WCCM has no canonical recognition and Fr. Freeman is no longer a Benedictine monk
By Anette Ignatowicz August 19, 2011
We have written regarding the alarming spread of so called “Christian Meditation” promoted by The World Community for Christian Meditation” (WCCM) and its director Fr Laurence Freeman, how they are dressing up Hindu or Buddhist methods in the outer garment of “Christian Meditation” and how it leads to syncretism.
Picture on cover: Fr Laurence Freeman with the Dalai Lama
We have received an answer from Fr Marcus Stock, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which says as follows:
” (…) I have made enquiries regarding the World Community for Christian Meditation.” I have learnt that in 2007 the WCCM received canonical recognition from the Holy See as an Ecumenical Contemplative Community. Accordingly, it would be more appropriate for you to make contact directly with Fr Laurence Freeman OSB regarding the concerns you raised in your letter to me (…)”.
Well, there are only two problems Fr Marcus:
1) Father Laurence Freeman is not a Benedictine Monk any more (as confirmed below) … even though he keeps using his title everywhere
2) WCCM has never been given a canonical recognition from the Pontifical Council for the Laity
1) Response from Dr. Notker Wolf OSB, Abate Primate
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:32 PM
Thank you for your kind information.
Since you have written to Cardinal Levada I think this will be handled by him or his Congregation.
Fr. Freeman is no longer in the catalogue of Benedictine monks whereas in 2005 he still was. This means that he is no longer a Benedictine monk.
Dr. Notker Wolf OSB
Badia Primaziale S. Anselmo
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 5
2) Response from the Pontifical Council for the Laity
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 10:53 AM
Our Dicastery never accord the canonical erection by the Holy See to the WCCM as International Associations of the Faithful. Thank you very much for your interest and consultation.
Yours in Christ,
Stefano De Pasquale Ceratti
Pontifical Council for the Laity
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