THE SPIRITUAL DECEPTIONS OF THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT AND WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS PRONOUNCED ON THEM


 

FEBRUARY 27/MARCH 3, 2021

 

 

 

EXTRACTS FROM MY FORTHCOMING BOOK

THE SPIRITUAL DECEPTIONS OF THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT

AND WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS PRONOUNCED ON THEM

 

 

New Age Alternative Medicines, Eastern Meditations and Psychospiritual Techniques. Their Philosophies, Practices, and allied commercial Products

 

 

MICHAEL PRABHU

CATHOLIC APOLOGIST, CHENNAI, INDIA

www.ephesians-511.net, michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net

ASH WEDNESDAY 2021

 

 

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A Compendium of New Age Deceptions and Corresponding Church Teachings

 

 

 

 


THE BISHOPS WHO GAVE THE FOREWORDS AND A COUPLE OF THE PRIESTS WHO RECOMMENDED THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT MIGHT NOT HAVE ENDORSED MY NAMING — IN THIS EXPANDED/REVISED EDITION — OF PRIESTS, BISHOPS, ARCHDIOCESES AND INSTITUTIONS, AS ALSO THE ATC-CENSORED SECTION ON POPE FRANCIS’ NEW AGE ENCYCLICAL LAUDATO SI’, AND THE OTHER ADD-ONS WHICH I HAVE IDENTIFIED AS [NEW] AND [NEW INPUTS] IN THE TABLE OF CONTENTS IN THIS EDITION. IN MY ARCHIVES, I FOUND SO MUCH OF NEEDED-TO-BE-INCLUDED INFORMATION THAT I MIGHT AS WELL HAVE AUTHORED ANOTHER BOOK. INSTEAD, TO ENSURE CONTINUITY, I SPENT TWO MONTHS EDITING THE COLLECTED MATTER TO BE INSERTED HERE WITH SOME REARRANGEMENTS. TO KEEP THE NUMBER OF PAGES DOWN, I HAVE LINKED MUCH OF THE NEW INPUTS TO FILES AT THIS MINISTRY’S WEB SITE.

SINCE THE BASIC PHILOSOPHIES OF NEW AGE AND HINDUISM ARE THE SAME AS I HAVE ALREADY DEMONSTRATED, I HAVE NOW ELABORATED ON THE HINDUISATION OF THE INDIAN CHURCH IN THE GUISE OF INCULTURATION, AND IDENTIFIED SOME OF ITS LEADING PROTAGONISTS.

 

Chapter 82

New Age Peace (and harmony, and justice, and unity)

 

What is the New Age spirit of “peace”? Let us see… starting with what the Vatican Document JCBWL has to say:

(The New Age of) Aquarius is set to be an era of harmony, justice, peace, unity etc.
(JCBWL #7.2)

 

The musical Hair … set forth the main themes of New Age in the emblematic song “Aquarius”. It is worth recalling the lyrics of this song, which quickly imprinted themselves on to the minds of a whole generation in North America and Western Europe: “When the Moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then Peace will guide the Planets, and Love will steer the Stars. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius… Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding; no more falsehoods or derision – golden living, dreams of visions, mystic crystal revelation, and the mind’s true liberation. Aquarius…” (Vatican Document JCBWL Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life, Notes 20) 

 

The term “harmony” with New Age connotations is used no less than 18 times in the Document, justice – just the once, (top), “unity at least 15 times (out of 26) in the context of New Age, and “peace” 5 times. We’ll examine “peace” here.

 

New Age

One of the goals of the Catholic Ashrams movement is inner peace. The atmosphere is always one of silence except during meals (low conversation) and during satsangs (discourses).

The name of Shantivanam ashram (read chapter 50) that attracts seekers from all over means “Forest of Peace“.

The Ashrams’ chant is not the Hebrew (biblical) Shalom but “Om Shanti” (Sanskrit “shanti” means “peace“).

“Peace” is the pursuit of much of New Age meditation or chanting, which again is what one encounters in an ashram.

 

Although virtually unknown a few years ago, this movement (New Age) is gaining in popularity on an international level. On the surface it appears to be a ‘peace‘ movement, but in my estimation, it definitely belongs to the occult. This is because it presents some basic characteristics that are identified with the occult, even though Satan is not mentioned. For example, the ‘god’ of the New Age is not the God of Christianity and Judaism … The New Age Movement is sometimes called a peace movement. Somehow, it is said, that when we become a part of this ‘Harmonic Convergence’ we can bring to bear a mighty power that is beyond ourselves for achieving world peace. But when we talk about any power that is not from God, and beyond ourselves we are really talking about the occult.

(Spiritual Warfare: The Occult has Demonic Influence, Bishop Donald W Montrose DD of Stockton, USA, 1996, https://www.ewtn.com/library/bishops/occult.htm)

 

Many … abuse prayer techniques such as centering. They also use relaxation techniques, or mind control techniques in order to achieve ‘peace‘ or quiet in mind and body.

(A New Age of the Spirit? A Catholic Response to the New Age Phenomenon, Irish Theological Commission, 1994,

https://www.worldcat.org/title/new-age-of-the-spirit-a-catholic-response-to-the-new-age-phenomenon/oclc/31172232)

 

Apart from the pursuit of individual peace in the New Age, there are numerous initiatives for “World Peace”.

There is the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)’s (read chapter 25) Way of Peace initiative. Each year they run the John Main Seminar and The Way of Peace
initiative with the Dalai Lama.

Writes David Cloud:
This means that they are using contemplative practices and yoga as the glue for interfaith unity to help create world
peace. (
https://www.wayoflife.org/database/contemplative_practices_are_a_bridge.html)

 

For further reading:

—Jesus came not to bring peace but the sword

https://www.churchmilitant.com/index.php/video/episode/vortex-born-to-kill

—Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth), Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity, and Liberty, April 11, 1963,

http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-xxiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_j-xxiii_enc_11041963_pacem.html

 

Dharma Bharathi Ashram. Air Force Baba, Swami Sachidananda Bharathi. New Age in Catholic educational institutions

 

The Dharma Bharathi Ashram (http://www.navasrushti.org), Mulanthuruthy, Kochi, in the Diocese of Cochin, (hereinafter DB) pursues both, individual as well as world peace. This ashram is also part of the Catholic Ashrams movement (read chapter 50). All Indian “Catholic” Ashrams may be considered to be New Age. DB‘s founder is Swami (now Acharya) Sachidananda Bharathi (formerly Squadron Leader N.V. John) who was a disciple of ashram leader and New Ager Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB (read chapter 50). N. V. John, also known as “Air Force Baba”, was given ‘Acharya diksha’ by Saccidananda Ashram’s Bede Griffiths in 1990.

He has established four Ashrams and two Missions and a number of organizations and institutions all over India to realize his vision of communal harmony and world peace.

DB is as New Age as it gets. DB targets mainly Catholic educational institutions with multiple New Age programmes. For instance I have on record (a lot of material was sent to me by the Swami) the DB National Seminar on Peace and Value Education for Schools in Hyderabad, December 2001. He enjoys the patronage of a sizeable number of Cardinals and bishops. Yet, his anti-Catholic Church rants and advocating of a “Christ-Marxian communism” can be read at http://mattersindia.com/2018/12/toward-christo-marxian-communism-for-peace-sustainable-development/. The Church hierarchy does not — or does not want to — see past the façade the Swami projects.

On 8th July 2006, Sr. Catherine, an America-returned ex-Carmelite nun who did a research study on ‘Inter-religious dialogue in Christian higher education in India’, was given ‘Acharya diksha’ with the name ‘Prabhujyothi’ by the Swami and appointed ‘Acharya’ of his ashram. For two years she was under training and guidance at the Guru Bhavan in DB Ashram. The Swami trained her in the “Shanthi Yagna Meditation, Samasthakriya Yoga and other constituent elements of the Dharma Bharathi spirituality”, a syncretization of yogic meditation and Christian prayer.

Interplay guru Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ (read chapter 67) has conducted his New Age sessions at the DB Ashram in 2010.

The initial commitment for DB‘s Disciples of Christ for
Peace
(hereinafter DCP) was made, significantly on May 13, 1994, the first death anniversary of New Ager Fr. Bede Griffiths, at Shantivanam Ashram.

 

—The world at the dawn of the third millennium urgently needs peace… We are discovering the fact that lasting peace and unity on earth needs a religious motivation.

(From the presentation made by the Swami at the Millennium World Peace Summit, United Nations, 28-31 August 2000. Source: The New Leader, November 1-15, 2000)

—There cannot be peace in the world unless there is unity among religions in the world. (DB literature)

—DB has a vision of an awakened Mother India who will be an instrument of God for a civilisation
of love, unity and peace on earth.
(
DB literature
)

 

What is the source of DB’s civilisation of love slogan? It was Pope John Paul II. At an interreligious ceremony in Rome in October 1999, the Pope invited all people of goodwill to counter a crisis of civilization… by a new civilization of love founded on the universal values of peaceBut the rest of the Pope’s message is deliberately ignored by the Swami! The Pope continued: Jesus is the one who… sacrifices Himself for the salvation of others… Is not Jesus thus a model and a permanent message for humanity?(Cardinal Arinze, President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, The Examiner, 13 May 2000).

Nowhere did the Pope make a call for a unity among religions that DB (the Swami, cited above) aims to bring about. Instead he has always called for a missionary proclamation of the person of Jesus who alone, when accepted, can and will bring about the ‘civilization of love and peace’ and unity of the human race that we yearn for.

 

The Swami sent me a copy of the Constitution (and Explanations and Orientations) of the DCP, a “Catholic Society” founded by him along with Archbishop S. Arulappa of Hyderabad on 9 November 1998.

The 3 Patrons of DCP are Archbishops. 3 of the 4 Advisors are Bishops. We will briefly (as I have tons of adverse/New Agey facts on them) examine just two DB associates: (Sr.) Vandana Mataji who is the fourth Advisor, and Fr. Dr. Michael Amaladoss SJ, Professor of Theology, Vidya Jyothi Seminary, New Delhi who is the Swami’s Theological Consultant. Here we go:

 

All 9 following statements are those of the nun Vandana Mataji. For their sources, the reader will have to visit the DB report at my web site, where there’s plenty more.

—We are at the close of the era of ‘religions’… Now we stand at the threshold of an era of ‘spirituality’.(Read “Beware the hypocrisy of the “spiritual but not religious)

—Is not our God Mother Earth in whom alone we can find or deepen our own spirit roots?

—To enable people to become God by entering into silence, is this not the raison d’etre of an ashram?

—Finding ‘the Self in all things and all things in the Self” (Isa Upanishad 6) is our goal in life in an Ashram.

—Swami Vivekananda says ‘We are the greatest god. Christ and Buddha are but waves of the boundless ocean that I am.’… Most Christians cannot easily think of man becoming god…

—There is an interesting discussion going on among the Catholic ashrams as to whether in a Christian ashram, Meditation or the Eucharist should be at the centre of our lives. Personally I tend to agree with Fr. Bede Griffiths that the distinctive call of a Christian ashram is to witness to the transcendent mystery believed in by people of all faiths… in the cave of the heart as the Upanishads call it, and this is reached by meditation… The presence of Christ in the Eucharist is secondary… However precious this may be, it is still a secondary mode of the presence.

—Many aspire when they go to ashrams to sit for long hours in meditation and to be taught by the guru how to raise the kundalini (serpent power) or the energy within.” –Vandana Mataji

—In a critique of the October 1989 Vatican Document “Orationis Formas” which “warns all Catholic Bishops that Eastern forms of prayer and meditation such as Yoga, Zen and T. M. are ‘not free from dangers and errors’,” she accuses the Church of the “fear of syncretism”:

We need to recognize… that no one religion, no, not even Christianity, can claim to have the whole truth… Personally, I do not think that syncretism is a real danger, nor what Cardinal Ratzinger truly fears.

—Living together outside of marriage is not always promiscuity. It is often a sincere love-bond requiring unselfish adjustment to the other. When it is such, who can dare cast the first stone against them and call it a sin?

This, then, is one of the Disciples for Peace founder’s advisors!

 

Michael Amaladoss SJ
is a leader of the heretical, New Age Catholic Ashrams movement:

Ashram Aikiya (AA) is the Federation of Ashrams of Catholic Initiative in India formed in 1978. From the 24-page AA News Letter 45 of Christmas 2004, we read:

—I am glad to learn that my talk does touch a few hearts… Hope it will keep the ashram people open. Otherwise they may get lost in structures
[the structures of organized religion].

Fr. Amaladoss
is
a theologian who has denied the existence of devils and received regular coverage for his erroneous views in The New Leader writes. His contribution to Vandana Mataji‘s Shabda Shakti Sangam (read chapter 50) at the time when he was Assistant in Rome to the Jesuit Superior-General is ‘My walking together with Hindus‘ in which he relates the influences on his life of leading ashram figures Fr. Ignatius Hirudayam SJ, Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB, Fr. Henri Le Saux who became Swami Abhishiktananda, Jyoti Sahi and Fr. Raimundo Panikkar (all in chapter 50). He was a frequent visitor to Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam.

DB says that Fr. Michael Amaladoss “is one of the best known Indian theologians at the international level.” What is his theology? Whatever it is, it’s not Catholic or even Christian.

—To the question, “what are the lessons life has taught you?” his reply is: Almost a Buddhist sense of accepting life in its flow… an experience of the relativity of everything: there is only one Absolute that pervades everything.Jivan, July 2000, page 30

—Jesus’ saving us from sin consists in showing us how to turn away from sin.

‘Jesus and Sin’, The New Leader, August 1-15, 2003.

—In the ‘Theology and Life’ column in the Jesuit-run The New Leader, September 1-15, 2000, one of his numerous articles titled Spirits and Ancestorswas published. Some extracts:

Death is not the end of human beings. They continue to live in a different way… It is not helpful to imagine them in bizarre ways when we do not know how they are! That is why it is more helpful to think of them as ancestors, people who have gone before us, but who are related to us… (At the time of death they) do not simply disappear. They are somehow with us, interested in how we are and what we are doing. They want to guide and protect us in some way. They communicate with us through dreams… They do not disappear to some far away place. The idea that our ancestors do not simply disappear, but are near their loved ones need not shock us. We can take it for granted… Some spirits are more threatening. If we have seen people who are possessed, they are often possessed by people who are dead. People who die an untimely death through accident or disease are said to be wandering around the place of their death and possess people who pass that way… Once dead, they do not look at life and at other people in the same way as they did when they were alive… A popular exorcist… said that he had no reason to believe that any spirits were involved… “How many of us pray to a parent… or even to a child who is alive… I know some people who do.

Fr. Amaladoss believes that there are no spirits, only ‘ancestors’. But the Bible (Hebrews 9:27) and the Catechism teach clearly that people who are dead do not wander around and cannot possess anybody. They teach that there ARE spirits. There is no such thing as “an untimely death”. And Christians certainly DO NOT pray TO the living on earth.

—In an earlier issue, The New Leader, August 1-15, 2000, asking us ‘Do devils exist?’ he opines:

Is it not strange that a loving God (may have) created… a category of beings to whom repentance and forgiveness do not seem to be available? … It is (the) conflict between a loving God and devils who remain evil and unforgiven forever that makes me wonder whether devils are simply playing a role in our own worldview. We should not then rush to conclusions about their existence… Humans are given a chance to repent and be saved but devils do not seem to have such a chance. The Bible seems to indicate that God almost ‘needs’ such evil spirits…

Why is God condemning a group of God’s creatures, namely the devils, to hell fire forever without any hope of redemption? Does not this fact tarnish somehow the image of a loving God? I wonder whether devils are necessary projections of our concerns… The devils are objects on which we can project all the evil … in ourselves… Do we not … hurt the image of God as loving and good, if God needs unredeemed spirits to ‘run’ the universe and eventually hell as the place for punishment? Perhaps we need to explore other answers.

Amaladoss
believes that the Bible teaches that God created devils and that he seemed to have a ‘need’ to ‘create’ them into existence. He teaches that devils are ‘objects’, a figment of our own imaginations and concerns. If there are no evil ‘spirits’, obviously there can be no devils. Like many other liberal theologians he projects the love and mercy of God to the exclusion of his righteousness and justice and our inevitable judgement by a holy God. Responding to
Fr. Amaladoss

article, two readers wrote in The New Leader, September 1-15, Letters to the Editor:

‘Christians believe that devils exist because it is taught by Scripture and formulated as dogma by the Church.’ -H. R. T. Roberts

‘(The article by Fr. Amaladoss) proves to what extent Satan has succeeded on making even theologians of such repute doubt, or even deny, his existence.’ -Sr. M. Johanna, Goa

—“Are we spirits?”, his sequel to the first article in The New Leader, October 1-15, 2000,
is nothing less than
a manifesto on the paranormal, the occult, holistic health and New Age Alternative Medicine. An excerpt:

Reiki and Pranic Healing speak about energy fields that surround our bodies… Sickness and health are reflected in these energy fields, and one can act on and heal the body through them. This seems possible even at a distance. Our ancient yogis mapped such energy fields also, in relation to our human bodies. Contemporary science and medicine are quite materialistic. They are not bothered about energy fields because they are normally not visible and they cannot be measured in the usual way. Their point of view is limited and need not be accepted as the whole truth. Some religious leaders, especially the charismatics, say that such healing practices are superstitious. They themselves deal with many para-normal phenomena but claiming what they do is right and what others do is wrong. Such narrow judgements can be ignored. In Reiki or in charismatic phenomena it is significant that the energy, in order to heal, must be directed by someone. There is an element of human will here which transcends physical or energy forces.

