OCTOBER 6, 2017
Errors in Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor – 09
Ayurvedic medicine and homoeopathic remedies promoted
THE REASONS FOR OUR CONTINUING THIS SERIES ON DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE
1. The spirituality of the Divine Retreat Centre [DRC] run by the Vincentian Congregation is “charismatic”. One comes away with the impression that the DRC’s “charismatics”, both preaching teams as well as regular devotees, believe that they are “superior” to other Catholics. While I am very traditional in my orthopraxis, my spirituality is also charismatic.
I must add that one of my spiritual directors, an orthodox French Benedictine priest, actually finds it impossible to reconcile my orthodoxy with my being “charismatic”. To him it’s an oxymoron. To me, it seems a natural thing.
I have attended literally dozens of retreats and special events including a Bible College and a training programme in Counselling at the DRC between 1995 and 2000. I still do, as in the past, recommend to others these retreats for the reason that the preaching of the Word of God at the DRC has led to the transformation of many lives.
However, it is generally accepted that the contents of the retreat programmes have not evolved much since their inception over two decades ago and the retreats have continued to be by and large what can only be termed as an “initiation” into the Faith. This has resulted in little growth in the spiritual lives of most regular retreatants for whom the Centre becomes a place of pilgrimage and recourse when in need. Many, lacking “solid food” which they now pursue, end up as Pentecostals.
2a. It has been my observation for a very long time that the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, has been the propagator of errors and abuses, including in the liturgy of the Mass, something that, as an apologist, I now find impossible to ignore.
I admit adhering to and participating in most if not all of them at one time or another for several reasons, the chief among them being ignorance; moreover, no one objected to them and almost every charismatic priest, religious and lay leader practised them. However, circumstances — and the personal counsel of some good CCR leaders who would like to see these abuses and errors stopped — make it imperative that they be now exposed. Some teachings at the DRC are not Catholic.
2b. It has been my experience — when I have pointed out these errors and abuses from time to time — that most die-hard devotees of the Divine Retreat Centre are not very receptive to fraternal correction of any sort, or even discussion of the possibility of the Centre being in error. Their responses have ranged from indulgence to hostility. My pointing out that I am only appealing to the teaching of the Church has not saved me from being labeled “anti-Divine Retreat Centre”.
The DRC has become an untouchable holy cow for many and any criticism is viewed as bordering on the sacrilegious.
In case my statements appear outrageous, let the reader be assured that I will provide the necessary evidence to support them.
3. The focus of the first article in the series was on DRC‘s Enneagrams proponent, Sri Lankan preacher Lalith Perera; see DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-01,
It was originally published as ENNEAGRAM PRACTITIONER MINISTERS AT DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE.
The Enneagram is a New Age, occult personality-typing system. See ENNEAGRAMS SUMMARY
for more information on Enneagrams.
Despite the evidence provided to its Director, Fr Augustine Vallooran VC and letters of protest sent to him by several Catholics, DRC continues to invite occult-tainted Lalith Perera to minister at the Centre every year sine our report in 2006.
4. The immediate reason for this series on the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, was the refusal of priests at the Centre to engage in civil correspondence with us in regard to our genuine concern about their promotion of a controversial mystic, see our September 2012 report MAUREEN SWEENEY-HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/MAUREEN_SWEENEY-HOLY_LOVE_MINISTRIES.doc. This resulted in the report DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-02, http://ephesians-511.net/docs/DIVINE_RETREAT_CENTRE_ERRORS-02.doc.
If that attitude was an isolated one, there would have been no necessity for this series. Unfortunately, it was a repeat of the 2006 enneagram preacher DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-01 issue. These first two reports of the series do indeed confirm that the Divine Retreat Centre indeed does not take kindly to fraternal correction or attempt to correct serious error. More evidence of that will be provided.
The Vincentian Fathers have either never replied to my letters drawing their attention to errors that are propagated at their retreat centres and in the Indian church at large, or if they ever did, as in the cases of the Enneagram proponent Lalith Perera [DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-01] and the controversial mystic Maureen Sweeney‘s devotions [DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-02], the letters are evasive or harsh.
5. In closing DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-02, I wrote, “Apparently, the Divine Retreat Centre has made a habit of promoting false mystics, one such being a Greek Orthodox woman, Vassula Ryden whose messages have been condemned by Rome as dangerous” and to be shunned by Catholics.
That was the subject of the next report,
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-03
6. The fourth report in the series is on the use of Hindu and superstitious marks on forehead and face by the Centre’s Catholic devotees and retreatants. See
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-04
7. The fifth report concerns the top echelons of the DRC‘s Vincentian administration’s dalliance with yoga.
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-05
8. The sixth report
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-05-B
is a continuation of the above. I had written to the DRC-Muringoor priests, received a response from Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC at long last, and wrote a rebuttal to which he never replied.
