reverend Father Antony Charanghat, This is a personal and private letter to you, and not for publication.
I refer to the article titled ‘Music With A Mission’ by Vijay Martis in THE EXAMINER of February 18th.
I called up Vijay to discuss the article with him. During our discussion he told me that this is an old article of his, and that he has left the Catholic Church and has not attended Mass for at least a couple of years now. He also informed me that he does not go to ANY church.
I was aware of this already, because Vijay has been a good friend of mine since a few years.
I had written to you [Letter to the Editor] on the 16th of February regarding the Health Promotion Trust’s inclusion of
Homoeopathy [The Examiner of 11th February], but my letter* is not published so far.
I trust that you will at least acknowledge receipt of this email. Thanking you, and God Bless, Michael Prabhu
THE PROMOTION OF HOMOEOPATHY: SOME EXTRACTS FROM THE EXAMINER [WITH MY COMMENTS AND NOTES ON PAGE 120]
The Examiner, September 9, 1995
On August 27, Bishop Thomas Dabre* blessed the new homoeopathic clinic of Dr. Sundeep Sequeira at Ambadi, Vasai’ [Mumbai]. Sequeira is a graduate from Fr. Muller’s Homoeopathic Medical College, Mangalore.
*Bishop Dabre of Vasai is the Chairman, Doctrinal Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
The Examiner, August 23, 2003, “Letter to the Prime Minister“
Letter to the editor
by Ronald Rebello, Mumbai.
The letter occupies almost a full page of The Examiner, but I reproduce here only the portion relevant to us,
“The idea of your Swasthya Suraksha Yojana is limited only towards one of the systems of medicine (western medicine – allopathy). How about having tertiary level hospitals of Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Naturopathy which the government has recognized?”
The Examiner, January 24, 2003, “Multiple Sclerosis (MS)“
Letter to the editor
by Dr. Neville S. Bengali.
EXTRACT: “Holistic systems like homoeopathy and magnet therapy raise the immune status by treating the individual as a whole and not just the disease conditions…. Long term treatment with complementary systems like magnet therapy, homoeopathy and Bach’s Flower Remedies
along with allopathic drugs will certainly improve the quality of life of MS persons…
The Examiner, October 16, 2004, “The Quality of Life“
by Dr. Neville S. Bengali.
While talking of transplant surgery, organ rejection, and the body’s defence mechanism, and the necessity of taking drugs, Dr. Bengali switches to his topic of “Holistic Health“. Then he adds, “Therapeutic systems like homeopathy, yoga, acupuncture, magnet therapy and naturopathy treat the patient constitutionally taking into account the entire psychophysical state of the individual…”
The Examiner, March 19, 2005, “Holy Cross Medical Centre, Kurla – A Trend Setter” by Sr. Agnes D’Mello, PSOL
EXTRACT: “On Sunday, 13th March, 2005, Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca inaugurated and blessed the Holy Cross Medical Centre… Already there are enquiries from other parishes… This Medical Centre is a small step by Holy Cross, Kurla, which will become a giant leap for the Archdiocese of Bombay. Bishop Ferdie in his presidential speech seconded this and congratulated all those connected with starting such a …Centre.
Of course, such a gigantic project would not be possible were it not for …Msgr. Stanislaus Lobo, Chief Trustee of the Archdiocesan Health Promotion Trust. After the Medical Centres at Holy Name, Colaba and Salvation Church, Dadar, this is their third and biggest Centre. This is the “Good” that Kurla offers to all… We have a full-fledged Homoeopathic Clinic which is doing wonders with Dr. John Rodrigues and his team of three doctors…
These days, along with the traditional system of medicine, alternative medicines are becoming popular. Therefore we have already started Yoga classes which has helped our parishioners in a big way…
The Examiner, January 28, 2006, “Health Promotion Trust“. Full Page by Health Promotion Trust [HPT]
EXTRACT: In August 2000, the Archdiocese of Bombay formed the Health Promotion Trust with the logo “Hello Doctor” and the slogan “Health Care That Reaches Out”. The first mobile unit was launched in December 2000…. This venture resulted in the first medical centre at Colaba in the name of “The Holy Name Charitable Medical Centre” in 2001…
In 2002, the Trust started working on the idea of a second mobile unit and in October of 2003 acquired its target. Stationed at Kurla West… In early 2005, the need arose for another centre and Kurla became the place, where by March the second centre was started in the name of “Holy Cross Medical Centre” with as many as 15 departments, viz. General Medicine, Homoeopathy…
The Trust sees the need for three more mobile units and at least three more medical centres. Possible sites would be Dadar and Borivali on the west and Mulund and Vashi on the East…
The Examiner, January 28, 2006, “The Healing Science of the 21st Century“. Hello Doctor, Health Page by Health Promotion Trust [HPT], Dr. John D. Rodrigues, Classical Homeopath
THIS IS A FULL PAGE ARTICLE PROMOTING THE USE OF HOMOEOPATHY
HPT, Mr. F. D’Souza, firstname.lastname@example.org 98198 65124, 22021193 extension 239
The Examiner, February 21, 2006, “Homoeopathy –
Letter to the Editor
by Dr. Neville S. Bengali, Mumbai.