He criticizes some religious leaders, especially the charismatics who say that such healing practices are superstitious … Such narrow judgements can be ignored.

Amaladoss expresses his belief in
many paranormal phenomena like Extra-Sensory Perception, Clairvoyance, Mind-reading, Telepathy… etc.

Such powers can be used by people consciously or unconsciously to do good or evil. In Vipassana meditation for instance, people are asked to send good vibrations to others and to the world. In the same way evil vibrations can be sent too.’ In the same way, evil vibrations can be sent too… I think that the phenomenon of the so-called ‘evil-eye’ belongs to this order…

In solidarity with the basic premises of the ‘New Science’ and New Age Alternative Therapies, Fr. Amaladoss denies the reality of the ‘spirit’ and of spirits, and asserts that
the ‘spirits’ in phenomena of possession are ‘thought forms’ constructed by the mind…

—Amaladoss was involved in the formation of the now-abrogated Hinduised Indian Rite Mass*, promotes Carnatic music and composes songs for Bharatanatyam dance. An extract:

I also got involved with Fr. D.S. Amalorpavadass’ work at the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC) (read chapter 50) in Bangalore. I used to lecture in the many courses there regularly, till I moved to Delhi. I was present at all the major research seminars tackling the problems of the Indian Church and Indian theology like the one on the Inspiration of Non-Christian Scriptures, the Ministries, the Indian Church in the Struggle for a New Society, etc. I was involved with the group that prepared the “Indian Rite” for the Eucharist…

Source: “Faith meets faith”. Living with cross-cultural experiences – Interview with Michael Amaladoss SJ
www.franziskanerinnenheute.de/Mission/Interview_Amaladoss_mwi.doc.

*THE TWELVE POINTS OF ADAPTATION FOR THE INDIAN RITE MASS-WAS A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON INDIAN CATHOLICS?
– MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_TWELVE_POINTS_OF_ADAPTATION_FOR_THE_INDIAN_RITE_MASS-WAS_A_FRAUD_PERPETRATED_ON_INDIAN_CATHOLICS.doc

*THE TWELVE POINTS OF ADAPTATION AND THE INDIAN RITE MASS ARE ABROGATED
– MICHAEL PRABHU

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

 

—Amaladoss
along with other theologians slammed the landmark Vatican document Dominus Iesus on the unicity of Jesus in his article “Stop judging, that you will not be judged“.

Source: Jeevadhara: A Journal of Christian Interpretation, Vol. XXXI, No. 83, May 2001.

—Amaladoss
promotes the cause of the ordination of women. Arguing that “Jesus is the only priest“, The New Leader of February 1-15, 2010, in his article “The ministerial priest” in The New Leader of March 1-15, 2010 he concludes with This needs to be rethought.

By “this” he means the traditional role of the cultic priesthood in the Catholic Church.

—Amaladoss
is a favourite subject of the leftwing National Catholic Reporter’s (NCR) contents, especially in the realm of interreligious dialogue.

An example:
http://www.nationalcatholicreporter.org/globalpers/gp071603.htm,
July 16, 2003, by
Fr.

Francis Gonsalves SJ,
whose warped “theology” is identical to that of Amaladoss’. Like Amaladoss, he too is a purveyor of New Age: Meditating and Medicating on the Margins. Read
http://www.nationalcatholicreporter.org/globalpers/gp090303.htm,
September 3, 2003:

Catholic priest Swami Devaprasad … harmonizes hatha yoga with Christianity; Fr. Peter D’Souza conducts vipassana courses; Medical Mission Sr. Ruth Manianchira heals hundreds through reiki. Fr. Joe Pereira of Mumbai cures alcoholics and drug addicts through yoga, while in South India, Jesuit priests Ama Samy and Sebastian Painadath run Zen courses and Bhagavad Gita retreats, respectively, with rousing response.

 

—INDIAN JESUIT THEOLOGIAN FR MICHAEL AMALADOSS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY ROME – MICHAEL PRABHU

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

This, then, is the ‘Disciples of Christ for PeaceSwami Sachidananda Bharathi and Dharma Bharathi‘s Theological Consultant Fr. Michael Amaladoss SJ!

 

Naked New Age in DB literature (cited from material sent to me by the Swami on 25 July 2003):

‘Shanti Yagna’, a form of meditation promoted by Dharma Bharathi…has different stages. Stage one: Harmony and synergy stage… Stage three: Wholeness and communion stage.

There is need for man to capture a new Cosmo-vision … (for) human beings to effect a paradigm shift in their lifestyle from anthropocentric world to ecocentric universe.

The peace culture paradigm … is based on an integral understanding of reality in which God and creation are seen as interpenetrating realities, distinct yet inseparable. One is All, All is One is the basic understanding of reality
within this paradigm.

Once again an exposure to the West has become necessary for India’s further growth. This time it has to be New Science’.
New Science proves the interdependent organic nature of planet Earth and of the whole creation. We have to live in harmony… This earth-family consciousness…

Discoveries of New Science are leading us today to an integral vision of reality. We have come to realize that creation is an interdependent organic whole… Everything and everyone is… interdependent. Scientific discoveries and religious insights need to be seen as complementary realities. The
rational and the intuitive, the masculine and the feminine, the secular and the sacred are to be seen as integral to one another.

Dharma is the underlying principle of unity behind all diversities in creation. This unitive dharmic worldview of India is being supported today by the discoveries of New Science.

Discoveries of New Science starting with the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics are today proving beyond doubt the interdependent organic nature of creation… A holistic vision of reality is slowly replacing the old mechanical and materialistic model. This emerging integral vision of reality demands profound and far-reaching changes in our attitudes and outlooks as can be seen from the works of the proponents of New Science
like Werner Heisenberg, David Bohm, Fritjof Capra, Paul Davies, Ken Wilber, Rupert Sheldrake
and E. F. Schumacher
to name a few. All are leading New Agers as we have seen in chapter 50. An interesting aspect of the emerging integral vision of reality is that it is more or less fully in harmony with the unity of all life experienced by the mystics of world religions. The sages and rishis of India proclaimed (it) in enlightened words like ‘Ekam Sat, Vipra Bahudha Vadanti’ (Truth is one, wise men call it by different names)… Mystics of the 20th century like Sri Aurobindo, Teilhard de Chardin
and Bede Griffiths
have served as prophets of this emerging new integral vision of reality. Thus we see… a confluence of science and religion taking place.

A well-balanced synthesis of science and spirituality… should be evolved… In other words, the curriculum (for Dharma Bharathi education in schools) should be rooted in a new humanism**.
Indian insights into the truths of spirit gave birth to a number of progressive movements
(like)
Theosophical Society, Aurobindo Society

The interdependent organic nature of creation and the interrelatedness of our existence are well-embodied in and represented by the concept of Dharma… which according to Theosophist-occultist Annie Besant is ‘India’s word to the world’. (A quote of hers is included.)

 

The Swami speaks and writes a lot about peace. One more for the road:

Peace in the environment: … Peace Education, therefore, should aim at helping students to end the dichotomy between humanity and nature, and live at peace with nature by practicing the eco-friendly values

In fact the full name of his organization is Dharma Bharathi National Institute of Peace and Value Education.

I have emphasised most of the New Age-speak, some of it innocuous, some subtle, in italics. Does the reader now understand the connection between New Age, counterfeit “New Age peace“, and the Catholic Ashrams movement?

 

The rush to unite the religions of the world is driven by the belief that such unity will solve the problems of the world. Through the development of our human potential [Swami Sachidananda Bharathi’s ‘a new humanism’ (cited above)], we will usher in a New Era of Peace and Prosperity. (DB literature)

 

Protestants like to quote Daniel 8:25 “By peace he shall destroy many” (KJV) and the Bible prediction that the Antichrist will come to power as a peacemaker. “And he will destroy many when they are at ease” (New American Standard Bible).

Peace will be his platform; peace will be his bait. (Christ among Other gods, Erwin B. Lutzer, 1994, page 171)

 

Both peace and ecological issues play an ever-increasing part in international politics. Peace is an understandable desire of natural man; yet that peace is not the peace which the world can give.

Jesus said: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I come not to send peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34).

Yet we can have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

(Understanding the New Age, Roy Livesey, 1986, page 28)

 

A nation of firm purpose You keep in peace, in peace, for its trust in You (Isaiah 26:3, New American Bible).

When the Lord is pleased with a man’s ways, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7 NAB).

Those who love your law have great peace, and for them there is no stumbling block (Psalm 119:165 NAB).

Dharma Bharathi offers a futile pursuit of worldly peace, a peace without a trust in the God of the Bible and His Law a peace that does not include the person and message of the Giver of genuine and everlasting peace, Jesus Christ.

 

Where does that New Age peace get them? Nowhere, by their operational record. The last time that I checked (in 2003 and again in 2009) there were three, that’s right, THREE, Dharma Bharathis. The one had become three.

In the Introduction to ‘Disciples of Christ for Peace’ we read that some persons could not really understand Swami Sachidananda’s ‘call’ (and) many of them, including his wife parted ways with him.

These ‘some persons’ include one Fr. Varghese Alengaden and a few others who broke away in July 1998 from the original DB founded by Swami Sachidananda Bharathi in Indore, having incorporated a new DB based at Indore under the slightly modified name of Dharma Bharathi National Institute of Value Education for Peace (while the Swami moved to Hyderabad).
The breakaway Indore DB is now re-named the Universal Solidarity Movement***.

The split was acrimonious and scandalous. The Swami’s Hyderabad DB sought to initiate legal action … against… Fr. Varghese Alengaden – who had appropriated “all files, properties, photo albums, account books” — for betrayal of trust and fraud.The advisor to the Hyderabad set-up, Fr. Tom Kunnunkal SJ, who was negotiating an amicable settlement between Fr. Varghese Alengaden and the Swami, and who, too, corresponded with me, later instituted his own DB at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, in a third Indian state! A three-way split among three Catholics working for inner and world peace, including two who were priests!!! The July 10, 2002, letter head of Fr. Tom Kunnunkal SJ‘s Lucknow DB uses a different spelling, Bharati without the letter “h”.

So much for New Age peace! And harmony! … Among the DB promoters themselves.

 

For the record, the three DBs are not “affiliated” with the Church as far as I know. Before he launched his own variation, Fr. Tom Kunnunkal SJ had written to me, Both Dharma Bharathis (Indore and Hyderabad) are doing good work and reach out to many parts of India through several hundred schools… Neither has and neither is interested in (Church) affiliation…

 

Moving on, a whole lot of religious and priests are engaged in this justice and peace thing; much of the latter is New Age.

My research found that most of them were liberals and dissenters (how can one not get poisoned by what one dishes out?) One example to illustrate: the Adrian Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan are collaborators with many well-known dissenting groups in the Church. Perhaps the most notorious is NETWORK, who they correctly describe on their Peace and Justice Work site as a “progressive voice within the Catholic community”. This is the same organization that sent a letter to members of Congress endorsing health care reform in defiance of the bishop’s stance against this legislation. Adrian Dominican Sister Josephine Gaugier OP, prioress of the Holy Rosary Mission Chapter, was a signatory on this letter.

They are also in collaboration with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) which is currently under investigation by the Vatican for its teachings concerning homosexuality, women’s ordination, and salvation.

(https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?tag=spring-bank-retreat-center)

 

More examples to demonstrate how
feminist “peace”
and
New Age go hand in hand:

Making way for the divine feminine was a path-breaking summit held recently in India under the auspices of the global peace initiative of women, which highlighted the pivotal role of women in creating a peaceful, harmonious and sustainable world.

(Peace – Wise Women on the Rise
by
Suma Varughese, Editor in Chief, New Age journal Life Positive, May 2008, http://www.lifepositive.com/Mind/Peace/Wise_Women_on_the_Rise52008.asp
)

Also, go to their web page and check out the link on
Peace
http://www.lifepositive.com/mind/ethics-and-values/peace/peace.asp
to get their (New Age) understanding of peace.

 

InterPlay India (read chapter 67), according to their literature, aims as Peace collaborators, to co-create a Universe InterPlaying for Peace. InterPlay is a peace practice that is the perfect antidote to stress and violence.
It reconnects us with the wisdom of our bodies.
It puts us in touch with Mother Earth and the entire cosmic community
(
read chapter 26
).

As part of a global peace movement the co-founders of InterPlay from USA and Australia and their team come every year for the InterPlay India Peace Exchange (IIPE) program.

 

I have successfully established here the association between New Age Peace, Eco-Feminism (read chapter 26) and Radical Feminism (read chapter 62).

 

Peace Circles are very problematic. Not only are they derived from indigenous pagan practices, but they’re being used for everything from facilitating respectful communication to discovering a “place of mystery from which synchronicity, magic and healing arise.”

 

According to the New England Literary Resource Center (http://www.nelrc.org/practice/peacecircles.html), “Peace circles draw directly from the tradition of the talking circle, common even today among indigenous people of North America … The concept of a peace circle draws on the Native or First People’s concept of the medicine wheel. The medicine wheel reflects natural phenomena that occur in fours; for example, seasons, phases of the moon, and stages of life. The peace circle aims to promote a balanced approach to individual and community health with an equal emphasis on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual growth and well-being. The assumption is that if any one of the four components is neglected or violated the individual will be out of balance, and not “in a good way” with herself or her family and community.”

 

They go on to say that these circles are being used in the criminal justice system, education, human service organizations “and others interested in alternative processes for conflict resolution, decision making, community building, healing and support … The goal is to promote healing, harmony and a sense of connectedness.”

The way the circle works is described by Mark Umbreit of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking. A group sits in a circle and a facilitator manages the conversation by the passing of a “talking peace” – an object that has special meaning to the circle facilitator, who is referred to as the “circle keeper”. After opening comments about the purpose of the circle, the keeper says a few things about the talking piece, than passes it to the person to his or her left. Only the person with the talking piece can speak. If others jump in with comments, they are reminded of the rules. No one has to speak if they don’t want to because this would cause “pressure” in the circle. If a person doesn’t want to speak, they simply pass the talking piece to the next person.

Umbreit credits feminist author Christina Baldwin (Calling the Circle, The First and Future Culture) as being one of the people responsible for introducing the circle into modern use. 

 

However, I found her name linked with a very disturbing set of guidelines for the circle’s use which incorporates New Age concepts as well as the occult. (http://www.ca4women.org/circles.html) “The center is the heart of the circle. This is where the group mind and the group spirit reside. Set a table for them here – offer light, flowers, incense or whatever beautiful thing you might think of. You may add to this altar something that represents you – an item you bring specifically for this purpose or something of the moment – a piece of jewelry, scarf, photo from your wallet, etc.” The Guidelines go on to describe the center as representing the hearth or the fire pit around which humankind has gathered in a circle for hundreds of thousands of years. A candle placed in the middle represents life-giving fire, warmth, safety, home. “The center acts as a filter for what is spoken. We do not address a specific person when we speak from our hearts. We speak to the center, to the group mind and spirit. The center receives our words and allows them to pass through blessed and enhanced by Spirit. The center is the open vessel waiting to receive. It is a dancing floor, a threshing floor, a stage, a portal, all open and waiting for whatever might manifest. This is the place of mystery from which synchronicity (read chapter 42), magic and healing arise.”

 

The “center” in this description is clearly given magical powers that are “blessed and enhanced” by another power named only as Spirit. What is this power and where does it come from? And why are we building altars to a “group spirit”? 

Needless to say, there are many potential problems with the unsupervised use of circles in schools. While no one can argue with the promotion of more effective communication, facilitators can easily infuse this group session with pagan practices and rituals that are not compatible with Christianity. If the circle facilitators are using candles or other objects to build altars of worship to “group spirits” or any “Spirit” or power other than God, this is a violation of the First Commandment. 

Because of the religious overtures in the use of peace circles, you have every right to insist that the school respect the “separation of church and state” and stop introducing children to pagan practices under the guise of learning how to communicate better.

(Peace Circles, Susan Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=237)

 

New Age has been a source of ideas for various religious and para-religious sects… It is a syncretistic structure incorporating many diverse elements, allowing people to share interests or connections to very different degrees and on varying levels of commitment. Many trends, practices and attitudes which are in some way part of New Age are, indeed, part of a broad and readily identifiable reaction to mainstream culture, so the word “movement” is not entirely out of place. It can be applied to New Age in the same sense as it is to other broad social movements, like the Civil Rights movement or the Peace Movement; like them, it includes a bewildering array of people linked to the movement’s main aims, but very diverse in the way they are involved and in their understanding of particular issues. (JCBWL #2)

 

If mantras or what is called mindfulness leads to a certain inner stillness, peace, it may well contribute to a certain self-generated psychological equilibrium, but it must never be confused with the true mystical contemplation of God.

