Cardinal Oswald Gracias: Catholics may not chant “Om”

 

AUGUST 8, 2016

 

Cardinal Oswald Gracias: Catholics may not chant “Om”

 

Prakash Lasrado, a proponent of Hindu yoga, asks Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) whether Catholics may chant the Hindu mantra “Om” while doing yoga. The Cardinal informs him that we may not do so.

How do I know? Because Lasrado emailed the Cardinal’s response to his 50+ mailing list, including me.

Note that Lasrado does not ask the Cardinal if Catholics may practice yoga or not. That is because he (Lasrado) has been spewing pro-yoga emails for the past more than three years.

And because he is aware that Cardinal Oswald Gracias too endorses yoga.

See the list of articles and reports at the end of the present file.

Funny that Hindu “Om” is “not appropriate for Catholics” while Hindu yoga is institutionalized in the Indian Church!

 

From: Prakash Lasrado <prakash.lasrado@gmail.com>

To and CC:
As in the following email

Subject: Query for Cardinal Oswald Gracias regarding the use of the word “OM” in yoga

Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:22:56 +0000 (UTC)

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,

The Oxford dictionary considers the word “OM” as a sacred mantra of Hinduism which refers to 3 Hindu deities.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/om

NOUN

A mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitationsprayers, and texts.

Origin

Sanskrit, sometimes regarded as three sounds, a-u-m, symbolic of the three major Hindu deities.

Hence in my opinion, Christians should not say “OM” while doing yoga.

According to you, can Christians say “OM” while doing yoga?

Please reply with supporting evidence with cc to all.

 

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Archbishop Bombay <diocesebombay@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Mr. Lasrado, 

I have your email of August 2, 2016. My personal opinion is that it is not appropriate for Catholics to say OM during any service. Some argue that it expresses the inexpressible and therefore signifies God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am not comfortable with this argument. Besides, there is the question of scandal which has to be kept in mind.  

With kind regards and best wishes,

Yours sincerely in Christ,

+ Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay

 

From: Prakash Lasrado <prakash.lasrado@gmail.com>

To: Archbishop Bombay <diocesebombay@gmail.com>, abpossie@gmail.com <abpossie@gmail.com>, bishopdsouza@yahoo.com <bishopdsouza@yahoo.com>, archdagra@yahoo.co.in <archdagra@yahoo.co.in>, michaelprabhu@vsnl.net <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>, Fr Conrad Saldanha <frconrad@rediffmail.com>, contact@agraarchdiocese.com <contact@agraarchdiocese.com>

CC: Baselios Cleemis <baselioscleemis@gmail.com>, Baselios Cleemis <catholicostvm@gmail.com>, archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com <archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com>, Archbishop Madras <archmsml@gmail.com>, Catholic Bishops conference of India <cbcisec@gmail.com>, Catholic Bishops conference of India <contact@cbci.in>, Catholic Bishops conference of India Catholic Bishops conference of India <editor@cbci.in>,

 

 

