SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Acupressure clinic at Cathedral of St. Thomas in Madras-Mylapore archdiocese
Subject: Mr. Colin D’Souza, Acupressurist/Reflexologist to Most Rev. Vincent Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi
Dear Archbishop Vincent,
Please read my letter below. I will be pleased if you will let me have your comments on Mr. Colin D’Souza’s statements concerning your good self. God Bless You. Thanking you, Michael Prabhu
To, Rev. Fr. Parish Priest, Cathedral Basilica National Shrine of St. Thomas, San Thomé, Chennai 600 004 Sunday, 23rd September, 2007
Dear Reverend Father Kanickai Raj,
During the readings of the Church notices at Sunday Mass on several Sundays in September, the faithful were informed about and invited to attend Reflexology treatment in a room at the parish house. When I asked you for information on the same after one of the weekday evening masses, you directed me to one of your assistants. However, Father Joe Bala could only say that the treatment was being done on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12 noon.
On Saturday, September 22nd, 2007, I came to the parish house and went to the room in question. Mr. Colin D’Souza, who was conducting “Foot Reflexology” on a patient, consented to give me an interview for The Catholic Times fortnightly newspaper, of which I am the sub-editor. Mr. D’Souza explained that all “organs of the body are traced on the feet” and that healing of the respective organs is possible by applying pressure at these points. However, this “pressure will cause excruciating pain in the corresponding organ,” he said. He confirmed to me that “Foot Reflexology is a form of Acupressure” which works on principles similar to Acupuncture, “discovered 5,000 years ago by the ancient Chinese”. Mr. D’Souza has been practising the art in Chennai since July 2006 and many eminent Catholics, even members of this parish, have submitted themselves to this treatment over the last few months, he said.
Mr. D’Souza informed me that he was the acupressurist/reflexologist to Most Rev. Vincent Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi, who has given him a letter of introduction.
May I now bring to your kind attention the Vatican Document of February 3, 2003, titled JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A Christian reflection on the “New Age”?
In the section # 2.2.3. Health: Golden living, both acupuncture [and therefore acupressure which is philosophically identical to the former] and reflexology are listed as New Age therapies. One of the aspects of my ministry is to bring awareness about such New Age practices. I am enclosing my summary of the referred Vatican Document, as well as two write-ups on acupuncture/acupressure/reflexology. The summary as well as the write-up were published in reputed Catholic magazines. May I request you to please study them?
May I also suggest that you arrange to discontinue the therapy sessions at the parish house and inform parishioners about the concerned Vatican Document which clearly warns Catholics that the practices are “New Age”, and therefore to be strictly avoided.
I look forward to your kind acknowledgement.
sd/- Michael Prabhu
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
Subject: MR. COLIN D’SOUZA, Acupressurist/Reflexologist to Most Rev. Vincent Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi REMINDER, PLEASE
Subject: Re: MR. COLIN D’SOUZA, Acupressurist/Reflexologist to Most Rev. Vincent Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi
SECOND REMINDER, PLEASE
Subject: RE: MR. COLIN D’SOUZA, Acupressurist/Reflexologist
Greetings from Delhi and thank you for your emails regarding Colin D’Souza and Reflexology. I have taken note of your information. Thank you for the trouble you take. With warm regards and God bless, Yours sincerely in Christ,
Vincent M. Concessao Archbishop of Delhi
Subject: MR. COLIN D’SOUZA
Dear Archbishop Vincent, I thank you for your sincere response.
Mr. Colin D’Souza is practising this New Age therapy in our Cathedral premises and in Catholic circles all over the city, using your recommendation letter, thereby adversely affecting the spiritual lives of many faithful.
May I therefore humbly request you to please write a letter to the parish priest [whose address is given below] with a copy to me [my address is given below], so that your original recommendation is negated, and corrective and preventive measures may be taken. In the interests of the Church, such an action will be greatly beneficial and serve to check the spread of error.
God Bless your Episcopate. In prayer,
Michael Prabhu [for The Catholic Times, and Metamorphose Catholic Ministries www.ephesians-511.net].
12 DAWN APARTMENTS, 22 LEITH CASTLE SOUTH STREET, CHENNAI 600 028
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED
Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore
Sent: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:14:43 +0530/Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:54:32 +0530
Subject: ACUPRESSURE/REFLEXOLOGY CENTRE FUNCTIONING ON THE CATHEDRAL PREMISES SINCE A DECADE
Dear Archbishop George,
One Mr. Colin D’Souza has been operating an acupressure clinic at the centre run by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in the Cathedral compound since a decade. Earlier the “clinic” was located in a room in the building which houses the Tomb of St. Thomas and the Chapel.
Frankly, I have my doubts that Mr. Colin D’Souza is a doctor though the board hung outside declares/claims that he is one.
It is a criminal offense to perform the treatment of patients posing as a doctor without the requisite qualifications and licence, or to permit the same. At best he is a “therapist” performing the two closely-related New Age alternative therapies of acupressure and reflexology which have absolutely no scientific or medical basis but are based on occult and New Age presuppositions.
I trust that you will personally check out his credentials for his practice of medicine (the other three doctors have recognized medical degrees) as well as the charts that he uses and the explanations that he gives as to how his treatment supposedly works.
When I interviewed him personally in 2007, I could see that his explanations were antithetical to Catholic teaching.
Despite his “testimonies” of having healed people, at best his “therapy” is a placebo due to pressure and massage and the psychosomatic effect of the same.