(David Torkington, http://www.davidtorkington.com/christian-mysticism-and-its-counterfeit/)

 

Marianne Williamson believes A Course in Miracles (read Section C) can, and does generate real and lasting peace. She will undoubtedly be very involved in our Government’s “U.S. Department of Peace” if she can help to make it a reality. She is the founder of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign group working to install in our Government, this “Department of Peace”, as a complement to our Department of Defense. This group’s numbers are growing daily, nationwide, thanks to Oprah’s enthusiastic promotion of Marianne Williamson. Marianne has said that the head of the Department of Peace will be VERY influential in our Government’s policy making, “having the ear of the President”
as it dispenses advice on the art and science of “Peace keeping”. Knowing that Marianne Williamson is a world renowned devotee of A Course in Miracles and the channeled spirit who authored it, and knowing full well what the Course teaches, I find myself thinking of a certain passage in Scripture: “And Jesus wept, for they knew not the ways of peace”.

Luke 19:41 (paraphrase)

(Sharon Lee Giganti,
http://jamesparkinsoncult.blogspot.com/2011/11/warning-about-course-in-miracles.html)

 

A yearning for spirituality and a good dose of distress can even lead Catholics to the New Age, says a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.

Q: Peace and happiness are the feelings New Age proposes.
Father Scarafoni: It’s true, but they are aspirations whose way of fulfillment goes against the Catholic Church.
The conclusions shared by these and other ways of searching for peace and happiness are: the need to abolish truths and dogmas that break and divide the vision of reality, and refuge in intuition and in the irrational mysterious; the need to suppress churches or forms of stable organization of religions, especially the hierarchy of the Catholic Church; the search for a new mysticism accessible to all.

(Responding to the Lure of New Age – Interview with Father Paolo Scarafoni of the Academy of Theology, 27 February 2004 worldwide video conference on “The Church, New Age and Sects,”
https://zenit.org/articles/responding-to-the-lure-of-new-age/)

Christian practices far surpass human-based methods like meditations and actually draw us into the presence of God, where we can find authentic peace and healing. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, offers us a peace that the world cannot give:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. -John 14:27 NAB

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -St. Paul in Philippians 4:7 NAB

May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NAB

 

For further reading (All files researched and authored by MICHAEL PRABHU):

—DHARMA BHARATHI-NEW AGE IN CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/DHARMA_BHARATHI-NEW_AGE_IN_CATHOLIC_EDUCATIONAL_INSTITUTIONS.doc

—DHARMA BHARATHI ASHRAM NEW AGE GURU SWAMI SACHIDANANDA BHARATHI BACKED BY BISHOPS

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/DHARMA_BHARATHI_ASHRAM_NEW_AGE_GURU_SWAMI_SACHIDANANDA_BHARATHI_BACKED_BY_BISHOPS.doc

**—POPE FRANCIS’ “NEW HUMANISM” WOULD “WIPE OUT CHRISTIANITY”

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/POPE_FRANCIS_PROPOSAL_FOR_NEW_HUMANISM_WOULD_WIPE_OUT_CHRISTIANITY.doc

***DHARMA BHARATHI 2.0. FR. VARGHESE ALENGADEN & FR. TOM KUNNUNKAL SJ:

—FR. VARGHESE ALENGADEN’S UNIVERSAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT. PRAYING TO ONE’S SELF

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/FR_VARGHESE_ALENGADEN-UNIVERSAL_SOLIDARITY_MOVEMENT.doc

—UNIVERSAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT NURTURED BY BISHOPS, FR. ALENGADEN
THEN
PREACHES RETREATS TO THEM

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/FR_VARGHESE_ALENGADENS_NEW_AGE_UNIVERSAL_SOLIDARITY_MOVEMENT_NURTURED_BY_BISHOPS_PREACHES_RETREATS_TO_THEM.doc,

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/FR_VARGHESE_ALENGADENS_NEW_AGE_UNIVERSAL_SOLIDARITY_MOVEMENT_NURTURED_BY_BISHOPS_PREACHES_RETREATS_TO_THEM_02.doc

 

 

The Indian Catholic Forum (ICF). “We Too Are Church” (V2RC). Vatican Council III? chhotebhai

 

The Kanpur-based Indian Catholic Forum (ICF) is an entity that is antithetical to all things traditionally Catholic. Their inspirations are Pope Francis and his Amazon Synod (read chapter 26) and the “promise” of “reforms” in the Universal Church that Vatican Council II had heralded.

The ICF calls for the convening of Vatican Council III which they hope will help them achieve their radical liberal goals, which can be read in the following pages.

—This consultation (V2RC I) was the brainchild of Swami Sachidananda Bharathi, also known as Air Force Baba, chhotebhai, and Isaac Gomes, Associate Editor of Church Citizens’ Voice.Catholic Forum calls for Vatican III, https://www.thepeoplespeakout.net/518/blog/reform-general/203-catholic-forum-calls-for-vatican-iii

 

—Taking a clue from the recently concluded Amazonian SynodCatholic Church Reform International (CCRI), a body of reform minded Catholics, is seeking to have similar people’s synods in various countries. Plans are afoot in Brazil, Mexico, USA, Germany, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand. In India this initiative is being taken by the Indian Catholic Forum (ICF) that was formed earlier this year at the National Consultation “We Too Are Church” (V2RC I) held in Kolkata. As a follow up, the second consultation V2RC II* is being held at Mount Hosanna, Bharananganam, Kerala, from February 7-9, 2020. V2RC II aims at informing, transforming and reforming, especially according to the far-sighted teachings of Vatican II and the humane, pastoral approach of Pope Francis. Notably, the Amazonian Synod was a push from bottom to top, because it was a people’s initiative… so different from the top to bottom trickle-down theory that seldom works, either in government or the church … They also endorsed a greater role for women in decision making positions in the church, an emphasis on local culture to express the gospels and a deep concern for the environment. The ICF is not an organization. It has neither membership nor bank account. It seeks to be a leaven in the dough that has no identity of its own…

http://mattersindia.com/2019/12/peoples-synod-planned/, chhotebhai, December 8, 2019

 

The phrases in bold font immediately above are euphemisms for the ordination of women as priests, the Hinduisation of the Indian Church through “inculturation”, and the New Age veneration of Mother Earth a la Pope Francis and his encyclical Laudato Si’ (chapter 26).

The ICF launch statement said that V2RC II
has the two fold objective of reforming and renewing the Catholic Church from within … motivated by our beloved
Pope Francis‘ endeavours for reform and renewal of the Catholic Church. He is facing stiff resistance from some ultra-conservative Catholics (including cardinals and bishops) who have mistaken European culture and long standing traditions for Christian faith … the Amazonian (sic) Synod held from 6th – 28th October in Rome recently … about 75% of the nearly 200 bishops that participated voted in favour of having married clergy. They laid emphasis on an indigenous, inculturated church, a greater involvement of women in ecclesiastical life … Should we Indian Catholics also not come together to express our concerns and solidarity with these far reaching church reforms?

 

Clericalism” has been a favorite buzzword (link) of Pope Francis almost since the inception of his pontificate. Eradicating clericalism was one of the calls of the Amazon Synod. All leftist media critique “clericalism”. It is a subtle attack on the cultic priesthood. Read

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2019/11/21/clericalism-and-its-remedies/, https://onepeterfive.com/the-fight-against-clericalism-takes-a-dangerous-turn/.

Most of the V2RC I speakers railed against “clericalism”.

 

*The V2RC II 2020 meet was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its topics included Clericalism which “Pope Francis has identified as a major stumbling block to reform”; “Pope Francis has repeatedly spoken out against the scourge of clericalism that is stifling the church”, the Status of Women in the Church, the Ecumenical dimension of reform, the Dangers of a Totalitarian Regime, the Hallmarks of an Indian Church, etc.

 

*A Kerala-based priest forewarned me that the “Indian Institute of Christian Studies (IICS) at Hosanna Mount in Bharananganam is founded by late Mr. Joseph Pulikunnel who wrote and spoke vehemently against authority in the  Catholic Church and conducted several meetings to this end. He is the brain behind the Church Act Bill which tries to bring the Church under Government authority. Though he is no more, the institute continues such activities. I doubt whether you will get any benefit after a painful journey.

Established 1994,
the
IICS, published Pulikunnel’s Hosanna Bible and the Hosanna magazine aimed at spreading his views. The first edition of the Bible, comprising 25,000 copies, was released with the joint effort of 25 scholars. It later became a widely-read version extending to 15 editions. Pulikunnel (1932-2017), a member of the Syro-Malabar Rite, demanded the establishment of a law for the administration of the Church, the non-application of Canon law for Indian Church and called for liturgical reforms. He was against the dominance of priesthood (clericalism) in Church affairs, etc. RSS Hindu leaders used to be invited to speak at the IICS. His wife and he were cremated at their home without Catholic rituals. (Source: Google search)

[St. Alphonsa, the patron saint of this ministry, is also from Bharananganam.]

 

The saffron-clad Acharya/Swami Sachidananda Bharathi of Dharma Bharathi (DB) is a founder-member and Co-Convenor of the ICF. The ICF Convenor is Kanpur-based chhotebhai, Allan de Noronha. The ICF Coordinator is Thomas John Palekkudy (Ernakulam), the General Secretary is Isaac Gomes (Kolkata). Swami Sachidananda Bharathi (Kochi) and Dr. Fr. Subhash Anand (Udaipur) are its Advisors. The nine Core Committee members include management guru David Lobo (Bangalore), and James Sylvester (Secunderabad).

V2RC I was held at Proggaloy Pastoral Centre in Kolkata, February 9-11, 2019, at the close of which “consultation” the ICF was launched.

The invitation to V2RC II said, We also welcome some ecumenically minded Christians from sister churches.

Speakers common to both V2RC I & the canceled V2RC II were chhotebhai, the Swami, Fr. Subhash Anand, and David Lobo.

 

Proposed V2RC II speakers:

Journalist/activist Anto Akkara, social justice activist Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ, feminist Raynah Braganza Passanha, Indian Christian Women’s Forum, on Women Priests and the status of Women in the Indian Church, Fr. Bobby Vadakkal OFM and Dr. Mathai Fenn, youth and marriage counsellors, Fr. Paul Thelakkat, Editor, Light & Truth, on Clericalism,
Rene Reid, Founder Director, Catholic Church Reform International (CCRI) (USA) by video conferencing on Church reform, and Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu, former Principal, St Stephen’s College, Delhi on Ecumenism.

—chhotebhai is an advisor to CCRI. CCRI is for reform of the Church as envisaged in Vatican Council II, and avowedly pro-Pope Francis whom they look to for fulfilling their liberal goals.

Some of CCRI’s Board of Consultors are former Jesuit priest, Ivan Fernandes, former priest James Kottoor of Church Citizens Voice/Almayasabdam*, former Benedictine priest Richard Sipe, former Franciscan Mark Day, dissident theologian Hans Kung, José María Vigil CMF, Spanish liberation theologian, etc.

https://www.catholicchurchreform.org/216/index.php/about-us/who-we-are, https://www.catholicchurchreform.org/216/index.php/about-us/board-members/board-of-consultors.

*Press Report: Catholic Forum calls for Vatican III

https://almayasabdam.com/press-report-catholic-forum-calls-for-vatican-iii/

CCRI’s Special Advisor is radical feminist dissident Joan Chittister OSB, co-chair Global Peace Initiative of Women. One of CCRI’s Directors is former nun and liberal theologian Rene Reid.

—Fr. Bobby Vadakkal OFM: Ma Nishada* Eco Restoration (*first sloka of Ramayana), Director, Dharmodaya Seva Ashram, Director of Spiritual Vertical of thetalkshop.in, Retreats for Healing in Nature, Silent sittings, walks and then bringing out what experience through artistic expressions and sharing in common at the end of the process creating a mandala; Director, Member of Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue of OFMs at Rome. That speaks for itself.

—Dr. Mathai Fenn, psychologist,
has “practiced various martial arts for about fifteen years and has an interest in Philosophy and Spirituality, both oriental and occidental.” He is into “mysticism beyond religion”. His father and his wife are also into psychoanalysis and psychospirituality. New Age?! chhotebhai touts the above two individuals as “youth and marriage counsellors”.

—Fr. Paul Thelakkat, former spokesperson of the 2019 Syro-Malabar Church, is the first accused in a document forgery case, https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/020619/adithya-valavi-priest-quizzed-in-church-forgery-case.html

—Raynah Marise Braganza Passanha is a feminist activist.

—It is astounding that Rev. Valson Thampu was invited to speak at V2RC II. He is a regular contributor to Times of India’s column The Speaking Tree which features a motley assortment of gurus, god men and women, and Catholic liberals and New Agers like Fr. Francis Gonsalves SJ (cited earlier), Fr. Pravin Fernandes, Janina Gomes and Christopher Mendonca (WCCM). Only in August 2019, chhotebhai himself wrote I express my dismay and near total disagreement with Dr. Valson Thampu’s Heretical Thoughts (in which Thampu disparages Catholicism and says that Christians are polytheists.

 

About 50 individuals attended V2RC I.

Non-speakers, V2RC I “Collaborators”:

1. Isaac Gomes, Secretary, Indian Catholic Forum (ICF), Associate Editor of ex-priest James Kottoor’s Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) or Almayasabdam.
CCV/Almayasabdam is New Age, pro-women’s ordination, militates for the abolishing of organized religion and the Catholic sacraments to “bury” the cultic priesthood/clericalism (they opine that transubstantiation is a superstition), devotion to the Blessed Mother, etc. For documented evidence, read:

CHURCH CITIZENS VOICE AND ALMAYASABDAM-ANTICATHOLIC MEDIA
– MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/CHURCH_CITIZENS_VOICE_AND_ALMAYASABDAM-ANTICATHOLIC_MEDIA.doc,

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

chhotebhai is on their mailing list.

2. James Sylvester, Founder/Chief Editor, Voice of the Faithful, Secunderabad.

Every issue of the monthly misleadingly sports the Vatican logo on its front cover.

Every issue dedicates pages to covering Pope Francis, and carries an article from chhotebhai.

The March 2019 issue article “Indian Catholic Forum calls for Vatican III” contributed by chhotebhai announced the launching of the ICF, the stated goals of which included pressing for the reforms of Vatican II, organizing regional level conventions, etc. and fighting clericalism.

This V2RC I collaborator’s priest-brother was Fr. Dominic Sylvester who passed away in 2017.

3.
Fr. Philip Kattakayam, Muzaffarpur, National President of Swami Sachidananda Bharathi‘s DCHC.

 

Other V2RC I attendees and speakers:

1. Fr. Joe Fernandes MSFS, Kolhapur, Editor, Kristi Kiran, Bishop’s House Administrator, Sindhudurg

2. Fr. Francis M. Britto, Chhattisgarh

3. Fr. Subhash Anand, Udaipur

4. Kuriakose P. K.
(former priest, married to sl. No. 5),
Navi Mumbai

5. Kuriakose, Lucile (former nun), Navi Mumbai

6. Sr. Manisha Gonsalves RSCJ,
Feminist,
Mumbai

7. Sr. Chinnamma Scaria IMP, Barabanki, Founder-member DB’s DCHC

8. Sr. Anupama Toppo FC, Rourkela

9. Sr. Margaret Gonsalves RSCJ/FSCC (I hear that she is an ex-nun), Feminist, Vasai

10. Meera Noronha (wife of chhotebhai), Kanpur

11. Angelina Jasnani, President, Catholic Association of Bengal, Kolkata

12. Percival Holt, President, Indian Catholic Youth Movement of the CBCI, Faridabad

13. Brinda Adige, Bangalore, feminist activist, fond of quoting pioneer feminist Gloria Steinem

14. Dr. Salam Irene Singh, Imphal

15. Romesh Niven, Advocate,
Ahmedabad

16.
Kirit Macwan, Advocate,
Ahmedabad

17. Thomas John Palekkudy, Ernakulam

18. Maggie Thomas Palekkudy, Ernakulam

19. Guru Santaji Lobo, Kolhapur, Founder-member DB’s DCHC

20. F. A. Nathan, Chennai, President, New Life People’s Party

21. Dr. S. John Bosco, Coimbatore, teaches at the NBCLC

There were other delegates from Chennai, Vadodara, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jamshedpur, Bangalore, Kolhapur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Imphal.

 

Prominent delegates who did not turn up for V2RC I:

Jose Kaviyil, Chief Editor, Matters India, New Delhi

Sr. Tessy Jacob SSpS, Orissa

Aloma Lobo, Bangalore (wife of David Lobo)

 

Resource persons, speakers and presenters of papers at V2RC I:

At V2RC I heresy was spoken multiple times by the speakers, but not a soul objected.