9. The seventh report
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-07 concerns a retreat given by Edmund Antao‘s “Crusaders for Jesus with Mary” team from Vasco, Goa at the Divine retreat Centre, Muringoor.
Edmund Antao and the Crusaders for Jesus with Mary team have conducted “pilgrimage” tours to Naju, Korea, to the site where Julia Kim claims to experience heavenly visitations and phenomena such as consecrated hosts mysteriously materializing and falling from the sky to the ground, consecrated hosts becoming flesh and blood on her tongue, etc. An Indian bishop and several priests have accompanied Edmund Antao and the Crusaders for Jesus with Mary team to Naju and celebrated Mass there. The local ordinary and the Korean Bishops’ Conference have ruled against the alleged seer and the site, advising Catholics to stay away. The
local bishop has issued a decree excommunicating all those who even visit the alleged apparition site. Despite the Korean Bishops’ condemnations and warnings, Edmund Antao and the Crusaders for Jesus with Mary team propagate the messages of Julia Kim and lead tours to Naju. This amounts to gross defiance of and disobedience to the Catholic Church.
The team also conducts charismatic retreats at different places in India, mostly at the invitation of bishops, but also at the behest of regional service teams.
During these retreats they speak about Julia Kim and their Naju experience, offering two CDs on sale, one in Konkani and the other in English, thus promoting the banned site nation-wide.
The detailed report can be accessed at
JULIA KIM-MARYS ARK OF SALVATION
I quote from my concluding statements in the above report:
“Those who propagate the alleged mystic Julia Kim and her messages, those who conduct pilgrimages to Naju, and those who argue on her behalf as well as on the behalf of her supporters in defiance of the bishops’ pronouncements, are guilty of being “not in union with magisterium“: “… all who fail to follow the directives are to be considered as willfully opposing the magisterium, the Catholic Church’s divinely guided authority to teach true doctrine.”
In effect, they have incurred automatic excommunication.”
10. The eighth report
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-08 questions the DRC‘s consistent condemnation of the consumption of alcoholic beverages as nothing short of mortal sin, with no allowance for any exceptions.
11. The present report exposes the sad fact that the Divine Retreat Centre offers its staff and its retreatants treatment with homoeopathic and ayurvedic remedies, instead of warning them against their use.
In our reports DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-02 and 03, we had detailed that one Paul Ganesh Iyer, an ayurvedic compounder, was invited by Fr. Augustine Vallooran, the Director, to officiate as the head of the medical facilities at DRC and to treat in-patients as well as staff and retreatants with allopathic medicines, administer injections and write prescriptions, as well as to preach a fraudulent testimony from the pulpit. The impostor was evicted by Fr. Vallooran only when he was threatened with a police report.
It is established that the priests at DRC endorse Hindu Yoga as well as Naturopathy, which is New Age: DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-05 and 05B.
In 2006, when criminal activities at DRC were alleged and a police investigation of the Centre under a court order was underway, Fr. Vallooran released a statement from which I copy an excerpt below:
The Truth in the Recent Happenings at Divine
By Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C. Director – English & Other Language Retreats Divine Retreat Centre
Recently, Divine Retreat Centre has been subjected to allegations perpetuated by certain communal forces that have been regularly handing out false news and claims against us to the mass media. I would like to share with everyone who loves us, the truth of what has actually been happening in Divine recently.
In the past few weeks, after the latest police investigation activity, wrong reports have been published in many major media sources. One allegation is that that there are no qualified medical personnel in Divine Retreat Centre. I would like to reassure all our friends and benefactors of Divine that this is certainly not true. There is 1 resident medical officer, 4 clinical psychiatrists, 1 general physician, 1 Homeopathy doctor, 2 Ayurvedic doctors, registered pharmacists and several qualified nurses serving at the Care Centres and Homes run by our Retreat Centre.
The Divine Retreat Centre, instead of endorsing and encouraging yoga, naturopathy, ayurveda and homoeopathy, should be enlightening its staff and the thousands of weekly retreatants, that these practices and treatments are either Hindu or New Age, or both.
In my earlier reports, I have also provided evidence that DRC has in the past endorsed Buddhist Vipassana meditation, and while preventing preachers from speaking about the popular hard occult therapies like Pranic Healing and New Age, several of their counselors are engaged in practising the same.
It is a matter of great sadness and concern that the very priests that people flock to for healing and counseling prefer to wallow in ignorance and are themselves in bondage to Hindu, occult and New Age practices.
