New Religious Movements and New Age -Rome proceeds “a step further”

MAY 17, 2013

New Religious Movements and New Age –

Rome proceeds “a step further”

ALL EMPHASES IN THIS REPORT ARE MINE

In May 2003, ten years ago this month, the web site of this ministry was inaugurated. My very first article written specifically for the site, and which was carried in Mumbai’s The Coastal Observer and the Bombay archdiocesan weekly The Examiner was my analysis of the February 3, 2003, Vatican Document on the New Age, JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE.

Critics of this ministry and of the 2003 Document disparagingly dismissed it as just a “Provisional Report” and hoped/expected that nothing would come of it. But today, news broke that Rome has held what can be considered as a follow-up meeting to examine the twin phenomena of New Religious Movements [NRMs] and the New Age Movement [NAM] which the Catholic Church perceive as “one of the most serious pastoral problems of today” [Erga migrantes caritas Christi, #48].

Those critics must be enlightened that the 2003 “Provisional Report” did not suddenly materialise out of nowhere. My present report chronicles a process that commenced with a questionnaire sent to all Episcopal Conferences [the procedure started in 1983 with the drafting of seven questions that were then sent to the national and regional bishops’ conferences], after which an initial Provisional Report [from the Councils for Promoting Christian Unity, Inter-Religious Dialogue, and Culture] on sects, cults, and new religious movements was issued in May 1986*. That was succeeded by a statement in May 1991 [earlier, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Francis Arinze spoke April 5, 1991 on the Challenge of the Sects and NRMs: A Pastoral Approach *] and the publishing of an anthology of texts in 2000, which last — along with the 2003 Provisional Report on the New Age — was cited in a Document released by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants [mentioned above] in May 2004. February 2004 saw the holding of an International Theological Video Conference on Sects and the New Age**.

Rome has not been sleeping on this grave spiritual issue which Pope John Paul II had described as “one of the greatest threats to Christianity in the third millennium“.

*See
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, CULTS AND SECTS-TWO STATEMENTS FROM THE VATICAN
MAY 3, 1986 & APRIL 5, 1991

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_RELIGIOUS_MOVEMENTS_CULTS_AND_SECTS-TWO_STATEMENTS_FROM_THE_VATICAN.doc

The 1986 Document was described by Fr. Remi Hoeckman, O.P. “as a first step in the process of gathering information leading to further study,” and so it turned out to be. The process continues in May 2013.

At the Cardinals’ Fourth Extraordinary Consistory of April 1991, one session was dedicated to the NRMs; its agenda title was “The Proclamation of Christ, the Only Savior, and the Challenge of the Sects.”

**NEW AGE-INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL VIDEO CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 2004

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_AGE-INTERNATIONAL_THEOLOGICAL_VIDEO_CONFERENCE.doc

Inspite of all of this, and considering that the then Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Most Rev. Thomas Dabre, even participated in a Vatican Seminar on the New Age in June of 2004, see his May 17, 2004, email letter and three others to me, below,

Dear Michael (Prabhu),

Greetings of Peace and Joy! Thank you for your notes on the New Age. Sorry for the delay, as I was in Bangalore and Bangkok. I share your concerns regarding the New Age. Your notes will help me. I am attending a seminar on New Age organized by the Vatican on 14th, 15th and 16th June. So in some way, it is providential that you wrote to me.

Only keep one thing in mind, better not to give an impression of being a fault-finder. The Church is a community of love and unity. As St. Paul says, we have to build a community in love. We should not create faults in such a way, so as to appear lacking in luv. For the rest, I appreciate your concern for truth, but love is ultimate.

Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre, [email 17th May 2004],

Dear Michael and Angela Prabhu,

Greetings of Peace and Joy! I am delighted to receive your message of congratulations. You are so very thoughtful and generous. Do pray for me and this new diocese. I appreciate your love and concern for the Church.

I will give you a brief report of the seminar on the New Age in Rome, when I come back. God Bless You.

Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Vasai
[email 2nd June 2004],

Dear Michael Prabhu,

Greetings of Peace and Joy! Trust you are well.

I gave a lecture on New Age in Bonn, Germany and attended a seminar on the New Age in the Vatican.

It was a huge success. I shall send you the final copy, once it comes from the Vatican.

Thanking you, Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre
[email xx June 2004], [the promised report of the seminar did not materialise]

From:
Bishop Thomas Dabre
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:43 AM

Dear Michael,

Greetings of Peace and Joy! I am grieved to know of the demise of Errol. I agree with all you have said about him. He was a true Catholic. He devoted himself for the cause of the faith. May he rest in peace.

You keep up your good work. I am with you in your defence of the Catholic faith, but we must do it in humility, in love and with a spirit of forgiveness. God Bless You.

Yours Sincerely,

Bishop Thomas Dabre,

the Indian Church has not only remained ominously silent on the NRMs and the New Age, but New Age has become institutionalized in the Indian Church, most especially in the Archdiocese of Bombay through its weekly The Examiner, as I have documented in my numerous articles and reports over the past decade.

[The Examiner is the launching pad and promoter of various alternative therapies, New Age organizations, Eastern meditations and psycho-spiritual techniques, for example, acupuncture, Centering prayer, Earth-Centred Retreats, enneagrams, homoeopathy, Kripa Foundation, the labyrinth, magnet therapy, the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator [MBTI], Neuro Linguistic Programming, vipassana, the World Community for Christian Meditation [WCCM], yoga, Interplay, etc. The
archdiocese boasts of three Cardinals, one of who is in Rome [Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples], one in retirement, while the third* is currently the President of the CBCI and the CCBI as well the Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences,
and
member, Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts; and six auxiliary bishops, three of who are in retirement. What are Indian Catholics to make of all this?

I take heart in noting that apart from the appointment on April 13 of a group of eight Cardinals [which includes *Oswald Gracias of Bombay] “to advise him in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, ‘Pastor Bonus’,” almost the very first other major proceeding in Rome under the presidency of Pope Francis is on the NRMs and the NAM, a matter of immense significance to us crusaders against the New Age in the Catholic Church in India and worldwide.

BREAKING NEWS:

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS: SEARCH FOR EFFECTIVE ANSWERS

Vatican Information Service – VISnews130517, YEAR XXIII – N° 109, DATE 17-05-2013

Vatican City – Yesterday, Thursday 16 May, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel, there was a meeting on new religious movements organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue that, together with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Councils for Promoting Christian Unity and for Culture, have been studying these phenomena for some time.

In 1986, for the first time, a brief provisional report was published entitled: “The Phenomenon of Sects and the New Religious Movements: Pastoral Challenge”*, the result of a questionnaire sent out to the Episcopal Conferences two years prior.

Since that time, the aforementioned dicasteries have continued their task of reflection, publishing an anthology of texts entitled: “Sects and New Religious Movements: Texts of the Catholic Church (1986-1994)**.

In 2003, “Jesus Christ, Bearer of Living Water, A Christian Reflection on the ‘New Age’,****** was published by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue following an International Conference on the New Age*******.

Yesterday’s meeting, attended by around 40 representatives from various Vatican dicasteries, pontifical universities, the Italian Episcopal Conference, and the Vicariate of Rome, is a step further along the path of reflection, study, and the search for effective pastoral responses.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, opened and closed the meeting while Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I., secretary of the same dicastery, acted as moderator. Some of the themes covered include: New Religious Movements and the New Evangelization; New Frontiers of the Sacred; Dialogue and Comparison between Faith and Credulity; Catholics and Pentecostals—Identity, Ties, and Perspectives; and New Age, Analysis of the Cultural Context.