At worst, it teaches Catholics about an alleged “subtle energy” system in the human body, and that is contrary to both Biblical revelation and what the Catechism about the nature (and purpose) of man.
I write to you as an expert for over two decades in this area of so-called ‘alternative medicine”.
Acupressure and Acupuncture have the exact same Chinese medicine and Taoist philosophical roots as all “energy”-based therapies such as reiki, pranic healing, etc. which have been condemned in official statements by the Bishops Conferences of Korea, the Philippines and the USA, to name just three.
Mr. Colin D’Souza uses a very old letter from emeritus Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Delhi to validate his practice, but the Archbishop wrote to me:
Subject: RE: MR. COLIN D’SOUZA, Acupressurist/Reflexologist
Greetings from Delhi and thank you for your emails regarding Colin D’Souza and Reflexology. I have taken note of your information. Thank you for the trouble you take. With warm regards and God bless,
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Vincent M. Concessao Archbishop of Delhi”
Please also read my letter of September 23, 2007 to the previous parish priest of the Cathedral, below.
It received no response from him.
I have provided below the titles and links to some related files at my web site.
It will be truly commendable if you investigate the matter and issue instructions to the concerned authorities to stop this New Age alternative therapy from being offered on the premises of the Cathedral.
God bless you, and thanking you,
JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE, A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE NEW AGE-SUMMARY
ACUPUNCTURE, ACUPRESSURE, SHIATSU AND REFLEXOLOGY
ACUPUNCTURE ACUPRESSURE SHIATSU REFLEXOLOGY-SUSAN BRINKMANN
ACUPUNCTURE AND MARTIAL ARTS-DR EDWIN A NOYES
REFLEXOLOGY AND OTHER ENERGY BALANCING THERAPIES-DR EDWIN A NOYES
The Healing Touch
Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Madras, Edition number 18, November 4, 2014
Mr. Colin D Souza, specialist in Reflexology with over 14 years of experience in the field believes that most ailments can be dealt with the administration of Reflexology. He said that Reflexology had been designed to be a more scientific healing process but over the years, as with so many other deeper and profound healing techniques, has been commercialized into more of a therapeutic practice – as something a tad more effective than a mere massage.
Making a reference to the history of Reflexology, Colin said that Modern reflexology is really based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of the foot and hand therapy being practiced in China and Egypt as far back as 4,000 B.C. which was akin to what is now termed as Reflexology. The North American tribes of Indians are known to have practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years. There is some confusion about the true origin of this powerful therapy, suffice it to say that it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people to recuperate to better health.
The dictionary definition of a “Reflex” is “an involuntary or instinctive movement in response to a stimulus”. The reflexes on our feet and hands act as mirror images of the body. According to Colin, Reflexology was re-discovered around 1915, when an article titled ‘To stop toothache, squeeze your toe’ was published in a magazine written by Edwin. Later Enrice Ingham, a physical therapist and regarded as a pioneer, along with others presented this concept zone therapy to the world.
Colin then stated that he actually got interested in the area on account of his mother who would always say, ‘trust your hands and feet, things get cured’. Colin formally underwent training in Delhi. He first started in Chennai in 2004, and following coverage he got
in a local paper, people started coming to his place and now word of his practice has spread world-wide.
Reflexology can be very effective in curing and providing relief from pain-inducing problems in the body like spinal cord injuries or irregularities, migraines etc. The duration of the therapy and the healing process varies from person to person and factors such as age and the actual problem. Children apparently require fewer sessions. The best part of the treatment according to Colin, is that it is non-invasive and the body is trained to heal itself with no administration of internal medicines either.
Colin asserted that all organs in our body could be linked to our feet. He explained that by applying pressure on certain reflex points on our feet, the pressure was transmitted via our nervous system to zones that reach our brain, and the brain works on the organs by reflex action. A diagram was displayed to illustrate that the feet has these points and are connected to specific parts of our body. In short Colin says – Your feet are the remote control to your system.
The fundamental ingredient however, that Colin stressed on, is the fact that for Reflexology to be a successful form of therapy for the patient, both the practitioner and the recipient must have faith both in Reflexology and in the belief that they will be healed.
Reflexology does have its limitations and conditions such as AIDS, cancer, and genetic problems cannot be treated. He cited cases where he was able to cure patients whose problems were not addressed by other medical practitioners.
In closing Colin reiterated that the healing touch is a gift and Reflexology could aid in easing the suffering of mankind and can benefit people of all ages.
1. Note that Colin D’Souza does not claim to be a medical (or any other doctor) at the Rotary Club function.
He is addressed as “Mr.” Colin D’Souza. However, in the Santhome Cathedral, he is “Dr.” Colin D’Souza.
2. Note that Colin D’Souza does not touch on Acupressure that he practices at the Santhome Cathedral.
He speaks only about Reflexology. The two are closely-related therapies of “alternative medicine”.
So is Acupuncture. Acupuncture and Reflexology are named in the 2003 Vatican Document on the New Age.
3. The “local newspaper” was the weekly Mylapore Times. I am unable to trace the cutting for inclusion here.
4. The diagram that Colin D’Souza refers to is a chart of the alleged channels of occult energy connecting the soles of the foot with other organs of the body. Many such charts are available on the Internet.
5. “For Reflexology to be a successful form of therapy for the patient, both the practitioner and the recipient must have faith both in Reflexology and in the belief that they will be healed.”
What genuine medical treatment works in that fashion?
Such faith, incidentally, results in what I called the placebo effect in my letter to my Archbishop.
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