12 HOMOEOPATHY REPORTS
FDA-HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO CARRY LABELS STATING THAT THEY ARE NON-SCIENTIFIC
FOUR POPES USED HOMOEOPATHY-THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT OK FOR CATHOLICS TODAY
HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTRE BANGALORE-HOMOEOPATHY AND YOGA
HOMOEOPATHY CONTROVERSY AND FR RUFUS PEREIRA
HOMOEOPATHY INSTITUTIONALIZED IN THE INDIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
INSTITUTIONALIZED NEW AGE IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE-HOMOEOPATHY, YOGA AND KRIPA FOUNDATION
HOMOEOPATHIC HEALING BRACELETS CAUSE LEAD POISONING
HOMOEOPATHY IS BUNK-INDIAN NOBEL LAUREATE
QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 62-CALLS HOMOEOPATHY A SCIENCE
RUSSIA DECLARES HOMOEOPATHY JUNK SCIENCE URGES BAN ON PUBLIC USE
THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CATHOLIC MAGAZINE FOR CONDEMNING HOMOEOPATHY AND AYURVEDA
16 HOMOEOPATHY ARTICLES/COLLATIONS
AYUSH-THE NEW AGE DANGERS OF
EFFICACY OF HOMEOPATHY IN LIVESTOCK ACCORDING TO PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS FROM 1981 TO 2014
HOMOEOPATHY-A BOGUS TREATMENT AND THERAPEUTIC DEAD END
HOMOEOPATHY-AN UNSCIENTIFIC NEW AGE FRAUD
HOMOEOPATHY-AN UNSCIENTIFIC NEW AGE FRAUD 02
HOMOEOPATHY-AN UNSCIENTIFIC NEW AGE FRAUD 03
HOMOEOPATHY-DR EDWIN A NOYES
HOMOEOPATHY-FR CLEMENS PILAR 10
HOMOEOPATHY-WHAT’S THE HARM IN IT?
HOMOEOPATHY-WHAT’S THE HARM IN IT 02 (GOVERNMENT CRITICISM)
SHOULD DOCTORS RECOMMEND HOMOEOPATHY
1 HOMOEOPATHY TESTIMONY
TESTIMONY OF A FORMER HOMOEOPATHY PRACTITIONER-01 DR. EMILIA VLCKOVA
AYURVEDA AND YOGA COMMON ORIGINS
AYURVEDA AND YOGA-DR EDWIN A NOYES
AYURVEDIC REMEDIES CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR HEALTH
AYURVEDIC REMEDIES CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR THE SOUL [BABA RAMDEV, PATANJALI AYURVED]
AYUSH-THE NEW AGE DANGERS OF
POISON IN AYURVEDIC DRUGS
THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CATHOLIC MAGAZINE FOR CONDEMNING HOMOEOPATHY AND AYURVEDA
NEW AGE GURUS 01-SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR-THE ‘ART OF LIVING’
MORE RELATED DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE FILES
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-01 (INTRODUCTION)
30 SEPTEMBER 2017
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-02 (FAKE PREACHER PAUL GANESH IYER EXPOSED)
1 OCTOBER 2017
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-03 (IN THE NAME OF GOD – FR AUGUSTINE VALLOORAN)
2 OCTOBER 2017
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-04 (PROMOTION OF YOGA, REIKI AND PRANIC HEALING BY THE CENTRE)
3 OCTOBER 2017
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-05
(PHOTOGRAPHS & IMAGES IN SUPPORT OF REPORTS SERIAL NOS. 03, 04)
3 OCTOBER 2017
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-06
(EXAMPLE OF A CASE JUDGED IN THE SUPREME COURT, 2008)
5 OCTOBER 2017
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-07 (AN ANONYMOUS SITE EXPOSES DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS)
6 OCTOBER 2017
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RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 06
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RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 12 (COMPLAINT AGAINST RAPIST FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC LODGED WITH NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN) 20 AUGUST 2017
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RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 14 (FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC IN HIDING IN ROME CONTINUES TO CONDUCT RETREATS OVERSEAS WITH SUPPORT FROM HIS CONGREGATION – 02) 27 AUGUST 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 15 (SOME EVIDENCE AGAINST THE CRIMINAL PRIEST FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC AND HIS ASSOCIATES) 28 AUGUST 2017
RAPIST PRIEST FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY-THE CATHOLIC CHURCHS GURMEET RAM RAHIM SINGH
28 AUGUST 2017
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RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 20 (FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC IN HIDING IN ROME CONTINUES TO CONDUCT RETREATS OVERSEAS WITH SUPPORT FROM HIS CONGREGATION
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