Speakers included: Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization; Fr. Michael Fuss and Fr. Michael P. Gallagher, S.J., professors at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Msgr. Juan Usma Gomez, office director of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; and Fr. Alessandro Olivieri Pennesi, director of the Vicariate of Rome’s Office for New Worship.

*NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, CULTS AND SECTS-TWO STATEMENTS FROM THE VATICAN
MAY 3, 1986 & APRIL 5, 1991

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_RELIGIOUS_MOVEMENTS_CULTS_AND_SECTS-TWO_STATEMENTS_FROM_THE_VATICAN.doc
EXTRACTS:

#2.1.8 Terms used: vision, awakening, commitment, newness, a new order, a way out, alternatives, goals, hope.

The sects appear to offer: a “new vision” of oneself, of humanity, of history, of the cosmos. They promise the beginning of a new age, a new era.

II. TYPOLOGY OF THE NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS

Types With Reference to Christianity

With reference to Christianity we can distinguish new movements coming from the Protestant reform, sects with Christian roots but with considerable doctrinal differences, movements derived from other religions, and movements stemming from humanitarian or so-called “human potential” backgrounds (such as New Age and religious therapeutic groups), or from “divine potential” movements found particularly in Eastern religious traditions.

Different are NRMs which are born through contact between universal religions and primal religious cultures.

**Erga migrantes caritas Christi (The love of Christ towards migrants)

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE PASTORAL CARE OF MIGRANTS AND ITINERANT PEOPLE

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/migrants/documents/rc_pc_migrants_doc_20040514_erga-migrantes-caritas-christi_en.html

Vatican City, 2004

48.
A particular danger to the faith comes from today’s religious pluralism, in the sense of relativism and syncretism in religious matters. To combat this danger it is necessary to prepare new pastoral initiatives
that are capable of confronting this phenomenon which, together with the proliferation of sects53, is
one of the most serious pastoral problems of today.

53Cf. 1991 Message: OR 15 August 1990, p. 5; Secretariats for Christian Unity, for Non-Christians and for Non-Believers and Pontifical Council for Culture (eds.), The Phenomenon of Sects and New Religious Movements: a Pastoral Challenge, Vatican City 1986; and Sects and New Religious Movements: Texts of the Catholic Church (1986-1994) (by the Work Group for New Religious Movements), Vatican City 1995. Regarding “New Age”, cf. Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue, Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life. A Christian Reflection on the “New Age”, Vatican City 2003.

Rome, from the offices of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, on the 3rd of May 2004, Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles.

Stephen Fumio Cardinal Hamao
President

+ Agostino Marchetto
Titular Archbishop of Astigi
Secretary

**See
NEW AGE-THE WORKING GROUP ON NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN THE VATICAN
1984/2000/2011

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_AGE-THE_WORKING_GROUP_ON_NEW_RELIGIOUS_MOVEMENTS_IN_THE_VATICAN.doc
EXTRACTS:

Diversity of origin of the New Religious Movements

5.
Gnostic-oriented groups, especially in the diversity of the New Age movement;

New Age

The New Age movement might be described as a quasi-religious subculture that is widespread but not in any way sharply defined. It is said to aim at making individuals come in touch with the light of their inner self and all manifestations of the divine inside and around them through a variety of exercises or techniques involving the mind. Actually, the New Age movement does not conceive of a personal God. God is within everyone. New Agers refer to this as a “good-force” or “pure consciousness”…. New Age calls for a radical shift in the way one looks at life: It questions our Western, scientific approach to things and proposes an Eastern, quasi-magical intuitive path. The bedrock of New Age thought is the fulfillment of human potential with the end result of ushering in the “Age of Aquarius.” Most Rev. Edward Anthony McCarthy, Doc. 46

Spiritual and Theological Discernment regarding the New Religious Movements

The pastoral documents on the NRMs note that because of the context of religious pluralism in which many Christians find themselves today and because of the weakening of belonging to the faith community, some people attempt to harmonize all religions or to insert into their own creed elements that clash with the Christian message. Others again, while wishing to remain faithful to the teachings of the Church, find themselves confused by the propaganda of certain movements and feel the need for clear principles of theological and spiritual discernment.