1.
chhotebhai. A diehard Vatican Council II apologist/ecclesiologist, (he doesn’t factor into his writings anything pre-Vatican II), lugging around a large volume of the “The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents” and citing from it, he
is pro-ecumenism, pro-interreligious dialogue, pro-married priests, pro-women’s ordination, pro-Gandhian thought, anti-
Gandhi parivar, anti-Sangh parivar/Modi, anti-Trump, pro-Biden, anti-conservative, avowedly pro the liberal-modernist Pope Francis, and anti-organized religion (he refers to it as churchianity).

Vatican Council II was a pastoral council, not a dogmatic one. Catholics are free to accept it or to reject it. However, liberal, progressive and dissident individuals and groups like the ICF, including exponents of inculturation, have reset their lives by it, selectively citing portions or isolated lines of certain Documents, even manipulating and misinterpreting them. chhotebhai is adept at that. Leading conservative Catholic laity and prelates have found serious problems with some Documents (the list of twenty-odd Vatican II-related files at the end of this section is not exhaustive). The roots of the contentious Amazon Synod can be traced back to Vatican II.

 

—The paper that chhotebhai presented at V2RC I was captioned
Vatican II – Renewal or Betrayal“. In it, he says, “Vatican II was meant to be for the renewal of the Church. Our collective experience in the clerically dominated Indian church
is rather one of betrayal.”

The ICF pursues “a new way of being Church“. What does chhotebhai mean by that?

—In a post Covid 19 scenario many writers have talked about a new way of being church. Others have felt that if these Houses of God could not protect them from the virus, then how efficacious could they be in healing society? …The writer is a staunch advocate of Vatican II reforms.”
(A Catholic Pentecostal, May 29, 2020).

—My previous article on a Catholic Pentecostal hinted at a new way of being church. Others like (Fr.) Subhash Anand and Swami Sachidananda have also been pointing in that direction … We need to look forward to a drastically new way of being church. That was a primary goal of the Indian Catholic Forum. (Going to church, June 6, 2020).

 

In Tractors, Tanks, Treason & Trump, January 28, 2021, chhotebhai wrote:

There were TV images of Trump supporters who had entered the Senate hall and occupied the Speaker’s podium. What shocked me was their “Halleluiahs”. They were praising Jesus and attributing their success to him! It is no secret that Trump, Bible in hand, had evoked strong religious sentiments from Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals.

What is not so commonly known is that he also had the support of conservative elements in the Catholic Church, including from its bishops. There have been videos of Catholic priests condemning Joe Biden for his liberal views on sexual ethics and abortion, even though he is a devout practicing Catholic. While Pope Francis wrote him a warm letter of encouragement on his election, Archbishop Jose Gomez, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued him a stern warning. Writing in La Croix International from the Vatican, Robert Mickens described Gomez’s letter as “an iron fist in a velvet glove”! This is not surprising because, as Mickens says, the American bishops have been opposing Pope Francis‘ pastoral reforms, and even used former Nuncio Archbishop Vigano to defame and discredit Pope Francis through his 70 page open letter.

 

Some of chhotebhai’s controversial statements:

—I do not believe in a God that is hell-bent on packing “sinners” off to hell.

https://mattersindia.com/2020/12/denominations-are-abominations/

—(Jesus) laid the foundations of secularism when he said ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’ (cf. Mt 22: 20-21) … We need both Religion and Spirituality, for Jesus was both a religious and a spirit filled person. (Was Jesus religious? March 31, 2020)

—The writer believes in the secular spirituality of the world we live in.(Hang Religion, Spirituality is the big bang! April 4, 2020)

—Vatican II is 55 years old. Had its teachings been implemented in both letter and spirit, the Church today would have been far more vibrant. Instead it has chosen to fall back on a plethora of pious devotions. They don’t cut ice in a developed world. (Is religion dead? March 26, 2020)

—We could also question why holy water should be sprinkled on the faithful during the penitential rite if it cannot even counter the Coronavirus … the Catholic Church with its overemphasis on the sacraments and sacramentals… (Touch me Not, March 11, 2020)

—Nn
qualified his statement to say that the
church and priesthood as they exist today are not what Jesus intended or instituted … Even today there are many traditionalist/conservative Catholics who cannot digest the changes wrought by Vatican II. More recently they are up in arms against the just concluded Amazonian (sic) Synod that, among others, recommended a married clergy. (Maranatha or Manna, December 3, 2019)

 

About Pope Benedict XVI, he wrote: At John Paul II’s death I wrote to all our Indian cardinal electors not to vote for the Panzer Cardinal, who took the name of Benedict XVI. He went so far as to term dissident laypersons “betrayers like Judas”. He had earlier expressed doubts about Vatican II teachings. He seemed bent on turning the clock back … I daresay that his greatest contribution was to resign, when he found the going too hot for him.(V2RC I paper)

 

For chhotebhai, Pope Francis embodies all of his “new way of being church” aspirations, especially in the former’s calls for decentralization of doctrinal authority, synodality and collegiality (Evangelii Gaudium #16) (V2RC I paper). Read my 111-page study on that subject: http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_26-THE_DECENTRALIZATION_OF_DOCTRINAL_AUTHORITY.doc.

chhotebhai celebrates Lumen Gentium #16, saying that it negates all aggressive “missionary” activity aimed at “conversions”.(V2RC I paper)

My responses to chhotebhai’s obsession with Vatican II, interfaith dialogue, women priests, ecumenism, etc. may be found here (each file contains links to several other related files):

(All files researched and authored by MICHAEL PRABHU):

—FALSE JUSTIFICATION OF RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND INTERRRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/SEEDS_AND_RAYS_OF_TRUTH_IN_RELIGIONS_VS_FULLNESS_OF_CHRISTIAN_REVELATION.doc

—FALSE ECUMENISM

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/FALSE_ECUMENISM.doc

—WOMEN PRIESTS AND ARTIFICIAL ECUMENISM

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/WOMEN_PRIESTS_AND_ARTIFICIAL_ECUMENISM.doc

—MODERNISM STILL PLAGUES THE CHURCH

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/MODERNISM_STILL_PLAGUES_THE_CHURCH.doc

—AUTHENTIC ECUMENISM VS LIBERAL-MODERNISM

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/AUTHENTIC_ECUMENISM_VS_LIBERAL-MODERNISM.doc

—HOW THE MODERNISTS MADE “ECUMENICAL” A DIRTY WORD

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/HOW_THE_MODERNISTS_MADE_ECUMENICAL_A_DIRTY_WORD.doc

—Amazon Synod: where did all these references to ‘synodality‘ come from?

https://catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2018/10/26/synod-report-where-did-all-these-references-to-synodality-come-from/

—The Impact of Pope Francis’ thrust for “Synodality

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/bishop-mcelroy-and-a-us-synodal-path-what-would-that-mean?

—The “synodality” masquerade

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/11/13/the-synodality-masquerade/

—There is no synodality without fidelity to doctrine

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/articles/revolution-in-the-church/there-is-no-synodality-without-fidelity-to-doctrine/

—Concerning “synodality

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2021/02/10/concerning-synodality/

 

chhotebhai has been immersed in the Catholic Ashrams (read chapter 50) culture for decades.

He was invited to the installation ceremony of Bishop Raphy Manjaly, member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, as the Archbishop of Agra on 7th January, 2020.

(The then, 1979) Archbishop Athaide sent Raphy for guidance to Fr. Augustine Deenabandhu OFM Cap of Jyotiniketan Ashram, Bareilly; which is where we met… I was deeply touched when Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut referred to my recent article “Do we need Bishops** in his homily. (The Archbishop Raphy I know, January 9, 2021)

**Perhaps God itself will arise to care for its
people.(Do we need Bishops? November 2020)

When I was in Jyotiniketan Ashram, Bareilly, (1975-1982) we had an ecumenical meeting…

The founder of the ashram Rev. Murray Rogers who wore saffron robes and used Hindu texts in his own liturgy. (Denominations are Abominations, December 14, 2020)

Fr. Deenabandhu was a protagonist of the philosophies of New Ager Fr. Bede Griffiths. Ashram founder Fr. Henri Le Saux (Swami Abhishiktananda) even concelebrated Mass with Rev. Rogers, who was an Anglican priest, at Jyotiniketan Ashram, states Sr. Claude de Sauviebien FMM in the Shantivanam Golden Jubilee souvenir (chapter 50) Saccidanandaya Namah.

 

chhotebhai’s fifth book, The Jerusalem Code (JC),The Indian Catholic Forum (ICF), 2020, 368 pages, is dedicated to Popes John XXIII who convened Vatican Council II and Paul VI who “brought (it) to fruition”. Who else! The Foreword is given by Fr. T.K. John who contributed to both the heretical NCB and the occult ashrams book SSS (read chapter 50).

chhotebhai records the formation of the ICF at Kolkata, on page 274 of JC.

I will publish a report with a detailed analysis of the book but here is a synopsis of its contents:

chhotebhai comes to the conclusion that the Judeo-Christian God is a partial God (JC, page 260) taking the cases of Abraham (Genesis 12, 20) and King David (2 Samuel 11-12).

The JC storyline gives credence to the “prophecies” of the occultist Nostradamus and St. Malachi (Church-unapproved, read http://ephesians-511.net/docs/PROPHECIES_OF_ST_MALACHY_ON_THE_POPES_AND_THE_LAST_DAYS.doc). They underline the startling denouement of the book. It’s about the destruction of the Church as we know it today and the resurrection of a new inclusive “church” that bears no resemblance to its original Founder, the Gospel and Tradition, as intentioned by the author.

Since chhotebhai often projects his personal aspirations by putting words in the mouths of fictional characters, it is sometimes difficult to figure out what exactly he puts across and get the import of some issues. Like when he writes god in italics and the lower case and calls god ‘it’.

The Church wants Catholics “to have more kids because there are no more vocations,” he says.

He sees the Church as lusting after power since the conversion of the Emperor Constantine. Pope Francis, the book says, has denounced this “clericalism” as “a scourge and scandal”.

Citing “Vatican II ecclesiology” and Matthew 23:9, he “will never address priests as ‘Father'”.

JC welcomes the controversial February 2019 Abu Dhabi Declaration and its proposed Abrahamic (“Judaism, Christianity and Islam”) temple “in order to further world peace“:

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_90-PLURALISM_AND_DIVERSITY_OF_RELIGIONS_IS_WILLED_BY_GOD.doc, and

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/POPE_FRANCIS_SYNCRETISED_HOUSE_OF_THE_ABRAHAMIC_FAMILY.doc.

JC also welcomes the controversial October 2019 Amazon Synod and “the Amazonian indigenous people expressing theirculture in the Vatican gardens”. The author intentionally avoids the use of the word for the Mother Earth goddess that Pope Francis allowed in: Pachamama (read chapter 26). Besotted with Pope Francis, and although being well-read in current Church matters, he turns a blind eye to the Pachamama incidents… and more. Then, he laments that whereas “liberal theologians, women religious and enlightened lay leaders” were pushing for married clergy, Pope Francis “got cold feet”, post-Amazon Synod.

Read Liberalism is a Sin, Dr. Fr. Don Felix Sarday Salvany

https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/liberalism-is-a-sin-10081, and

Mirari Vos, Pope Gregory XVI, August 15, 1832

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

 

Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae “was a disastrous leap backwards” (read ‘David Lobo’ further down). Natural Family Planning (NFP)* has “basic flaws” and is “not possible to follow”. He rejects the Church’s position on denial of Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. He is not in favour of priestly celibacy and cites the case of the later-excommunicated Archbishop Milingo “who had married a Korean woman … at a mass wedding conducted by … the Unification Church and claimed to have a following of 150,000 married Catholic priests.”

He never liked the conservative Benedict XVI: “At (John Paul II’s) death, I had written to all our Indian Cardinal electors not to vote for … B16 which I foresaw as tragic for the Church”.

He has a problem with Papal infallibility** and appeals to the writings of condemned theologian Hans Kung (who labeled Dominus Iesus (2000) as “Vatican megalomania” and who stated that “Vatican II didn’t go nearly far enough in causing a break with the Church’s past”.)

*Natural Family Planning, Fr. Finbarr Flanagan OFM

http://sine-glossa.blogspot.in/search/label/Natural%20family%20planning

*Considering Natural Family Planning? A doctor answers 6 big questions

https://aleteia.org/2018/02/23/considering-natural-family-planning-a-doctor-answers-6-big-questions/

**INFALLIBILITY IMPECCABILITY AND INDEFECTIBILITY – MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/INFALLIBILITY_IMPECCABILITY_AND_INDEFECTIBILITY.doc

 

Other controversial theologians whom he frequently cites in JC are Fr. Josef Neuner SJ and Fr. Jacques Dupuis SJ (the latter for example was investigated for suspected heresy in his Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism, 1998); Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ, an aggressive anti-conservative Pope Francis apologist; Fr. Anthony de Mello SJ whose writings were banned by the Church (http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/dissent/demello.htm); Fr. George Gispert-Sauch SJ and Fr. George Pattery SJ (contributors to SSS); Fr. Joseph Mattam SJ “who came down heavily on the hierarchical Church structure and male priesthood”; funny how ALL of them are dissenters, ALL are Jesuits like Pope Francis, and some of them have been castigated by Rome!

An exception is the Redemptorist Fr. Desmond De Sousa (with whom I have corresponded) who believes that the Church has failed to live up to Vatican II. chhotebhai quotes him a lot.

Then, there is chhotebhai’s celebration of the infamous NBCLC and Catholic Ashrams gang — to name just a few: Fr. D.S. Amalorpavadass, Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB, Fr. Henri Le Saux (Swami Abhishiktananda), Vandana Mataji RSCJ, Swami Anil Dev IMS (chhotebhai has a great appreciation for the IMS ashram fathers, JS page 190) and his Matridham Ashram (the Catholic Charismatic Renewal simply adores him; read about him in APPENDIX VIII); and he cites a Camaldolese monk (they’re all New Age) whom he was close to (read http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CATHOLIC_ASHRAMS_AND_THE_CAMALDOLESE_BENEDICTINES.doc).

He credits his name “chhotebhai” to Fr. Deenabandhu OFM Cap of Jyotiniketan Ashram,

On several pages in the book, chhotebhai bemoans the failure of the All-India Seminar: Church in India Today 1969 (which “was the Indian equivalent of Vatican II”) to fully achieve the many liberal reforms that it had envisaged, including inculturation which sadly only turned out to be “cosmetic changes … priests dressing like us laity, nuns switching to saris, genuflection replaced by anjali hasta, and incense replaced by agarbattis.”

 

chhotebhai has read good Catholic books such as The Compact History of the Catholic Church by Dr. Alan Shreck and the prophetic The Catholic Church at the End of an Age, 1994, by Dr. Ralph Martin. But he uses their contents to sell his own progressive vision of the Church and its future.

He shows familiarity with the New Age Transactional Analysis (read chapter 38). In the review of his first book The Trinity and Me, 1978, T.A. is described as a “contemporary science”!

Incidentally, his third book Beyond 2000, the Other Side, 2000, has the appreciation of Bishop Patrick D’Souza of Varanasi.

chhotebhai’s reading preferences as in an email to me are Indian Currents, Secular Citizen, Matters India, UCAN, Jesuit-run La Civiltà Cattolica and La Croix International, all of them liberal.

On the other hand, exactly the same as with Fr. Aloysius Pieris SJ’s Helping Francis Renew the Church (below), he disparages eminent conservative individuals like Cardinal Robert Sarah (“against the ordination of women, distributed communion only on the tongue”) and Archbishop Viganò (“short-tempered, ambitious and harbouring personal grudges”) in his book JC.

In JC, chhotebhai writes, “(Jesus) didn’t want Mary to be a cultic figure, venerated in pedestallised statues up there.” Protestant-like, he argues that Jesus addressed her as “woman” (John 19:27). In an email to me, he elaborated, “Cultic is when we adulate someone up there”.

When chhotebhai says “the Word of God”, he means Scripture to the exclusion of Tradition. “The Catholic Church (gives) extra emphasis to the sacraments and pious devotions like the rosary and novenas. The Word of God has not been given its due.”

 

Right from the get-go, the book is anti-patriarchal and asks if the time is “not ripe for a woman to be Pope”. To that end, the author has to ensure over many chapters, married clergy and the ordination of women. Finally, on page 352, the “church” gets its pant-suit clad Kamala Harris-type woman pope, “Attha Mariamma I”, a Keralite Syro-Malabar auxiliary “bishop”. She used the suffix “I” (‘the first”) with her name because “she believed that she was just the first in what would be a long line of women to be the head of the college of bishops”.

But before that, the “prophecies” of St. Malachi and Nostradamus have to be fulfilled! Vatican Council III is convened by Pope Francis, the “decentralization of the curial church” is initiated. A “new Congregation for the Protection of the Environment” is instituted to promote Pope Francis’ 2015 New Age encyclical Laudato si’, women “priests” are ordained, women “bishops” are consecrated, Francis abdicates, disappearing from the Vatican (it is March 2026), a Congolese Cardinal ascends the Chair of Peter taking the name of Peter II (to fulfil St. Malachi’s ‘prophecy’) and issues his first encyclical Fides Petri Et Scriptor to explain his choice of papal name.