EXTRACT: Dr. John Rodrigues has rightly advised the public to “avoid spurious, untrained, unqualified homoeopaths” (The Examiner, January 28, 2006). Stalwarts of homoeopathy describe this wonderful system as a double-edged weapon, particularly the higher potencies… Holistic systems like homoeopathy and magnet therapy are more suited to…
Noting the immediate effects of allopathic drugs, some homeopaths and ayurveds administer these drugs surreptitiously to their patients…
The Examiner, March 4, 2006, “Cataract“. Hello Doctor, Health Page by Health Promotion Trust [HPT]
HPT Professional Committee Member: Dr. John Rodrigues, Classical Homeopath.
The Examiner, March 11, 2006, National News
EXTRACT: “Dr. V. T. D’Souza of Mangalore, who has been serving the community in the homoeopathic field for the past 40 years, was awarded the Rachana professional of the Year. Rachana is an association of Catholic professionals and agriculturists, striving to promote these avocations with Christian values. It is under the auspices of the Catholic Sabha, Mangalore…” [SAR]
The Examiner, June 17, 2006, “Bronchial Asthma“. Hello Doctor, Health Page by Health Promotion Trust
EXTRACT: “Homeopathy is a scientific system of medicine… Homeopathic medicines have a very deep penetrating power although given in minute doses… Asthma of any intensity can be cured if the patient receives proper homeopathic constitutional similimum.” Contact Dr. John Rodrigues, Hello Doctor Centre’s Classical Homeopath.
98211 73894, 2820 3471
The Examiner, July 15, 2006, “Hello Doctor
total medical free check-up camp”
EXTRACT: “Homoeopathy will be included…” The Health Promotion Trust
The Examiner, August 19, 2006, “Migraine“. Hello Doctor, Health Page by Health Promotion Trust
EXTRACT: “Certain auxiliary modes of treatment which can help in bringing down the severity of migraine are a) Stress reduction techniques such as yoga, b) Stress management by biofeedback and hypnosis and c) Acupressure… Homoeopathic medicines are known to treat and cure migraine. The homoeopathic approach is directed to heal the body and mind from within…
The Examiner, September 30, 2006, “EM pollution and virulent viruses“
by Dr. Neville S. Bengali, Biomagnetic Researcher.
EXTRACT: Wile most modern drugs like antibiotics are immuno-suppressive thus disturbing the natural resonant state of tissue cells, holistic systems like magnet therapy, homeopathy and yoga are immuno-modulatory and thus maintain biomagnetic stability, increasing the resistance to disease.
The Examiner, October 28, 2006, “Dengue & Chikungunya“
Full page article
by Dr. Neville S. Bengali.
“Dr. Neville Bengali is a world renowned researcher in magnet therapy.”
EXTRACT: To strengthen the immune mechanism forms the essential principle of holistic systems like homeopathy and magnet therapy. These systems of medicine treat the patient as a whole…
The Examiner, November 11, 2006, “A Joint Action“. Hello Doctor, Health Page by Health Promotion Trust
EXTRACT: “Homoeopathic medicines show 88-90% effectiveness…” reveals Dr. Divya Pandav, homoeopathic consultant at Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Clinic, Mumbai… Relaxation techniques such as yoga help reduce stress…
Some people say that they experience less joint pain with electrotherapy, massage, acupuncture and acupressure.