These pastoral texts contain, therefore, principles of discernment on the main doctrines taught by the more widespread movements, such as those marked by a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible or those who adhere to the general myth of the New Age. […]

Another potential source of theological confusion stems from the trend to seek methods of spirituality and of meditation from outside the Christian tradition. This tendency together with the whole New Age approach is in danger of a Pelagian emphasis on self-salvation and a forgetfulness of the mediation and gift of Christ.

We can find in some NRMs the tendency to replace the person and doctrine of Christ with some other psychological or doctrinal focus: the personality of a charismatic leader, the self-realization of the individual, the quest for the extraordinary, emotional experiences of an intense kind, or the distorted or ideological interpretation of Scripture.

In some movements one finds a preponderance of magical elements that, rooted in the desire to exalt man and his power, stray from the field of authentic religious experience. […]

Discerning the New Age Movement

Much has been written in various parts of the world about the New Age movement. It is a product of the syncretist and relativist tendencies that are widespread in today s culture. Like some other NRMs, it diminishes the role of Jesus Christ to one of the many manifestations of the divine in religious history, and is similarly reductive of such central tenets of faith as salvation from sin, the Blessed Trinity, and the role of the Church and its sacraments.

For Christmas 1990 Cardinal Godfried Danneels issued a pastoral letter entitled
Christ or Aquarius
,
in which he examined the
New Age Movement
. He described it, not as a religion, but as a mixture of science,
oriental religiousness
, psychology, and
astrology
with a special attraction for people in search of some self-fulfilling experience. Among its dangers he diagnosed a cult of the deep self that in fact denies the Christian notion of the person, of sin, and of prayer as encounter with God. […]

The Challenge of New Age to Christianity

New Age is a tremendous challenge to Christianity not only because it is spreading so vigorously, but primarily because it attacks Christianity directly, while at the same time appropriating whole aspects of the Christian heritage, beginning with the Bible. Moreover, New Age claims to be a new religion, a planetary, universal religion that will take over from all previous religions and bring them all to perfection. New Age is very good at flattering our dreams.

Nevertheless, there are some good things about New Age. It stresses universal brotherhood, peace and harmony, greater awareness’ involvement in making the world a better place, general mobilization for good, etc. Moreover, the techniques it promotes are not always bad:
yoga and relaxation can have excellent effects.
There is an important distinction to be made: not all that makes us feel good is necessarily good for us, and not all that is pleasurable is necessarily true. This is where the problem lies, for Christians as well as for others.
Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Doc. 5 […]

FOR MY COMMENTS CONCERNING THE ABOVE SEE THE FOLLOWING PAGE. -Michael

The Christ of the New Age

Reference to Christ remains very vague. He is supposed to be a new force, another energy that will one day return in a new form. In fact, for them, the age of Pisces is supposed to have been inaugurated with Christ’s coming, that of Aquarius is meant to see the coming of the new Christ, superior to the former one.

In the meantime, it would be necessary to wake up to the spiritual capacity that is in every individual. The concept of the New Age Christ is just this. There is nothing on the life of Jesus; no reference to his death and resurrection. No hint of the Gospel, revelation, the incarnation. According to some theologians, the Christ of the New Age is similar to the Antichrist. He is like Christ, he appears like Christ, but he is opposed to the essence of the Christian faith: Christ, Redeemer of man. Cardinal Paul Poupard, Doc. 34

Pseudo-Salvation

Reductions that the New Age has brought to the great concepts of Christianity . . . I summarize in seven points: inner enlightenment replaces the faith that is the obedience of all our being to God; the liberation of one’s own creative potential replaces salvation; prayer is transformed into a journey into the depths of the self; a vague harmony,’ with the universe substitutes the concrete call to social commitment; theology is overthrown by psychology or theosophy; revelation is found more in the person’s heart than in history and finally, all these reductions-substitutions flow into a vague and ingenuous optimism. This might serve, as they say, to make one feel better for a while, but certainly not to give valid responses to tragic problems such as suffering, death, nor even lea to love, true joy, and profound peace.