Peter II reconvenes Vatican III “to set about … unfinished tasks as decreed by Pope Francis”. With “6000 delegates and support staff” in attendance, the Vatican and Rome are annihilated by a suicide bomber flying a Rafale jet loaded with bombs, missiles and the deadly poison agent, Ricin. In keeping with chhotebhai’s worldviews, the French pilot had ben sodomised as a young man by his assistant parish priest, and this was his act of revenge against the “church”.

From the ashes, a truly “collegial” “church” emerges and the Second Council of Jerusalem” is held in the city that had hosted the first council (Acts 11). Hence the title of the book.

The title JC is a play on Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Like the latter, JC is an eclectic blend of anti-Catholic rhetoric, misguided liberalist hope and fiction, and deserves to be condemned.

 

But Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ (a proposed V2RC II speaker) writing in ex-priest James Kottoor‘s heretical Almayasabdam/Church Citizens’ Voice (https://almayasabdam.com/straight-talk-decoding-chhotebhais-the-jerusalem-code/) thinks otherwise. Decoding JC, the social activist lauds chhotebhai. For him, the book is a breath of fresh air; a must-read for all: particularly Bishops, priests and religious, for those in formation and for all laity.

 

chhotebhai has been an influencer in the Church for over four decades. He was Founder Secretary of the U.P. Regional Youth & Vocations Bureau (1979-82), former National President of the All India Catholic Union
from 1990-1994, former Director of the International Council of Catholic Men, and even a resource person for the CCBI Family Life Commission
(sources: thepeoplespeakout.net, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_de_Noronha, Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ in
almayasabdam.com,

Love Jihad-Catholic Style, February 2021). Despite his radically liberal views, or maybe because of them, he is close to a number of bishops, dissident theologians and dissident editors. His closest associates share his progressive worldview and goals and his abhorrence of all things traditional. Always keep in mind that his adult children do not attend church. That they do not feel the need to is a natural consequence of his liberalism.

 

Birds of a feather indeed flock together!

2. Swami Sachidananda Bharathi (http://www.navasrushti.org)

He claims to have had a “conversion” experience in a plane crash in 1982. It led him to where he stands today. In his V2RC I paper and elsewhere, he calls it a “near-death experience” (chapter 77) and a “fatal” accident. It was neither! In a recent booklet he claims that “Mahatma Gandhi appeared to (him) in a vision calling him ‘my son'” and inspiring his mission.

His V2RC II paper was to have been “Hallmarks of an Indian Church“. Its context was to be inculturation as “emphasized in the Amazon Synod”.

 

In the DB logo, The triangle represents the Trinitarian God of Spirit-Light-Love (Sat-Chit-Ananda) (see the linked file in chapter 50). The blue circle represents the Godhead, the ‘One Supreme Spirit’ beyond names and forms, which is the Ultimate Truth. Not very Christian, is it?

The Swami is the author of around 30 books, all of them on inter-related issues. In the paper that he presented at V2RC I (Vision & Mission for Post Vatican-II Church in India), he repeats much of the same New Agese that I have detailed in my preceding report on DB. In it, he also cites heavily from his books, and on the aims, goals and objectives of his many organizations.

 

He says that (the Church is) enslaved by forces of evil and burdened with scandals of sexual immorality and financial misappropriations. It is this burden that has motivated us to come together for this National Consultation (V2RC I) … the Church needs to develop and promote an ‘Indian face’ of the Christian faith without religious conversion and cultural alienation.

He opines that Vatican II calls for a reunion of Christendom through the development of an ecumenical spirit … an ecumenical communion of love … (and) Interreligious cooperation for peace … The Church with its wealth and power does not fit into this scheme of things … India needs disciples
of Christ, not baptized members of the Church, and touts his “Ecumenical Communion of Love” Disciples of Christ for Peace (DCP) as the solution to the Church’s woes. He teaches his followers a ‘Peace of Christ Meditation’, DCP’s ‘basic spiritual programme’. Members are divided into 4 categories depending on their age, vocation and experience as Brahmacharis, Sadhaks, Acharyas & Sanyasis in harmony with the age-old Chaturashrama Parampara of India.

As we have already noted, the DCP was co-founded by the then Archbishop of Hyderabad in 1998. Today, There is a Catholic Communion of DCP functioning in the Archdiocese of Nagpur under the patronage of the Archbishop (Elias Gonsalves) … The Catholic Communion of DCP has its office functioning from the Archbishop’s House … DCP also has a Special Task Force termed ‘Disciples of Christ for Happy Childhood’ (DCHC) … under the patronage of the Bishop of Gorakhpur (Thomas Thuruthimattam CST).

His 15-acre Navasrushti Ashram near Nagpur serves as the ‘spiritual home & orientation center’ for the Catholic Communion of DCP. It was inaugurated … with a ksheera abhishekam (bath and consecration in milk) … by a group of seven religious and spiritual leaders from different traditions.Other office bearers are Fr. K. Sibichan, Sr. Marianne SCN and Sr. Dr. Benedicta Pinto AC. The Swami’s DCP operates out of the Nagpur Archbishop’s House under its secretary Meera D’Souza.

His first Dharma Bharathi Ashram in Kochi was inaugurated on 17th December 2003 by Archbishop Daniel Acharuparampil of Verapoly. His book Bharatiya Dharma Rajya: Vision of the Kingdom of God in India or the Navasrushti Movement was released by Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi on 2nd October 2018 in the Sacred Heart Cathedral Hall.

He was a speaker at the November 6-8, 2012, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences Office for Evangelization in Bangkok. His paper was ‘Witnessing to the Christian Faith…’!

The OE was headed by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB of Guwahati and Fr. Jacob Theckanath, Director of the NBCLC.

The Swami’s interreligious initiative Tyagarchana Shanti Mission was inaugurated by Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara of Nagpur on 23rd January 2015. His Disciples of Christ for Peace (DCP) functions according to a Constitution issued with the Imprimatur of the Archbishop and under his patronage.” Its logo sports the symbols of 12 different religions. The Nagpur Navasrushti ashram “is the spiritual home … of DCP.

His Vishwa Shanti Sansad, 2017, was inaugurated by Archbishop William D’Souza of Patna and Fr. Jose Vadassery SJ, Jesuit Provincial Superior.

The Swami’s 2016 booklet ‘Spiritual Regeneration of the Indian Church’ carried messages from the Archbishop of Nagpur, Archbishop of Agra Albert D’Souza, and Bishop Gerald Mathias of Lucknow. According to Fr. Jayapalan Raphael SDB, their plan was “to present the idea to the CBCI to make its mission for the whole Indian Church.” Some of its associates are deviant theologian Dr. Fr. Michael Amaladoss SJ, New Ager and heretic Bro. John Martin Sahajananda OSB. Cam. of Shantivanam Ashram (in the booklet under referral he gives a twisted interpretation of John 14:6), CCR (charismatic renewal) episcopal advisor
Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut, Bishop Charles Soreng of Meerut, Dr. Fr. P.P. George SDB, former CBCI secretary, Fr. Antony Pancras, Editor, The New Leader, Sr. Dr. Annamma Philip FMM. From this, we see that the rot is widespread and reached the very top.

In all of DB literature, Jesus is represented as a squatting yogi who is seeking enlightenment.

 

—The ‘Dharma Bharathi School of Forgiveness & Reconciliation’ (DBSFR) functioning from our Dharma Bharathi Ashram in Kerala with an Extension center in our Navasrushti Ashram in Nagpur trains interested People of God in Sahana Yoga & Shanti Yajna. (V2RC I paper)

 

—DB’s current National Board of Trustees has no Christian member on it except the Swami.

The goals of DB’s Navasrushti Trust (http://www.navasrushti.org/visionandmission.html) which is allied with Hindu NGOs include Establishing a Dharma Bharathi Global Open University of Peace and Value Education (DBGOU) in the form of a network of autonomous Dharma Bharathi Institutes based on the ‘Dharma Bharathi’ system of ‘Peace & Value Education’ and the ecological rejuvenation of planet earth (and) developing ‘Eco-Spiritual Tourism’, ‘Eco-Spiritual Tourism Centers’ and establishing an International Academy of Eco-Spiritual Tourism to promote ecological well-being of Planet Earth and spiritual regeneration of humankind.

The aspirations of the Swami/DB, and his words, like those of chhotebhai, come across as noble and innocent. They cite Scripture and the Saints and talk of ideals like forgiveness and peace. But we have seen that that peace is a New Age peace and that behind the façade is New Age.

There was no forgiveness and peace in the breakup of the Indore DB into three factions.

After an ICF core committee meeting at the close of VRC I, a just-elected member Rahul Sequeira of Kolkata who was the admin of the WhatsApp group was summarily expelled.

I was surprised that it too them so long to throw him out because on the evening of the first day of the V2RC I Consultation, he had questioned the introduction of the arati, distribution of prasada and dancing at Mass, describing it as “appeasement”. If a priest declines to baptize someone, he is a bad priest, Sequeira said. His positions are in opposition to those of V2RC/ICF.

 

3. Fr. Subhash Anand. He has been highlighted in the section on the New Community Bible, and
in chapter 62 (and in several reports at my web site) as being pro-women’s ordination (http://ephesians-511.net/docs/
NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_15-DEMAND_FOR_ORDINATION_OF_WOMEN_PRIESTS-FR_SUBHASH_ANAND_AND_OTHERS.doc).

He is a theologian and has preached to bishops and high ranking members of the CBCI.

His paper was captioned “The Evangelization and the Conversion We Need“.

He refers to the “All-India Seminar: Church in India Today“, which generated the now-abrogated Indian Rite Mass, liturgical error and the Hinduisation of the Church, etc. He laments, “I am afraid we have not made much headway in this direction”. I would say, “Thank God.”

Apart from Scripture, he almost exclusively cites Pope Francis and the Pope’s Evangelii Gaudium to support his conclusions, some of which are heretical. We do not need to baptize or to evangelize, Jesus did not institute the Church or the Sacraments, the Magisterium and the Pope are not infallible (in dogma and morals), Catholics do not know and so misinterpret Scripture, and we need to reject pieties, dogmas and rituals.

 

—(In the Gospel of Matthew) nowhere Jesus is shown baptizing.

—The older blueprint supposition, by which Jesus had the church clearly in mind and had already planned its structure, sacraments, etc., has little or no textual support; for the very few passages to which appeal may be made. The historical Jesus did not institute an infallible church with seven sacraments led by a three-tiered hierarchy, led by ministerial priests.

—The Church and all its institutions, including the sacraments, are human creations. They originated in a particular place and time. They are not binding on all peoples of all times.”

—No persons in the Church have any authority that is given to them by God. Once they are assigned for a task in the Church, they remain what they are. They do not undergo any transubstantiation. There is no such thing as transubstantiation.

—We Christians do not need to convert others. We are the ones who need to be converted. We need to rediscover Jesus. We need Christianity without Churchianity.

—Roman Catholicism with its many dogmas, rules and regulations, rituals and pious practices, is at a great distance from the real Jesus. The more organized and cultic we become, the more fundamentalist and superstitious we are … We need a deep conversion and become a people less concerned with dogmas, rules and rituals.”

—Roman Catholics will cite the Scriptures to substantiate their traditional claims. Critical New Testament studies show that the texts cited do not come from the historical Jesus. They were attributed to him to make them authoritative.

—It is imperative to evangelize cultures in order to inculturate the Gospel… That may be true, but we are instead inculturating (Hinduising) the Church; and evangelization is non-existent.

—(The first disciples’) celebration of the Eucharist did not require a special place or the service of some particular minister.Fr. Subhash Anand is against the cultic priesthood and priestly celibacy. For him, a layman or laywoman may celebrate Mass validly and licitly (earlier reports).

—Organizing courses in Theology and Church history for laity to be conducted by persons open to the critical method.

Read: The Historical-Critical method is fraught with danger, https://www.catholicstand.com/do-you-really-believe-that/

—Fr. Anand refers to God in this way:
God as the Loving Abba\Amma“. Read chapter 62.

—The command in Mathew 28 to baptize all nations was an addition made in the 2nd century, and not something that Jesus himself said. Most liturgical texts are more metaphorical than literal.http://almayasabdam.com/press-report-catholic-forum-calls-for-vatican-iii/

 

4. Fr. Francis Sunil Rosario (V2RC I paper, How far the Laity impacted the governance within the Church and in their leadership role), theologian and director of the Calcutta Diocesan Commission for Dialogue and Ecumenism, gushed with praise for the Consultation, its Convenor and Pope Francis throughout his dry presentation: I am delighted to hear of “We too are Church” … for the good of the Laity in India … under the leadership of chhotebhai … a prophetic call. He has the fire for Christ and deep love for our Church in India. This august body is the think tank, a vibrant group of lay persons voicing some of the vital concerns of the Church. I believe this is the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Your voice should be heard and recognized more and more.

Rosario endorses the socialist Pope Francis’ tirade against world capitalism ‘a new tyranny’and his Fratelli Tutti (without naming it). He repeatedly welcomed several Vatican II Documents, Pope Francis’ vision for a “Synodal Church”, his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the highly controversial Amoris Laetitia and Laudato si’, lauds Fr. Amalorpavadass and the NBCLC, and “great” liberation theologians Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez OP and Fr. Leonardo Boff. Other “great Indian theologians” are Rev. Dr. Michael Amaladoss, and Rev. Dr. Wilfred Felix. We have seen that Amaladoss SJ’s theology came under investigation by Rome; the Vatican castigated Fr. Felix Wilfred, head of the Department of Christian Studies of Madras University: Cardinal Castrillòn, who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, also took aim at Fr. Felix Wilfred, considered a leading expert on dialogue with other religions. He criticized Fr. Wilfred for saying that other religious traditions contain divine revelation. He also criticized the theologian’s idea that Christian revelation represents only one part of divine revelation. (CNS news)
Petrus monthly, November 2002.

Fr. Rosario writes for Calcutta archdiocese’s The Herald. The Feb 15 – Feb 21, 2019 issue carried Isaac Gomes’ report on the V2RC I/ICF National Consultation alongside the Editorial.

 

5. Jose Kaviyil, ex-Jesuit seminarian, V2RC I collaborator, is the editor-in-chief of the liberal news portal Matters India. He headed the India operations of another liberal agency Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) for 25 years. He works closely with like-minded (pro-choice, pro-women’s ordination) “Catholic” media like Global Sisters, National Catholic Reporter, etc. chhotebhai’s (he is a prolific writer) articles feature regularly on Matters India. Jointly presented with Sr. Tessy Jacob SSpS (you’ll find her at Global Sisters Report) their paper The Church and the Media has this revealing story:

A priest member of the Matters India Editorial Board called its editor to convey what one of his confreres attending their provincial assembly told him in private – that Matters India has become anti-Catholic as it publishes opinion pieces from enemies of the Church. One of the enemies he named was chhotebhai. chhotebhai highly recommends Matters India. I wouldn’t call Matters India ‘anti-Catholic’. It is a dissident portal that has appropriated the term “Catholic”, and passes no moral judgement on liberals, progressives and inculturationists while promoting them.

 

6. David Lobo, V2RC I collaborator, entrepreneur, co-founder of a leading management institute. His paper Crisis Management and Leadership on the crises in the Church said:

—If it was left to the Pope to solve the problem(s) (of the Church), we would only have seen more of: Pope Leo X wrote a letter to his brother Giuliano when he became Pope: “Since God has given us the Papacy, let us enjoy it!”

—Humanae Vitae is actually a lie – and I know I shock so many of you. I am sorry to say so, but I believe so.He was referring to Paul VI’s landmark 1968 Document on the Regulation of Birth.

Read: EX-CATHEDRA STATUS OF HUMANAE VITAE – MICHAEL PRABHU

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

—How much Crisis Management exists in the Church, in planning, in pre-emption, in avoidance of Crisis and in the final analysis – in damage control. The simple answer: None. The main crisis that covers all the different small and big crisis (sic) in the church? It is Clericalism … Pope Francis is doing his bit to stamp out clericalism … We can count on him.

 

David Lobo’s brother Anthony Lobo is in full time (since over four decades) charismatic Inner Healing ministry. His late other brother Fr. Franklin Lobo CSsR, also in Inner Healing ministry, defended his use of homoeopathic remedies and collaborated with Bombay archdiocese’s women-priest feminists to vilify a diocesan priest. In his correspondence with us, David Lobo revealed his proximity to the leading Indian pro-women’s activist Virginia Saldanha, brought up their ICF/V2RC “clericalism” fixation, I find too many of us brought up as ardent Catholics, actually have let clericalism ride roughshod all over us!  I hope you see clericalism as one of the biggest scourges in the CC, and asked Are you aware that there are over 200 ordained women priests, ordained by Catholic Bishops? To our replying to him, “No Catholic bishop may ordain a woman. If one does so, he can’t still be Catholic. The women cannot be called ‘priests’,” he wrote, I too thought so. Then I was told that a bishop correctly ordained and then correctly consecrated a bishop is always a bishop. As only canon law permits a bishop to ordain, one presumes the women are ordained.