The Examiner, November 18, 2006, “Fr Mullers Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital building opened”
EXTRACT: The modern
Fr Muller’s Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital building at Deralakatte was inaugurated at Deralakatte on Tuesday, November 7, 2006… [mangalorean.com]
The Examiner, February 24, 2007, “Heart Disease“
Letter to the Editor
by Beverly N. Bengali, Mumbai
EXTRACT: According to biomagnetic researcher Dr. Neville Bengali… “Constitutional treatment through complementary systems like magnet therapy and homoeopathy are invaluable in the management of heart disorders. These holistic systems regulate the functioning of vital organs like the heart, kidney and liver…
As no system is complete in itself, Dr. Bengali encourages a judicious coordination of different systems like magnet therapy with allopathy and/or homoeopathy.”
The Examiner, August 4, 2007, “Osteoporosis“
Letter to the Editor
by Beverly N. Bengali, Mumbai
EXTRACT: According to biomedical researcher Dr. Neville Bengali… “regulating metabolism and hormonal activity forms the very basis of holistic systems like homoeopathy and magnet therapy…”
The Examiner, October 13, 2007, “Father Muller Hospital
introduces Health Card scheme“
EXTRACT: Fr Muller Charitable Institutions was started in 1880 by Fr. Augustus Muller, a German Jesuit missionary, as a small homoeopathic dispensary to serve the people of the area. Today it is one of the leading medical institutions in the country with a medical college, a homoeopathic college, postgraduate medical courses, a college of nursing, and a general hospital. The Muller Hospital and College is run by the Mangalore Diocese. [SAR News]
The Examiner, March 1, 2008, “Cancer Therapy“
Letter to the Editor
by Dr. Neville S. Bengali, Mumbai
EXTRACT: “This is with reference to “Cancer Therapy” (The Examiner, Feb. 23, 2008). According to researchers, in biomagnetic medicine (magnet therapy) the fundamental changes that occur during a disease process are at the biomagnetic (bioenergy) level… Magnetism being one of Nature’s fundamental forces, is proving to be a wonderful therapeutic agent. Dr. Douglas Baker, in his book he Powers Latent in man’, written several decades ago, had predicted that ‘In the very near future the ultimate cure for cancer will lie in something as simple as a magnetic field.”
…Magnet therapy checks the spread of cancer by stabilizing cellular resonant states. In the earlier stages cancerous conditions have been cured. As no therapeutic system is entire in itself, a judicious co-ordination of different systems (like allopathy and/or homoeopathy with magnet therapy) may sometimes be necessary.”
The Examiner, Jan. 17, 2009, “Course in Naturopathy and Homoeopathy” in ‘Archdiocesan Forthcoming Events‘
Fr. M. Britto Joseph, SJ.,
will be conducting a three-day course in Basic Naturopathy, with an Introduction to Homoeopathy, for lay people from January 24-26, 2009 at St. Pius X School Sports Room, Mulund 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. For further information contact Ms. Glenda Viegas on 2560 0526. [Fr. Britto is regularly advertised in The Examiner]
MY COMMENTS ON THE EXAMINER’S OPEN PROPAGATION OF HOMOEOPATHY
1. Note that my Letters to the editor of The Examiner
[TE], February 2006, my article on Homoeopathy attached, pointing out that Homoeopathy is New Age, and criticising Drs. Neville Bengali and John Rodrigues’ articles, were not published. Since otherwise homoeopathy fills the pages of TE, it shows that TE is biased towards homoeopathy. Remember that it is also the Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay, read and approved by the Bombay Cardinal, three auxiliary Bishops and at least two emeritus Bishops of Bombay.
Bishop Dabre of Vasai, Chairman, Doctrinal Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India himself blessed a new Homoeopathic Clinic. Emeritus Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca blessed a medical centre that uses homoeopathy and offers yoga classes.
These Medical Centers and mobile clinics that are now proliferating in many parishes are part of the Archdiocesan Health Promotion Trust which means that Homoeopathy — like Yoga, Vipassana, Enneagrams, etc. [see separate articles] — is institutionalized in the Archdiocese.
2. Who is RONALD REBELLO who wrote to the Prime Minister copy to TE, asking for “tertiary level hospitals of Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Homeopathy…“? At the time of writing that letter, Ronald Rebello was just 21 years old. He died on February 23, 2007, aged 25. He was the son of Dr. Leo Rebello. Who is Dr. Leo Rebello?
Dr. Leo Rebello is a lapsed Catholic, a leading New Ager and promoter of New Age Alternative Therapies.