ccbisecretariat@gmail.com <ccbisecretariat@gmail.com>, secretarygeneralcbci@gmail.com <secretarygeneralcbci@gmail.com>, Agnelo Gracias <agnelorg@gmail.com>, Sadhana Institute LNL <sadhanalonavla@gmail.com>, Victor Edwin SJ <victoredwinsj@gmail.com>, Bishop of Vasai <vasaidiocese@gmail.com>, antonygpinto@yahoo.com <antonygpinto@yahoo.com>, Stanislaus Fernandes <abpstan@gmail.com>, Archbishop Filip Neri <archbpgoa@gmail.com>, athazhath@hotmail.com <athazhath@hotmail.com>, Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC <augustinedivine@gmail.com>, austinnorris@hotmail.com <austinnorris@hotmail.com>, bishopckm@yahoo.co.in <bishopckm@yahoo.co.in>, Bishop Ferdie Fonseca <bishopferdie101@rediffmail.com>, Robert Monteiro <bob.monteiro@gmail.com>, Aloysius Paul D’ Souza <bp.aloysiuspaul@gmail.com>, Percival Fernandez <bp.percivalfernandez@gmail.com>, Telsphor P Toppo <cardinaltoppo@gmail.com>, derozario@jesuits.net <derozario@jesuits.net>, editor@examiner.in <editor@examiner.in>, Fr Salu Rodrigues <fr.salu.rodrigues@gmail.com>, Francis Serrao <frankieserrao@jesuits.net>, holycrosschurchcordel@gmail.com <holycrosschurchcordel@gmail.com>, John Baptist Saldanha <jbsaldanha@yahoo.com>, jeppuseminary@yahoo.co.in <jeppuseminary@yahoo.co.in>, kallarangatt Joseph <bpkallarangatt@gmail.com>, George Pattery S.J. <jcsa.prov@gmail.com>, jesuitsantosh@gmail.com <jesuitsantosh@gmail.com>, lancy_dcruz@hotmail.com <lancy_dcruz@hotmail.com>, Mariojoseph <mariojoseph33@yahoo.com>, meetfrsantosh@gmail.com <meetfrsantosh@gmail.com>, Pronuncio <nuntius@apostolicnunciatureindia.com>, pernelson@yahoo.com <pernelson@yahoo.com>, Prashanth D’Souza <prashusj@gmail.com>, PRASHANT Centre <sjprashant@gmail.com>, telestoppo@rediffmail.com <telestoppo@rediffmail.com>, Terence Monteiro <terence.monteiro@gmail.com>, thomas_macwan@yahoo.co.in <thomas_macwan@yahoo.co.in>, prakash_lasrado@yahoo.com <prakash_lasrado@yahoo.com>

Subject: Thank you Cardinal Gracias for your reply regarding the word “OM”

Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 11:12:27 +0530

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,

Thank you for clearing a major theological confusion regarding the word “OM”. 

Many Catholics say “OM” during yoga which is not acceptable.

I agree with you that it should not be used since it refers to Hindu deities specifically and does not refer to God Almighty.

Thank you and best wishes for replying my query promptly despite your busy schedule.

Regards, Prakash

 

By the way, I wonder what will happen to the one-week ultimatum (to answer the same question) given by Lasrado to Bishop Albert D’Souza of Agra (my guess is “nothing” because the email address is incorrect):

To: archdagra@yahoo.co.in CC:
As in the above email

On Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 7:20 PM, Prakash Lasrado <prakash.lasrado@gmail.com> wrote:

Rev. Bishop Albert D’Souza,

Since you know about yoga, I would like to ask you

Can a Christian say the word “OM” while doing yoga?

 

Subject: Reminder: Query for Cardinal Oswald Gracias & Archbishop Albert D’Souza regarding the use of the word “OM” in yoga

Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2016 06:15:18 +0000 (UTC) CC:
As in the above email

Rev. Albert D’Souza, Oswald Gracias,

Kindly answer my query below with cc to all.

If you don’t answer me, I will presume that I am right and that Christians cannot say “OM” while doing yoga.

As theologians you are supposed to answer queries and not remain silent.

If you are silent, it means you are incompetent.

If I were a priest or bishop I would have answered queries especially theological queries PROMPTLY.

Even as a lay Catholic, I try to answer queries from Muslims and fellow Catholics promptly.

If I needed more time, I would request the questioner for more time in order to get back to him with a proper answer.

Please answer my query by 9th Aug, 2016 (one week from now)

 

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http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CARDINAL_OSWALD_GRACIAS_IS_ONE_OF_POPE_FRANCIS_LIBERAL-MINDED_PRELATES.doc

 

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

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

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

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YOGA-THE DECEPTION-FR CONRAD SALDANHA

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/YOGA-THE_DECEPTION-FR_CONRAD_SALDANHA.doc

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http://ephesians-511.net/docs/YOGA-WHAT_DOES_THE_CATHOLIC_CATECHISM_SAY_ABOUT_IT.doc

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http://ephesians-511.net/docs/YOGA-WHAT_DOES_THE_CATHOLIC_CHURCH_SAY_ABOUT_IT.doc

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