It’s highly unlikely that the charismatic ministry brothers are unaware of their businessman sibling David Lobo’s anti-Catholic sentiments and errors.

 

7. A.F. Nathan (V2RC I collaborator), President, New Life People’s Party, said:

—After the Apostles, came new preachers who later institutionalised Church and made rules and laws to perpetuate their influence. Since then, the true believers of Christ … are made to follow the dictates of Priests and Bishops … Most of the rules and Church laws are for the protection of the hierarchy and to keep alive the system of religiosity which does not lead one to spirituality.

Cannon (sic) laws of the Church were made for the protection of priests … Canon laws are meant to enslave the Laity.

—“Clericalism – Pulpit control, moral control, financial control. The laity is a mute spectator.

—Given the growing shortage of priests, and paedophilia now hitting us in India, is it time for having married clergy? Should not women also be ordained to the priesthood?

—Without the Laity there is no Church … the Laity formation in leadership and theology is nil … The word ‘Laity’ should be abolished. As baptised Christians we are all equal.

—The three Rites in India are a historical reality … Should we have just one Indian Rite?

 

8. Kirit J. Macwan, Ahmedabad High Court advocate, V2RC I collaborator, welcomed the “Vatican II-renewal of Church”. His paper Participation of Laity in the management of Church cited Canon Law and the Indian Constitution to call for structural and administrative changes in the ‘hierarchical church’.

 

9. Percival Holt, 26, of Faridabad, whom I personally interviewed and found to be a dolt, is National President, Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM), a CBCI initiative. His paper is titled “Are we losing our youth?” If his worldview and his knowledge of the Faith are anything to go by from my discussion with him, I can answer that question with “We have already lost them”.

He attended the pre-synodal meeting at Rome in March 2018 and the 15th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Vatican City, 3-28 October 2018. As per the news report in Sl. No. 10 below, he was a delegate to the October 3-28, 2018 Youth Synod in Rome, and must have been a witness to Pope Francis’ use of the witches’ stang (read chapter 105) at the opening Mass. His having personally met Pope Francis, one need not guess what he will speak openly on and what he will prefer to be silent about.

 

10. Dr. Salam Irene Singh, Imphal, Manipur, V2RC I collaborator, Status of Women in the Church in Manipur. To quote Isaac Gomes on her in his Almayasabdam press report, “On a lighter note a religious sister said that at Vatican III priests would come with their wives, at Vatican IV priests would come with their husbands, and at Vatican V they would address Her Holiness!http://almayasabdam.com/press-report-catholic-forum-calls-for-vatican-iii/.

 

11. Fr. Devraj Fernandes, Editor of Calcutta archdiocese’s The Herald. His paper was “The role of media in transforming the Church“. President, Diocesan Priests of India-Calcutta

 

12. Prof. Maria Fernandes, former chairperson, West Bengal Minorities Commission, presently a member of its Women’s Commission, Kolkata. Paper: “Our response to contemporary politics“. She inaugurated V2RC I.

 

At V2RC I, we were informed that the All India Catholic Union (AICU), which is the Indian Church’s largest lay representative body, was not invited to participate in the Consultation because of differences of opinion with them! In my opinion, even had they participated, their office bearers would not dare to (openly at least) espouse or endorse any of the radical and heretical schemes of the ICF/V2RC. So there was no possibility at all of their being invited. They are too beholden to the Church hierarchy for them to be of any use to the ICF/V2RC.

 

Following V2RC I, ICF members received a pdf file of liberation theologian and scholar of Buddhism Fr. Aloysius Pieris SJ‘s Helping Francis Renew the Church, 2019, Tulana Research Centre for Encounter and Dialogue, Sri Lanka, ISBN 978-955-8459-16-4.

The book is an adulation of Vatican II and Pope Francis, and vilifies conservative Cardinals like Robert Sarah and Gerhard Müller, as also the great Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/HELPING_FRANCIS_RENEW_THE_CHURCH.pdf

 

On February 19, 2019, I wrote this in an email exchange with Jose Kaviyil of Matters India concerning V2RC I:

Out of the around 50 people in attendance, at least 10 were sort of resource persons and a number of speakers did not attend the entire three-day session. As an observer and sort of ‘journalist’, I concluded that virtually no two resource persons were in agreement with each other on certain very critical issues. I felt that I knew much more about the Indian Church and the Catholic Faith, and was more involved in activism and exposing all kinds of injustice and error, than all of the delegates combined. Many of the attendees were ignoramuses or specialized in activism in confined areas. Moreover, with lakhs of online pages on a diverse and wide number of issues, I am probably the most prolific writer in the Indian Church (while only on the Internet since 2003).

 

chhotebhai privately informed me that he had invited the Archbishop to attend the Consultation, but the latter said he was busy with the World Health Day of the Sick celebrations, Feb. 9-11.

On February 23, 2019, I wrote to Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta (he did not respond) asking him how much he knew of what happened at the V2RC I Consultation:

Some of the delegates were informed that the organizers were refused permission to hold the event at archdiocesan and pastoral centres in the city of Kolkata but somehow managed to secure the Proggaloy venue before the hierarchy could find out and intervene. One individual even stated from the dais that when the Bishops are invited to attend or participate such laity-initiated programmes, they don’t, but send their “spies” instead. He said that it was good for them if these spies kept the Bishops informed of the goings-on.

 

In expectation of what would unfold, I attended the V2RC I three-day consultation in Kolkata, took notes, photographs with a camera, and used an IC recorder to record many of the sessions. As I have cited from the various papers presented, I will only present new information here.

Day #1:

Sr. Margaret Gonsalves RSCJ led the opening prayer with “take a deep breath and breathe out”, repeated. After a welcome from chhotebhai, Swami Sachidananda Bharathi intoned the Om mantra. He ended his paper with the same.

Speaker Maria Fernandes: When I die, I do not have to worry about cassocks coming to bury me because I am a practising Catholic.

Dr. S. John Bosco, Coimbatore, who teaches for two months in the year at the NBCLC on ‘inculturation’, said that he has done his doctoral thesis on NBCLC’s Fr. D.S. Amalorpavadass. He has lived at the Anjali Ashram in Mysore with the latter. He bought three copies of chhotebhai’s The Jerusalem Code and says it is a very good book!

chhotebhai said that Vatican documents and Canon Law are best buried six feet underground.

He admitted that his adult son and daughter are not interested in going to church.

What difference have you seen in the Church after Vatican II? You ask for women’s ordination, what do you get? Altar girls.

On marital relations, St. Paul says (1 Corinthians 7:6) that he is giving his opinion but Paul’s personal opinion has become the opinion of the Church. The Bible says (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:22) ‘Slaves obey your masters’. Will you obey that today?

When I was the AICU President, I was calling the shots. I did not even allow the bishops to dictate terms to me.

At 3 pm, someone chanted a bhajan and we were asked to respond with ‘Prabhu Parameshwar ki vandana ho’.

Fr. Philip Kattakayam, President of Swami Sachidananda Bharathi’s DCHC shared that when he was ordained, he thought that his mission was to save souls from hell! Not anymore.

The Swami commenced his afternoon paper presentation with a Sanskrit chant. He told us that he was nominated in 1984 by The New Leader as the best Catholic layperson in India.
Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil CSsR
of Ernakulam-Angamaly was his frequent visitor and first guru. I took this saffron dress from the Ramakrishna Mission.
My guru is Swami (?).

Gandhi is India’s Christ.

Mr. A.F. Nathan stated that he found only one difference in the pre- and post-Vatican II Church: the Mass is not said ad orientem.

Fr. Philip Kattakayam: We need a spiritual and moral regeneration. This cannot be achieved only by Catholics but by cooperation between the people of all religions…

Xavier Fernandes, Kolhapur, used lots of Sanskrit slokas with the word ‘Om’.

At 6 pm, we were asked to chant ‘Saranam Saranam Satguru Deva’ for a few minutes.

Fr. Joe Fernandes: Good Friday is only a memorial but we are not allowed burial on that day.

chhotebhai: Fr. Bede Griffiths used to say, ‘You don’t have to preach Christ in India. You have to discover Christ in India.’
The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (LG) does not have the term ‘Catholic’ except once, as an adjective, leave alone ‘Roman’. To say ‘Roman Catholic’ is an oxymoron because ‘Catholic’ means ‘universal’.

I am opposed to the Pope coming to India as a diplomat. He should come as our spiritual head. Will our Shankaracharya get a military welcome if he visits the US?

Romesh Niven, like Rahul Sequeira, threw a surprise to the organisers when he interjected: Object to Indianisation if you encounter it.

Sr. Margaret Gonsalves RSCJ eulogized the Swami and Vandana Mataji (remember SSS?)

In the ‘Evening Prayer’ in the chapel, Sr. Manisha Gonsalves RSCJ
led the delegates in repeated chanting of ‘Om Saccidananda Om’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’.

 

Day #2:

(I skipped the ‘Morning Meditation’ with the yoga squatting pose and the Om and bhajan chanting in the chapel.)

Fr. Subhash Anand: If we go by Tradition, all priests must be circumcised.
Jesus did not institute the ministerial priesthood. To say he did is bad logic.

Percival Holt, naively: Pope John Paul II said the issue of women priests was closed.

Sr. Margaret Gonsalves RSCJ: Why is priesthood only linked to men? (If we go by Tradition,) only fishermen should be ordained.

Sr. Anupama Toppo FC: I wouldn’t like to become a priest.

Fr. Subhash Anand: Cult is a source of power. As long as cult is controlled by men, women will be suppressed.

Anthony Fernandez: The Church should allow women to hear confession.

Sr. Manisha Gonsalves RSCJ: I do counseling. It’s like confession. I cannot forgive and give absolution. It does not make sense.

Brinda Adige: The Catholic Church is one of the longest standing patriarchies in the world.

Fr. Francis Britto is introduced as having “radical views” by chhotebhai.

Fr. Subhash Anand: Bishops and priests fear that if the Vatican II documents are widely known, they will lose their power.
I have been 35 years in the preparation of priests, he boasts. The first ten books of the Bible are mythical, metaphorical, not metaphysical.
Citing 1 Corinthians 1:17, he asserted, Baptism is not part of the (Christian’s) mandate… In the Commissioning of the Disciples, Matthew 28:16-20, there is no mention of rituals.
Jesus did not know that he was divine.
I call God both Abba and Amma.
Earlier I used to wear a mala with a cross, but Christians are called to be secular.” “How can bishops say that extra-marital sex is wrong?
Jesus did not institute an infallible Church with 7 sacraments, led by a three-tiered hierarchy and led in worship by ministerial priests. The Church and all its institutions were humanly created. He maintained that the doctrine of transubstantiation is a later invention.

I take it that chhotebhai, the Swami and the other ICF bigwigs subscribe to Fr. Subhash Anand’s heretical rantings because no one from the Core Committee raised any objection to them.

Swamiji: My guru Fr. Bede Griffiths wrote the book Marriage of East and West. The marriage of East and West is the meeting of the Masculine and Rational of the East with the Feminine and Intuitive of the East (read chapter 35) … He wants the term ‘laity’ to be substituted with ‘people of God’. However, he does not agree with the V2RC demand for women priests.

 

Day #3:

(I once again skipped the ‘Morning Meditation’ in the chapel.)

Sunday Mass at 7 am. Fr. Joe Fernandes MSFS, Fr. Francis Britto and Fr. Subhash Anand concelebrated. Some of the liturgical aberrations: Fr. Britto’s homily was a dialogue with the faithful. Pointing heavenwards, he intoned SHE who began a good work in you… Participants were invited to lift their arms in the Orans position for the Lord’s Prayer, and ‘Holy Communion’ was distributed through self-intinction (we are all priests in their scheme of things). I refrained from receiving ‘Communion’ unsure if the ‘Mass’ was valid and licit.

David Lobo: He accused the laity of ‘sponsoring clericalism’, an example of which is our calling priests ‘Father’.

Fr. Subhash Anand: Every Christian is a priest. There is no need for anyone to call a priest to bless their home. It fosters clericalism.

Rahul Sequeira: People do not have the courage to fight clericalism.

Me: “I did. I refused to participate in the intinction and Communion at this morning’s Mass.”

Fr. Subhash Anand criticized Satyadeepam’s recent article defending the ministerial priesthood.

 

Nowhere in any of the V2RC I writings or speeches, did I encounter three very Catholic terms: Sin, Repentance, and Evangelisation. Their Jesus, like them, is a saffron-clad yogi. The religion they preach and strive for is a syncretism of New Age, Hinduism and Christianity.

Even the simplest reader must surely be able to understand the reason that all of the above information finds its place in a book on the New Age. The ICF/V2RC has many of the elements of New Age spirituality: the rejection of organized religion in favour of a nebulous spirituality, the quest for peace bereft of the Jesus Christ of the Gospels and the Magisterium of His Church, the Catholic Ashrams movement, the Masculine-Rational vs. Feminine-Intuitive, eco-feminism, the use of inclusive language, etc. Read:

—WomanChurch: Satanism, Witchcraft and Church Feminists by Robert Eady, http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=611&CFID=32583699&CFTOKEN=84458373

 

For further reading (What has the fallout of Vatican Council II been on the Church?):

—INDIAN PEOPLE’S SYNOD PLANNED BY THE INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF) ON THE LINES OF THE AMAZON SYNOD – MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/INDIAN_PEOPLES_SYNOD_PLANNED_BY_THE_INDIAN_CATHOLIC_FORUM_ON_THE_LINES_OF_THE_AMAZON_SYNOD.doc

—The Spirit of Vatican II and the Spirit of the Amazon Synod is the same

http://vkpatriarhat.org/en/?p=16728

—Bishop Schneider: Pachamama idolatry during Amazon Synod has its roots in Vatican II Council

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bishop-schneider-pachamama-idolatry-during-amazon-synod-has-its-roots-in-vatican-ii-council

—Bishop Athanasius Schneider: “There are ambiguities in Vatican Council II

http://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/bishop-schneider-says-%E2%80%9Cthere-are-ambiguities-vatican-ii

—Can Documents of the Magisterium of the Church contain errors? Can the faithful resist them?

https://s3.amazonaws.com/all-pdfs/Books/CDMCCE.pdf

—Vatican II about Face!
Fr. Luigi Villa

http://chiesaviva.com/vaticano%20II%20dietro%20front%20ing.pdf,

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VATICAN_II_ABOUT_FACE-FR_LUIGI_VILLA.doc

—FR. LUIGI VILLA-A TWENTIETH CENTURY PROPHET – MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/FR_LUIGI_VILLA-A_TWENTIETH_CENTURY_PROPHET.doc

—WHO IS FR. LUIGI VILLA?-DR. FRANCO ADESSA
– MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/WHO_IS_FR_LUIGI_VILLA-DR_FRANCO_ADESSA.doc

—An analysis of the Counterfeit Spirit of Vatican II. Vatican III?
Fr. Finbarr Flanagan OFM

http://sine-glossa.blogspot.in/search/label/Vatican%20III

—The Great Moral Flaw in Vatican II

https://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/P022_Flaw_1.htm

https://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/P023_Flaw_2.htm

https://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/P024_Flaw_3.htm

—Who broke the Church? Dr.
Ralph Martin (on Vatican II)

https://www.patrickcoffin.media/who-broke-the-church/

—Why Catholics started leaving the Church
in droves
after Vatican II,
Dr. Joseph Shaw

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/why-catholics-started-leaving-the-church-in-droves-after-vatican-ii

—Profound Crisis in the Liturgy since Vatican II, says Cardinal Sarah

https://churchpop.com/2017/04/04/theres-been-a-profound-crisis-in-the-liturgy-since-vatican-ii-says-cardinal-sarah/,

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/PROFOUND_LITURGICAL_CRISIS_IN_THE_CHURCH_SINCE_VATICAN_II-CARDINAL_SARAH.doc

—Criticizing Vatican Council II – Is it heresy?