Dr. Rebello wrote me that both their sons, Ronald and Robin were never subjected to any inoculations or vaccinations, and, excepting homoeopathy, have never used any allopathic medicines, under their dad’s “professional” care. It is therefore very sad to hear of Ronald Rebello’s 25 days of high fever which remained undiagnosed or refused to reduce, resulting in his untimely and unnecessary demise.
3. It is my sincere belief that Ronald Rebello would be alive today if his father had not denied him vaccinations, inoculations and allopathic treatment in favour of homeopathy and other dubious alternative medicines about which he has written so much in the books that he has authored. And this is the grave danger in what The Examiner is doing with issues concerning the health of its subscribers and readers:
The Examiner, March 1,
2008, “Cancer Therapy” Letter to the Editor by
Dr. Neville S. Bengali, the doctor recommends magnet therapy claiming that it checks cancer in its initial stages; he also suggests
“a judicious co-ordination of different systems (like allopathy and/or homoeopathy with magnet therapy).”
Following such advice can prove fatal for patients.
4. Much of the claims in TE by promoters of such treatments like magnet therapy and homoeopathy are a blatant lie. For example, “Homeopathy is a scientific system of medicine“, The Examiner, June 17,
They are not scientific despite all the pseudo-scientific jargon used by their proponents. There is no evidence or their success. Note the clever, careful wording used in The Examiner, August 19,
2006, for “Migraine”: “Homoeopathic medicines
are known to treat and cure migraine”. “Are known to”. Not convincing.
Note also the admission made by Dr. Bengali in The Examiner, February 21,
2006, “Homoeopathy – complementary medicine“: “Noting the immediate effects of allopathic drugs, some homeopaths and ayurveds administer these drugs surreptitiously to their patients….“. Something I’ve been saying all along.
5. Dr. Bengali and others keep using terms such as “complementary medicine“, “holistic systems“, etc.
See also “treating the individual as a whole“, The Examiner, January 24,
“These systems of medicine treat the patient as a whole“, The Examiner, October 28,
Complementary medicines are the same as alternative medicines/therapies which are New Age. The Vatican Document has explained what this ‘wholism’ / ‘holistic’ means, and why Catholics must be warned.
6. It seems that The Examiner encourages Dr. Neville Bengali and his wife Beverly to use TE to lobby for New Age medicine and to advertise Dr. Bengali’s profession. Below their names following their letters to the editor, there is always the inclusion of “The Cooperage”, apparently making their residence identifiable.
Beverly does not need more than the slightest excuse to dash off a letter and in it somehow mention both homoeopathy, as well as magnet therapy — her doctor husband’s area of specialization. She once described him as a “biomagnetic researcher” and another time as a “biomedical researcher”.
Whatever the case, magnet therapy is New Age medicine and it will be the subject of a later article.
7. Note that whether it was Ronald Rebello or Dr. Neville Bengali or the Bombay Archdiocesan Health Promotion Trust, the recommendation of homoeopathy always combined with acupressure, acupuncture, Bach Flower Remedies, biofeedback, hypnosis, magnet therapy, yoga or some other New Age practice, even [certain kinds of] massage, [The Examiner, November 11, 2006] mentioned in the Vatican Document #2.2.3.
Fr. Larry Hogan, Chief Exorcist of the Archdiocese of Vienna on Homoeopathy
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, made three brief statements — on two occasions on different days* — when responding to questions raised by senior Charismatic Renewal leaders concerning homoeopathy:
-‘homoeopathy is magic’,
-that in Europe an estimated 80% of homoeopaths use occult practices for the selection, preparation and prescription of remedies [Fr. Pilar confirms this statistic in his book]
-that he would not recommend anyone to use homoeopathy.
*Fr. Larry repeated this very firmly a second time in reply to insistent questioning.
The Seminar was organized by the National Service Team of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Fr. Rufus Pereira
of the Bombay archdiocese, who has a ministry of healing, deliverance and exorcism, was also on the dais both times.
The Charismatic Renewal leaders concerned were deeply disturbed because at that Seminar I was distributing copies of my 38-page report on Homoeopathy, the same report which is now updated into this one that you are reading.
HOMEOPATHY EMBEDDED IN THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL AT THE VERY TOP
These leaders are known to be using homoeopathy and it is reportedly manufactured by a group of them who have been senior leaders on a regional service team.
Hoping to get a ‘don’t know’ response or, if they were lucky, a favourable reply that might then put me into serous trouble for distributing incorrect information at an Asian Charismatic Seminar, they repeated their questions in the box provided.