For us Christians, salvation is liberation from the sin that is in man. Christ alone is the liberator, he who works redemption…

In the New Age there is no need of the Redeemer nor of the cross and resurrection of Christ. Everything is branded with sweetness and sentimentalism, harmony, calm, peace with oneself. Now, we are saved when we are at peace with God, not with ourselves, or rather, each of us will find peace with himself only when he has is with God. If salvation is not understood in this way, we shall end b falling into a sort of selfish well-being, the fruit of an ingenuous optimism. Cardinal Paul Poupard, Doc. 34

Christian Prayer and Eastern Methods of Meditation***

In 1989 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a letter on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation
and warned especially again various dangers involved in attempts to harmonize Christian and oriental techniques of prayer: falling into syncretism, remaining within on self and not realizing the relationship of creature with Creator, or imagining a dissolving of the personal self into the Absolute.

***Yoga, Zen and Transcendental Meditation

The Diversity of Proposals about the Use of Eastern Methods [of Meditation]

With the present diffusion of Eastern methods of meditation in Christian world and in ecclesial communities, we find ourselves faced with a pointed renewal of an attempt, which is not free from dangers and errors, to fuse Christian meditation with that which non-Christian. Proposals in this direction are numerous and radical to a greater or lesser extent. Some use Eastern methods solely as psychophysical preparation for a truly Christian contemplation others go further and, using different techniques, try to general spiritual experiences similar to those described in the writings certain Catholic mystics****.

Still others do not hesitate to place the absolute without image or concepts, which is proper to Buddhist theory, on the same level as the majesty of God revealed in Christ which towers above finite reality. To this end, they make use of negative theology that transcends every affirmation seeking express what God is and denies that the things of this world can offer traces of the infinity of God*****.

Thus they propose abandoning not only meditation on the salvific works accomplished in history by the God of the old and new covenant, but also the very idea of the one and triune God, who is love, in favor of an immersion in the indeterminate abyss of the divinity. Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Doc. 19

****For example, the World Community for Christian Meditation or WCCM. See FR JOE PEREIRA-KRIPA FOUNDATION-WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION http://ephesians-511.net/docs/FR_JOE_PEREIRA-KRIPA_FOUNDATION-WORLD_COMMUNITY_FOR_CHRISTIAN_MEDITATION.doc.

***** For example, Zen and Vipassana meditations. See VIPASSANA MEDITATION

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

MY COMMENTS ON “The Challenge of New Age to Christianity” BY Cardinal Godfried Danneels

Quote:
Nevertheless, there are some good things about New Age. It stresses universal brotherhood, peace and harmony, greater awareness, involvement in making the world a better place, general mobilization for good, etc. Moreover, the techniques it promotes are not always bad:
yoga and relaxation can have excellent effects.
There is an important distinction to be made: not all that makes us feel good is necessarily good for us, and not all that is pleasurable is necessarily true. This is where the problem lies, for Christians as well as for others.
Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Doc. 5 Unquote

It is taken from Cardinal Godfried Danneels’ “Christ or Aquarius?” Catholic International, vol. 2, no. 10 (May 15-31, 1991), p.485. First of all, Danneels wrote this 22 years ago when little if anything was studied in the Catholic world about the Hindu practice of yoga meditation. There was already the CDF Document of October 15, 1989, signed by Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope emeritus Benedict XVI], which warned Catholics of the spiritual dangers of eastern meditative techniques like Transcendental Meditation, Zen and Yoga, but little else. The above-referred Document, however, is in itself sufficient for Danneels to have exercised prudence and caution in his 1991 work while commenting on yoga and other “relaxation” techniques. The Vatican authors of the referred paper on New Religious Movements explain select sections of that very Document in three paragraphs [partly cited above] starting with “Christian Prayer and Eastern Methods of Meditation“.