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CRITICIZING_VATICAN_COUNCIL_II-IS_IT_HERESY.doc

—Criticism of Vatican Council II’s Dignitatis Humanae

https://onepeterfive.com/vatican-ii-conscience-dignity/,

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/CRITICISM_OF_VATICAN_COUNCIL_II_DIGNITATIS_HUMANAE.doc

https://onepeterfive.com/vatican-ii-conscience-dignity/

—Clarifications yet to be made on some
controversial Vatican II Documents. Lumen Gentium

http://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/lumen-gentium-clarification-has-yet-be-made-29724,

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VATICAN_COUNCIL_II-LUMEN_GENTIUM-CLARIFICATIONS_YET_TO_BE_MADE.doc

—Was The Vatican II Revolution Real, Or Just a Misinterpretation?

https://onepeterfive.com/was-the-vatican-ii-revolution-real-or-a-misinterpretation

—Vatican II Texts were misinterpreted, says Pope Benedict XVI

https://zenit.org/2005/12/22/vatican-ii-texts-were-misinterpreted-says-pope/

(Next three files researched and authored by MICHAEL PRABHU):

—The wilful misinterpretation of Church documents by Indian inculturationist theologians (Nostra Aetate #2; Lumen Gentium #16; Evangelii Nuntiandi #53, 80)

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

—THE FRANCIS EFFECT & WHO AM I TO JUDGE-THE SPIRIT OF VATICAN COUNCIL II

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_FRANCIS_EFFECT_&_WHO_AM_I_TO_JUDGE-THE_SPIRIT_OF_VATICAN_COUNCIL_II.doc

—THE “SPIRIT OF ASSISI”. VATICAN COUNCIL II RESPONSIBLE

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

—The “Spirit of Assisi” vs. St. Francis of Assisi

https://catholicfamilynews.com/blog/2019/10/07/the-spirit-of-assisi-vs-saint-francis-of-assisi/

 

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Chapter 26

Green Religion. Earth-centred Retreats/Meditations, Eco-spirituality/Green Spirituality/Creation Spirituality, Eco-feminism, and Deep or Depth Ecology: The worship of Mother Earth or Gaia

This chapter may be read in conjunction with chapter 62

 

Retreat houses in archdioceses in India, as in the West, have begun offering earth-centered meditations, workshops and retreats to Catholics. Some of the sessions conducted at these “retreats” where creation is exalted include “tuning the body exercises”, yoga asanas and meditation. No brief study on this subject can do full justice to it.

 

Origins and development

Trends such as nature-centeredness and woman-centeredness or feminism (read chapter 62) are of neo-pagan origin and part of the New Age… ‘Holistic spirituality’, ‘gender-free’ inclusive language (read chapter 62) in the liturgy and ‘eco-spirituality’ are very much in the agenda of feminism and with their own definition and interpretation.

(Feminism and Faith, Dr. Fr. Jose Aymanathil SDB, Catechetics India, May-July 2007)

 

Catholic writer on New Age themes Susan Brinkmann says that the New Age movement has repackaged primitive earth worship into a thriving new “green religion”, and an “exaggerated environmentalism” has invaded the Church.

These eco-spirituality programmes are one of the fruits of a radical feminist theology and are influenced by a pagan Jungian psychology (read chapter 36). JCBWL lists Carl Jung as the second most powerful influencer of New Age thought.

 

There are several movements in the New Age “tent” – one of which is neopaganism, and it is from here that the link to environmentalism enters the picture. The belief that deities embody the forces of nature is as old as history itself.

However, these beliefs are making a comeback in today’s neopaganism where it has become known as eco-spirituality.

Eco-spirituality is practiced by both New Age and Neo-pagan groups as well as environmentalists and a variety of “green religions” around the globe. The basic theory behind eco-spirituality is that the divine is present in all creation – which is known as panentheism – and that we are to expand our love of ‘neighbor’ to include the entire cosmos and all creatures, plants, trees, etc. The New Age version of eco-spirituality fosters a religious worship of nature known as pantheism, which is based on the belief that the cosmos is animated by one spirit or is guided by a universal consciousness of which man is merely one more participant. This vision of the relationship between man and the planet is often referred to as “depth ecology.” It denies the basic difference between human and non-human existence. It speaks of a bio-centric equality, whereby a mountain, a flower or a turtle would have the same rights to its own fulfillment as would a human being.

 

“It fosters a religious worship of nature or of mother earth as if it were a divine reality,” writes Archbishop Norberto Carrera in A Call to Vigilance: A Pastoral Instruction on the New Age
(link). “It ends up labeling man as an intruder and considers him a curse for the cosmos. At the heart of the radical ‘green’ movement, it pressures governments for legislation that would cut back human population and limit technological development in order to heal the planet.”

 

Another thread that winds through the study of eco-spirituality is a theory held by many environmental enthusiasts of all persuasions. It is called the Gaia Hypothesis, a theory first articulated by a British atmospheric chemist named James Lovelock. This theory contends that the Earth is a self-regulating, self-sustaining entity which continually adjusts its environment to support life… Although the Gaia hypothesis may seem wacky to many, its adherents have managed to project their theories onto the world stage in frightening ways.

According to Samantha Smith in The Pagan Roots of Environmentalism
(link), “Gaia worship is at the very heart of today’s environmental policy. The Endangered Species Act, the United Nation’s Biodiversity Treaty and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development are all offspring of the Gaia hypothesis of saving ‘Mother Earth‘.”

 

The infamous Matthew Fox, an excommunicated Dominican priest, is pushing his own version of eco-spirituality called Creation Spirituality. As Archbishop Carrera writes, “It loses the notion of a personal God, really distinct and superior to the created world, in favor of an impersonal divine force that is everything and is in everything,” Archbishop Carrera writes. “This return to naturalistic pantheism, which was definitively overcome by the event of Christian revelation, finds support in many new religious movements coming from the east and in a return to pagan religions”.

(The Link between Environmentalism and New Age,
S
usan Brinkmann,
https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=58968)

 

The notion of the universe being a single dynamic whole into which humankind is imbedded is a pagan concept wholly embraced by today’s New Age and/or neopagan ‘eco-theologians’ and their corresponding green religions. The New Age version fosters a religious worship of nature known as pantheism, which is based on the belief that the cosmos is animated by one spirit or is guided by a universal consciousness of which man is merely one more participant. This vision of the relationship between man and the planet is often referred to as ‘depth ecology‘.

(Ayurvedic Medicine, Susan Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=132)

 

Vatican Radio accused the film Avatar (read chapter 80) of “being a wink towards the pseudo-doctrines which have made ecology the religion of the millennium”. The film is also receiving criticism from Christian leaders such as Dr. Alex McFarland, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary who says the move’s pantheistic worldview makes it “new-age friendly.” “Avatar’s storyline presents us with a world of pantheistic monism,” he said.

(Vatican News sources pan “Avatar”, Susan Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=3729)

 

Undermining Catholic morality: Subsets of Jungian spirituality include eco-spirituality, eco-feminism, Earth (or Gaia) worship. Jungians look to the trees, the cycles of the moon, planets, seasons, and animals to inform their ‘body-prayer’, ‘psycho-drama’, and ‘mime’.

(Jungian Psychology as Catholic Theology: What is Carl Gustav Jung doing in the Church? St. Catherine Review, May-June 1997 issue, http://www.aquinas-multimedia.com/catherine/jungcult.html)

 

The Jungian understanding of creation is principally pantheistic. All creation is part of God, it comes from ‘God stuff.’ This helps explain why trees, cycles of the moon and planets, seasons, animals, and insects are on the same plane of life as ‘humankind.’ Body-prayer, psycho-drama, mime, and the Jungian approach to liturgy follow from this understanding. Eco-feminism, eco-spirituality, and Gaia worship are also significant subsets of Jungian spirituality.

(Jungians believe traditional Catholics impede “renewal”, Paul Likoudis, http://www.ewtn.com/library/NEWAGE/JUNGBELI.TXT)

 

New Age

The 2003 JCBWL Document on the New Age truly has plenty to say on this issue, and only a part of it is furnished here.

 

What has been successful is the generalisation of ecology as a fascination with nature and resacralisation of the earth, Mother Earth or Gaia, with the missionary zeal characteristic of Green politics. The Earth’s executive agent is the human race as a whole, and the harmony and understanding required for responsible governance is increasingly understood to be a global government, with a global ethical framework. The warmth of Mother Earth, whose divinity pervades the whole of creation, is held to bridge the gap between creation and the transcendent Father-God of Judaism and Christianity, and removes the prospect of being judged by such a Being. In such a vision of a closed universe that contains ‘God’ and other spiritual beings along with ourselves, we recognize here an implicit pantheism. This is a fundamental point which pervades all New Age thought and practice, and conditions in advance any otherwise positive assessment where we might be in favor of one or another aspect of its spirituality. As Christians, we believe on the contrary that ‘man is essentially a creature and remains so for all eternity, so that an absorption of the human I in the divine I will never be possible’. (JCBWL #2.3.1)


New Age has a marked preference for Eastern or pre-Christian religions, which are reckoned to be uncontaminated by Judaeo-Christian distortions. Hence great respect is given to ancient agricultural rites and to fertility cults. ‘Gaia’, Mother Earth, is offered as an alternative to God the Father, whose image is seen to be linked to a patriarchal conception of male domination of women. There is talk of God, but it is not a personal God; the God of which New Age speaks is neither personal nor transcendent.
(JCBWL #2.3.4.2)

 

James Lovelock’s book on the Gaia Hypothesis claims that ‘the entire range of living matter on earth, from whales to viruses, and from oaks to algae, could be regarded as constituting a single living entity, capable of manipulating the Earth’s atmosphere to suit its overall needs and endowed with faculties and powers far beyond those of its constituent parts’. To some, the Gaia hypothesis is ‘a strange synthesis of individualism and collectivism. It all happens as if New Age, having plucked people out of fragmentary politics, cannot wait to throw them into the great cauldron of the global mind’.

The global brain needs institutions with which to rule, in other words, a world government. “To deal with today’s problems New Age dreams of a spiritual aristocracy in the style of Plato’s Republic, run by secret societies…” This may be an exaggerated way of stating the case, but there is much evidence that gnostic élitism and global governance coincide on many issues in international politics.
(JCBWL #2.3.4.3)

 

New Age shares with a number of internationally influential groups the goal of superseding or transcending particular religions in order to create space for a universal religion which could unite humanity. Closely related to this is a very concerted effort on the part of many institutions to invent a Global Ethic, an ethical framework which would reflect the global nature of contemporary culture, economics and politics. Further, the politicisation of ecological questions certainly colours the whole question of the Gaia hypothesis or worship of mother earth. (JCBWL #2.5)

 

Christian groups which promote care for the earth as God’s creation also need to be given due recognition. The question of respect for creation is one which could also be approached creatively in Catholic schools. A great deal of what is proposed by the more radical elements of the ecological movement is difficult to reconcile with Catholic faith. Care for the environment in general terms is a timely sign of a fresh concern for what God has given us, perhaps a necessary mark of Christian stewardship of creation, but ‘deep ecology’ is often based on pantheistic and occasionally gnostic principles.
(JCBWL #6.2)

 

Some brief formulations of New Age ideas. 

David Spangler is quoted in Actualité des religions nº 8, Septembre 1999, p. 43, on the principal characteristics of the New Age vision, which is: 

—holistic (globalising, because there is one single reality-energy); 

—ecological (earth-Gaia is our mother; each of us is a neurone of earth’s central nervous system). (JCBWL #7.1)

 

Holism: a key concept in the ‘new paradigm’, claiming to provide a theoretical frame integrating the entire worldview of modern man. In contrast with an experience of increasing fragmentation in science and everyday life, ‘wholeness’ is put forward as a central methodological and ontological concept. Humanity fits into the universe as part of a single living organism, a harmonious network of dynamic relationships. The classic distinction between subject and object, for which Descartes and Newton are typically blamed, is challenged by various scientists who offer a bridge between science and religion. Humanity is part of a universal network (eco-system, family) of nature and world, and must seek harmony with every element of this quasi-transcendent authority. When one understands one’s place in nature, in the cosmos which is also divine, one also understands that ‘wholeness’ and ‘holiness’ are one and the same thing. The clearest articulation of the concept of holism is in the ‘Gaia’ hypothesis. (JCBWL #7.2)

 

Planetary Consciousness: this world-view developed in the 1980s to foster loyalty to the community of humanity rather than to nations, tribes or other established social groups. It can be seen as the heir to movements in the early 20th century that promoted a world government. The consciousness of the unity of humanity sits well with the Gaia hypothesis. (JCBWL #7.2)

 

While many of these environmental groups are involved in questionable programs, such as those aimed at cutting ‘carbon footprints’ through population control measures, there is nothing wrong with participating in moral ‘green initiatives’.

In fact, Pope Benedict XVI has been very vocal on the need to care for the environment. During an address for World Peace Day in 2006, he said: ‘The destruction of the environment, its improper or selfish use, and the violent hoarding of the Earth’s resources cause grievances, conflicts and wars, precisely because they are the consequences of an inhumane concept of development’.

Two years ago, the Vatican listed pollution as one of seven ‘social’ sins. Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said: ‘You offend God not only by stealing, taking the Lord’s name in vain or coveting your neighbor’s wife but also by wrecking the environment.’

Embracing the cause of a greener planet is a good thing, so long as organizations involved in these areas respect the right to life and the divinity of our Creator – which many of them don’t.

Watch out for ‘red flags’ such as references to Gaia or the Gaia hypothesis, creation spirituality, Mother Earth, the ‘Cosmic Christ’. Avoid the writings of former Catholic priest, Matthew Fox, as well as Fr. Thomas Berry, both of whom subscribe to a New Age concept of environmentalism.

(Is Earth Hour New Age?
Susan Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=71)

 

Matthew Fox is an excommunicated Dominican priest, New Ager and promoter of Creation-Centred Spirituality. The errors of his book The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, are noted in the JCBWL Document, #3.3.

Father Thomas Berry was a leading spokesman for the Gaia earth religion who once wrote that we should ‘rethink our ideas about God” and “place less emphasis on Christ as a person and redeemer’.

(“The New Cosmology” and Environmental Extremism, Susan Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=1068)

 

The worship of a pagan goddess known as Gaia is
neopaganism…
Gaia is ‘the Great Mother who gives birth to all life. She was known as the limitless power and source of fertility in the Universe. We know Her as Mother Earth. She provides us with everything: food, shelter, clothing, the beauty of Nature and the unceasing cycles of life. Gaia’s love for Her children is unconditional.’ Those who follow an ‘earth-based spiritual path that includes the Divine Feminine’ come together in a ‘sacred space’ to learn about the Goddess and take time for ‘introspection and prayer’.

Goddess worship is a manifestation of one of the most fundamental components of New Age ideology, which is to celebrate the feminine while moving away from a male dominated society. Also known as goddess spirituality, the sacred feminine, or the feminine divine, it has particular appeal to women who feel marginalized by male dominated churches. Gaia, also known as Mother Earth, is a form of goddess worship that appeals to those with a strong interest in ecology and nature. 

 

According to the American Policy Center, ‘Gaia worship is at the very heart of today’s environmental policy. The Endangered Species Act, the United Nation’s Biodiversity Treaty and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development are all offspring of the Gaia hypothesis of saving ”Mother Earth‘.’

The Vatican confirms this terrifying reality in the Pontifical document, Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life.

(Worshipping at the Temple of Gaia,
S
usan
Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=90)

 

Missa Gaia… is a so-called ‘Earth Mass’, a musical performance that has been referred to in some Catholic publications as a ‘contemporary liturgy’ that ‘celebrates the whole earth as a sacred space by integrating recorded sounds such as the calls of wolves, whales, eagles and seals.’ (The Tidings – Southern California’s Catholic weekly) 
One reporter, writing for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, described what he saw when he attended a performance at St. John’s (Episcopal) Cathedral in downtown Spokane. ‘The Kyrie eleison was launched by the recorded call of an Alaskan tundra wolf. Humpback whales introduced the Sanctus and Benedictus. And the Agnus Dei? How about harp seals. This was a communion not with wafers and wine, but with nature.’

This is all presented very innocently to churches, often as a way of celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi in October.
That Missa Gaia is named after a Greek goddess and is based on New Age eco-spirituality should certainly raise a few flags at the pastoral level. And the fact that it is so popular among ‘progressive’ New Agers in the Catholic Church is another proof that the reason it appeals to New Agers is because it IS New Age.

(Sunship Earth and New Age Environmental Programs for Children,
Susan B
rinkmann,

https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=168
)

 

An even more obvious sign of the New Age in an environment program is any teaching that encourages students to connect with the earth’s “life force” – a nonexistent energy known by various names such as chi, ki, qi, prana, vital force, universal energy, etc.

Many New Age environmentalists like to incorporate aspects of ancient nature religions and shamanism into their eco-belief system. These beliefs encourage the use of magic to contact various nature spirits.
The most common of these spirits is a ‘horned god’ known as Pan who is usually paired with the goddess Artemis. Another red flag will be any mention of Gaia, a so-called earth goddess. References to the ‘four elements’ – earth, air, water, and fire – are also common in neopagan earth worship…

All of the above-mentioned examples of New Age eco-spirituality represent a belief system that is not compatible with Christianity because it posits a kind of planetary spirituality that desires to ‘ensoul’ the entire cosmos and to bestow on creation some kind of magical power…

 

But this doesn’t mean Christians can do whatever they want to the environment. The seventh commandment, ‘Thou shall not steal,’ compels us to respect the integrity of creation.

‘Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present and future humanity. Use of the mineral, vegetable and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives.’ (Catechism #2415)

Pope Benedict XVI, frequently referred to as the “green Pope” because of his great love for the environment, explained these moral imperatives earlier this year when addressing the Vatican diplomatic corps. He said protection of the environment must be connected to the protection of human life, not associated with the various anti-human ideologies so prevalent in today’s environmental movement. ‘If we wish to build true peace, how can we separate, or even set at odds, the protection of the environment and the protection of human life, including the life of the unborn?’ he asked. The Holy Father is also calling for a ‘great program of education’ that would promote a change of thinking and ‘new lifestyles’. But these programs should not be about worshiping false gods, attributing magical or otherwise unnatural powers to lower life forms, or cutting back on the number of humans to save resources. They must be about ensuring that ‘selfishness does not lead some to hoard the goods which are intended for all,’ he said, and about reforming unjust political systems and making self-centered and materialistic ways of thinking a thing of the past. The bottom line, according to Pope Benedict XVI, is that our environmental problems are essentially moral problems.  