When answering the questions a second time, Fr. Larry Hogan held up and displayed a copy of Fr. Clemens Pilar’s book and recommended it to the delegates. I was sitting at the rear of the hall beside a national leader and the Chairperson of the Pakistan Service Team and held up my own copy of the book [I had purchased 10 copies from the ministry of Fr. Jose Vettiyanckal, VC., just a few days earlier.
Since then I have distributed 9 copies to senior Renewal leaders]. Fathers Larry and Rufus drew their attention of the delegates in the hall to me.
Eventually, it did not matter to the leaders that two international exorcists had publicly advised them against using homoeopathy. One leader even wrote to me that they could not accept what my reports say it. And, I believe that one of the reasons that I am unable to speak to charismatic groups in Goa is because of my stand on homoeopathy.
It is the same in another city which I shall not name as the leaders are otherwise supportive of my internet ministry.
Despite every evidence available, that homeopathy for Catholics is a definite no-no is something that many senior charismatic leaders are unable to accept, thus showing their real disposition toward a ministry in and by the Holy Spirit.
These otherwise good people simply do not want to know the truth, remaining in a state of denial.
Shalom Ministries in Peruvannamoozhi, Calicut, Kerala, were very supportive of this ministry, publishing an article of mine on Pranic Healing in July 2000 and sending me a cheque [unsolicited] for Rs 1000. But when I published my report on homoeopathy in early 2004, they disagreed with me:
“I read your matter that you had sent about Homeopathic. To say you the truth I cannot accept the matter you have written. I have also studied Homeopathic. It cannot be considered as occult practices. This treatment has been going through ages and has been valuable at all times. Moreover it is Government recognised. Of all the articles you have written I don’t agree with this one.”
They are closely associated with the Nirmala Retreat Centre, Kulathuvayal, Perambra, Calicut, founded by the late Fr. C.J. Varkey, an eminent charismatic priest. But at this charismatic retreat centre there is a homoeopathic clinic and dispensary run by the nuns of the M.S.M.I. order founded by Fr. Varkey. Strange bedfellows, the occult and the charismatic renewal.
In June 2004, I learned that Sr. Gyles, MSMI., who was in charge of the clinic, and Fr. Abraham Kadiyakuzhi, who succeeded Fr. Varkey as the Director, had examined my report and agreed that it contained truth. But the homoeopathic clinic still operates. Despite the disagreement with me on homoeopathy, Shalom Tidings serialised my article on Martial Arts in its issues of May-June and Sep-Oct 2005. This is something like “Cafeteria Catholicism” [pick and choose].
Funny thing is, if Pranic Healing and the Martial Arts are New Age, as Shalom Tidings agrees, then the same applies to homoeopathy: their spiritual underpinnings are the same- the manipulation and use of a cosmic or universal life force or pranic or vital [whatever the name] energy that the Vatican Document on the New Age clearly says is occult.
Several priests, too, have parted ways with me on the issue of homoeopathy, one of them from a religious congregation being a senior leader in charismatic ministry whose family members, also in charismatic ministry leadership, have abjured homoeopathy on being confronted with the facts.
In December of 2006, Aneel Aranha of Holy Spirit Interactive ministries, Dubai, visited my city, Chennai. to preach at Catholic churches and prayer groups. His blog reveals that he stayed at the residence of Dr. Leela Francisco*, a leading homoeopath who attacked this ministry’s – as well as rejecting the Vatican Document’s – stand on homoeopathy in an article in The New Leader [see page 107] which refused to publish my rejoinder despite a lengthy exchange of letters.
*“Monday, December 11, 2006 Discipleship Program, San Thome, Chennai
Some of the people who were instrumental in putting the Discipleship Program together were Leela Francisco, who not only opened her heart to this servant of God, but also her home.“
Homoeopathy is so deeply embedded in the leadership of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal that a report could be entirely dedicated to the subject.
In closing, I would like to add that not all leaders in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal practise homoeopathy or are closed to hearing the truth about the alternative remedy.
All those who have either written or spoken against homoeopathy – Father James Mariakumar and Sr. Mary Pereira, Fr. Larry Hogan, Fr. Rufus Pereira, Erika Gibello, and Fr. James Manjackal, MSFS – are retreat preachers who profess a charismatic spirituality.
And all of them are in touch with this ministry.
Let us pray that the bondage of homoeopathy in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be broken so that more Catholics may be set free.