Note also that Danneels immediately qualifies his remark in red with two sentences that I have highlighted in orange [above]. I understand the Cardinal this way: DESPITE all the apparent good things about the New Age — and that includes YOGA — not everything that looks good or feels good experientially and produces “excellent effects” or contributes to harmony and peace, is “necessarily good for us [or] necessarily true “.

That is what the 1989 Vatican Document on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation categorically warned Catholics about.

Also, between 1991 and now there has been one more Vatican Document — the one on New Age in February 2003 — that warns Catholics about the spiritual dangers of those eastern or oriental meditations, viz. Transcendental Meditation, Zen and Yoga, and there are literally hundreds of articles authored by eminent priests and lay Catholics — several of whom are former New Agers and yoga practitioners — on the same.

Please visit the NEW AGE section http://www.ephesians-511.net/newage.htm
of my web site.

******See

-JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE FEBRUARY 3, 2003

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

-JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE-SUMMARY
APRIL 2003/APRIL 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/JESUS_CHRIST_THE_BEARER_OF_THE_WATER_OF_LIFE_A_CHRISTIAN_REFLECTION_ON_THE_NEW_AGE-SUMMARY.doc

-THEOLOGIANS LAMBAST THE VATICAN DOCUMENT ON THE NEW AGE
JUNE/JULY 2011

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

*******See

NEW AGE-INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL VIDEO CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 2004/JULY 2011

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_AGE-INTERNATIONAL_THEOLOGICAL_VIDEO_CONFERENCE.doc

For more on New Religious Movements, see

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND THE CHURCHES
AUGUST 2011

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

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS-CARDINAL FRANCIS ARINZE
MAY 2012

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_RELIGIOUS_MOVEMENTS-CARDINAL_FRANCIS_ARINZE.doc

VATICAN RESPONSE TO THE NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS-JOHN A. SALIBA MAY 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VATICAN_RESPONSE_TO_THE_NEW_RELIGIOUS_MOVEMENTS-JOHN_A_SALIBA.doc

OTHER STORIES ON THE MAY 16, 2013 VATICAN CITY MEETING ON
NRMs AND
NEW AGE

Meeting on Sects and New Religious Movements Held in Vatican

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Continue Study on Phenomenon

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/meeting-on-sects-and-new-religious-movements-held-in-vatican?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+zenit%2Fenglish+%28ZENIT+English%29

Vatican City, May 17, 2013

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue held a meeting in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on New Religious Movements. In a statement released by the Holy See, the purpose of the meeting was to “offer an opportunity for further study on the topic, which merits attention and reflection.”

Among those participating were representatives of several Vatican dicasteries, Pontifical Universities, the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Vicariate of Rome.

In 1986, a brief provisional report was published entitled: “The Phenomenon of Sects and the New Religious Movements: Pastoral Challenge”, the result of a questionnaire sent out to the Episcopal Conferences two years prior. Since that time, the aforementioned dicasteries have continued their task of reflection, publishing an anthology of texts entitled: “Sects and New Religious Movements: Texts of the Catholic Church (1986-1994)”.

Among those who addressed the meeting was Archbishop Salvatore Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, Fr. Michael Fuss and Fr. Michael P. Gallagher of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Fr. Alessandro Olivieri Pennesi, director of the Office for New Worship, and Archbishop Juan Usma Gomez, the office director for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, opened and closed the meeting while Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I., secretary of the same dicastery, acted as moderator. Some of the themes covered include: New Religious Movements and the New Evangelization; New Frontiers of the Sacred; Dialogue and Comparison between Faith and Credulity; Catholics and Pentecostals—Identity, Ties, and Perspectives; and New Age, Analysis of the Cultural Context.

THIS REPORT TO BE UPDATED


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