To prove his point, he once used the atheistic regimes of the former Soviet bloc on eastern Europe as an example of how godlessness destroys both man and environment. ‘Was it not easy to see the great harm which an economic system lacking any reference to the truth about man had done not only to the dignity and freedom of individuals and peoples, but to nature itself, by polluting soil, water and air?’ he asked. ‘The denial of God distorts the freedom of the human person, yet it also devastates creation’.

(Missa Gaia,
S
usan
Brinkmann, https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=149)

 

The prevailing ‘green agenda‘ – and its accompanying socialism and eco-spirituality – is far more threatening to our way of life than most people realize…

Agenda 21 is a 40-chapter document that lays out a global plan to change the way we eat, live, learn and communicate because we need to “save the earth”. It was created by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development, as a sustainability agenda which some experts say is “an amalgamation of socialism and extreme environmentalism brushed with anti-American, anti-capitalist overtones.”

 

The Earth Charter was written by the same crowd that brought us Agenda 21 and is another example of environmental extremism on steroids, but this one has a much more overt spiritual agenda. It seeks to achieve these laudable goals by establishing “sustainable ways of living” that will eradicate poverty and see to equitable economic development (read “redistribution of wealth”), protect the environment, and bring about respect for human rights, democracy and peace.

Couched in the usual “who could find anything wrong with this” banalities, what is hidden behind the rhetoric are supporters who believe religions are the main obstacle to peaceful coexistence and sustainable living.

 

However, they don’t want to do away with these religions; they want to create a new one. This was revealed during a 2002 United Nations meeting at which religious and spiritual leaders were called upon to move “from an exclusive preoccupation with Divine-human relations and human-human relations to renew human–Earth relations.” 

“In other words, Earth worship should replace any belief in a divine being,” explains Contender Ministries’ Jennifer Rast.

“They envision for the religions of the world ‘a major transformation from their theological and anthropological phase to their ecological and cosmological phase.’ Following one of the major themes of the New Age Movement, humanity is spiritually evolving from being worshipers of God to being gods ourselves.”

 

The same players who are involved in Agenda 21 and The Earth Charter are active in Green Cross International.

We all need to be aware of the fact that the environmental movement, while it embraces many good causes that we as Christians must embrace, such as concern and care for the earth, it is infused with a godless ideology that it seeks to impose on the masses. What makes it so dangerous is that the movers and shakers in this movement are very powerful and influential people.

I highly recommend the book False Dawn by Lee Penn as a great place to start in familiarizing yourself with the quest for One World Government and One World Religion, and how integral a role the New Age plays in this global power grab.

(Agenda 21, The Earth Charter (Gaia Hypothesis), Green Cross International, Susan Brinkmann,
https://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=194
)

The Socialist, Michael Gorbachev, ex-Soviet leader, founded the Green Cross International, ostensibly to save the environment. Phyllis Schlafly says of the Gorbachev Green Cross, that it “is an atheist’s attempt to confuse Christian beliefs with a new ‘green’ religion”. (Eagle Forum, Report 4/12/2008). How ironic also that Earth Day is Lenin’s birthday!

(Karl Marx Satanist, Fr. Finbarr Flanagan OFM, http://sine-glossa.blogspot.in/search/label/Karl%20Marx%20Satanist)

 

Contemporary radical ecology has divinized nature and relegated human beings to a secondary role, participants at a symposium on original sin were told. ‘The sin in contemporary radical environmentalism consists in divinizing nature, in suffocating the importance of the human being as custodian of creation, and in forgetting God as author of man’s natural surroundings,” said Joan Andreu Rocha Scarpetta, professor of theology of religions at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. The institution sponsored the symposium. Rocha’s address, entitled ‘Radical Ecology and Original Sin,’ was one of the addresses delivered at the March 3-4 symposium, whose theme was ‘Original Sin: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.’ Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, opened the event.
‘Contemporary radical environmentalism has forgotten divine transcendence; it has placed man on the same level or below nature’ and, in forgetting the created character of nature, ‘has given it a magical, almost divine value,’ said Rocha…
Rocha added: ‘When God’s creative action is forgotten, man is placed at the same level as the rest of creation, or a transcendent or magical character is attributed to created nature’.

(Divinization of Nature as Ecological Sin, Rome, 9 March 2005,
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/divinization-of-nature-as-ecological-sin
)

 

Despite the above 2005 declaration, the 2019 Amazon Synod focused on ecological sins and the need for ecological conversion (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2019-10/amazon-synod-press-conference-ecological-conversion.html, https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2019-10/amazon-synod-briefing-day-5-ecological-sins.html)!

Pope Francis indicated that he wished to include ecological sins in the catechism (https://dwightlongenecker.com/ecological-sin-whatzat/)!!

 

Addressing a Lenten retreat for the Pope and top Vatican officials, Italian Cardinal Giacomi Biffi has cited a Russian philosopher’s ‘prophetic’ warning that ‘the Antichrist presents himself as a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist‘.
“Cardinal Biffi, who has been leading this week’s retreat for the Pope, cited the warning … about the modern guises of the Antichrist, according to a Catholic News Service report. The retired Cardinal says Christians tempted to set aside their belief in Christ as the only saviour in order to promote dialogue with others are being tempted by the Antichrist.

(Antichrist tempts Christians to place dialogue above Jesus, Cardinal says at Vatican retreat, Catholic News Service, http://cathnews.com/cathnews/12563-antichrist-is-pacifist-ecologist-cardinal-tells-pope)

 

A Vatican official warned against idolizing the environment and losing sight of the dignity of the human person, in the wake of a conference on climate change and development. Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said this Friday, at the end of the dicastery’s two-day conference… ‘Nature is for the human person and the human person is for God,’ Cardinal Martino said. ‘In considering the problems associated with climate change, one must look to the social doctrine of the Church,’ which ‘neither supports the absolutization of nature, nor the reduction of nature to a mere instrument.’ ‘The person has an indisputable superiority over creation and, in virtue of his personhood and being gifted with an immortal soul, cannot be placed on an equal plane with other living beings, nor can he be considered a disturbing element in the natural ecological equilibrium,’ the 74-year-old cardinal said. He continued: ‘The person does not have an absolute right over nature but rather a mandate to conserve and develop it in light of the universal destination of the earth’s goods which is one of the fundamental principles of the social doctrine of the Church.’

 

The president of the Vatican dicastery noted the problems associated with climate change, and said that ‘the social doctrine of the Church must deal with the many modern forms of idolatry of nature that lose sight of the person.’ ‘Similar views of ecology emerge in the debate on demographic problems and on the relationship between peoples, environment and development,’ he added…

The cardinal recalled that ‘according to the concept of human ecology developed by Pope John Paul II, ecology is not only a natural emergency, but an anthropological emergency, in which what is valued is man’s relationship with himself and above all his relationship with God.’ ‘An anthropological error is therefore a theological error,’ underlined Cardinal Martino. ‘When the person wants to take God’s place, he loses sight of himself and his responsibility to govern nature’.

(Official Warns against Idolizing Nature, http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/official-warns-against-idolizing-nature)

 

Note: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Greenpeace, and the Green Party are New Age-oriented organisations.

Describing animal rights campaigner group PETA as ‘occult’, Bombala priest Fr. Mick McAndrew has given his blessing to the act of sheep mulesing. The Bombala Times reports Fr McAndrew is on a one man ‘mission’ to protect his flock from the pro-vegetarian, anti-mulesing group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The preacher has blessed the act of removing skin around a sheep’s tail to guard against flesh eating parasites.

(Priest attacks “occult” PETA,
http://cathnews.com/cathnews/11144-priest-attacks-quotoccult-quot-peta
)

 

In general there are three basic principles that guide the neopagan. First, there is an intense focus on and reverence towards the natural world
(Pagan Federation; Robinson). The so-called
green-movement
or
deep ecology
is an integral part of the ecological orientation of neopaganism (Albanese 19). Nature is venerated and in many cases seen as god-like itself, leading to tendencies towards pantheism. Neopagans tend to blame current ecological problems o
n the Judeo-Christian worldview. They believe that:

…the problems of the modern world, particularly the ecological crisis, are… a direct result of the loss of pagan wisdom about man’s relationship to the natural world, and a recovery of this wisdom is regarded not only as desirable but as urgently needed. (Hanegraaff, New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism 77)

 

Often times this attitude is expressed through participation in ecological movements that seek to protect natural resources, endangered species, and as of yet untouched pristine areas of wilderness. Involvement in radical environmental groups such as Earth First, the Animal Liberation Front and Greenpeace are not uncommon but not all neopagans are radical environmentalists and not all environmentalists are neopagans. Many would agree that environmentalism is a good thing. However, participation and ecological conservation are not necessarily done by neopagans because they are good per se but because nature itself is composed of divine beings in their own right who are threatened by humanity’s destruction of the earth. Often, neopagans will refer to the entire planet as one living, divine organism known as Gaia. While not known to be originally expressed by neopagans, a number of scientists have formulated the hypothesis that the earth itself is one giant living organism in which the different aspects of the natural world, from viruses to whales, are its constituent parts, in many ways like the different components of a cell. Known as the Gaia Hypothesis, it is believed that the ecosystem dynamically acts and reacts to changes much in the same way that plants and animals adapt to changes in their own environment. It is believed, though, that humanity’s impact of the environment is outpacing the adaptability of Gaia which is causing major damage to the ecosystem worldwide. It is argued that if humanity does not recognize its place within the system, as just one constituent part, then the prospects for the earth’s survival is grim (Scharper 207ff).

(A Pastoral Approach to the New Age… Robert D. Fath, Jr. 2006, http://www.sacredheartak.org/NewAgeSpirituality.pdf)

 

A row has erupted after Cardinal George Pell of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia criticized the Green Party, which supports abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex ‘marriage’, as sweet camouflaged poison that represents an anti-Christian point of view…

The prelate also pointed out that Green leader Robert Brown helped author a book in which it was claimed that ‘humans are simply another smarter animal, so that humans and animals are on the same or similar levels depending on their level of consciousness.’ The book was coauthored by Princeton University philosopher Peter Singer, a notorious supporter of infanticide and euthanasia. ‘This Green ethic is designed to replace Judaeo-Christianity,’ Pell warned.

(Cardinal Pell Says Green Party Like Watermelons: Green Outside, Red Inside, http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive//ldn/2010/aug/10081106)

 

Now I want to say a brief word about retreats. In previous presentations about the New Age I have drawn attention to retreat programmes which are not based on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Sadly, things are no better today than they were in the 1990’s. In the programme of the Retreat Association for 2002 of the 217 centres listed 65 are shown as Roman Catholic or Roman Catholic/Ecumenical. Looking at the Catholic centres, still in evidence are such topics as: The Enneagram; Eco-Spirituality; Tai Chi; Yoga; Buddhist Meditation; Green Spirituality; Massage; Reiki; and Circle Dancing. All of these activities incorporate New Age beliefs and practices – some of which are more spiritually dangerous than others. If such activities are advertised in your parish newsletter the attention of the parish priest should be drawn to the dangers they represent.

(Spiritual Anarchy – The New Age Threat,
Michael Akerman, http://catholicassociates.com/leaflets/Spiritual%20Anarchy_Rev1.pdf
)

 

Pope Francis’ Amazon Synod promoted this eco-feminist New Age spirituality and the Mother Earth cult.

For further reading (these links are not exhaustive; they are representative of many more):

—The Amazon Synod and the Vatican’s radical environmentalism

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/articles/revolution-in-the-church/the-amazon-synod-and-the-vaticans-radical-environmentalism/

—What is the proper Catholic attitude toward the environment?

https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/11/29/what-is-the-proper-catholic-attitude-toward-the-environment

—Radical environmentalism, Former New Ager Bill Muehlenberg

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/RADICAL_ENVIRONMENTALISM-BILL_MUEHLENBERG.doc

—Amazon Synod drama features … ‘ecological sins’

https://cruxnow.com/amazon-synod/2019/10/09/synod-drama-features-married-priests-women-deacons-and-ecological-sins/

—Is environmental sin (ecological sin) possible?

https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/jeremy-bell-is-environmental-sin-possible/

—Our Pantheistic Sisters, Anne Barbeau Gardiner, New Oxford Review

https://hancaquam.blogspot.com/2008_10_26_archive.html

—How the Amazon Synod promotes the Worship of “Mother Earth

https://thewandererpress.com/catholic/news/featured-today/how-the-amazon-synod-promotes-the-worship-of-mother-earth/

—Amazon Synod report: Mother Earth

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/amazon-synod-report-mother-earth

—Amazon Synod enthrones Mother Earth

https://traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A854-Syn.htm

—Pope Francis publishes book on “Our Mother Earth

https://novusordowatch.org/2019/10/francis-book-our-mother-earth/

—Pope Francis‘s green friends

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/articles/revolution-in-the-church/pope-franciss-green-friends/

—Amazon Conference to Aid ‘Mother Earth’. Marxist cardinal heads new ecclesial body

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/new-amazon-conference-to-aid-mother-earth

—The earth is not my mother… here’s why, Fr. Dwight Longenecker

https://dwightlongenecker.com/the-earth-is-not-my-mother-heres-why/

—Something’s fishy with this poop (Pope Francis) video

http://restore-dc-catholicism.blogspot.com/2019/08/somethings-fishy-with-this-poop-video.html

—Vatican Mints Mother Earth Coin

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/vatican-mints-mother-earth-coin

—FR. PAUL VAZ SJ’S ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOPS AND EARTH-CENTRED RETREATS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/FR_PAUL_VAZ-ENNEAGRAM_WORKSHOPS_AND_EARTH_CENTRED_HEALING_RETREATS.doc

—COMMUNISM, SATANISM AND THE ONE WORLD RELIGION AGENDA-FR FINBARR FLANAGAN

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/COMMUNISM_SATANISM_AND_THE_ONE_WORLD_RELIGION_AGENDA-FR_FINBARR_FLANAGAN.doc

—DEPTH ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, AND THE NEW AGE GODDESS GAIA-SUSAN BRINKMANN

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/DEPTH_ECOLOGY_ENVIRONMENT_AND_THE_NEW_AGE_GODDESS_GAIA-SUSAN_BRINKMANN.doc

—ECOFEMINIST THEOLOGY AND THE AMAZON SYNOD’S THEOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS-10
(A series of ten reports; linked here is the tenth)

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/ECOFEMINIST_THEOLOGY_AND_THE_AMAZON_SYNODS_THEOLOGICAL_ASSUMPTIONS-10.doc

—Integral Ecology, Liberation Theology, and the Amazon Synod

http://studiomatters.com/the-vatican-integral-ecology-and-liberation-theology

 

 

Pope Francis’ 24 May 2015 New Age eco-encyclical Laudato si’

 

—LAUDATO SI’-ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
– POPE
FRANCIS –
MAY 24, 2015

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

 

Laudato si’ (Medieval Italian for “Praise Be to You”) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis.

The encyclical has the subtitle On care for our common home. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action”.

Though written with good intentions, the encyclical has been heavily criticised by conservative and traditional Catholics.

 

Among the unfavorable reactions to Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Laudato Si’, there is an aspect which has received little attention in anti-modernist publications: its nebulous “philosophical and theological vision of the human being and of creation” (No. 130). Yet, this new Anthropology and Cosmology—pantheist2 and evolutionist in flavor—are unacceptable when considered from the perspective of Catholic theology and sound philosophy. Indeed, God’s absolute transcendence is not affirmed (except in passing, as in No. 79), nor is the distinction between creature and Creator or yet the metaphysical notion of creation ex nihilo, by a free act of God.

These notes are written with the full respect owed to the Supreme Pontiff, but in the present circumstances the truth must be unveiled entirely for the honor of Holy Mother Church and preservation of the integrity of good doctrine.

 

From this conception of man and the universe he undeniably develops, though in a non-systematic way, a new theology, a new morality, a new liturgy, a new notion of the Sacraments and of prayer, a new spirituality, and even a new Mariology. Based on those concepts he also offers solutions that end up by proposing the establishment of an international authority over national governments (cf. No. 175).

This philosophical and theological vision runs along the lines of the pantheist and evolutionist mysticism of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (read chapter 93), S.J., who is referred to in the document (No. 83)…

It is well to recall that Teilhard de Chardin’s works were the object of a Monitum (warning) by the Holy Office on June 30, 1962, affirming that his writings abound in such ambiguities and indeed even serious errors, as to offend Catholic doctrine.”

…In Teilhardian parlance, the universe, which came from God, would return to God through a progressive unification of all material beings, including man. Thus, the primeval whole is reconstituted in its entirety. In this line of thought, not only does God create the universe, but the universe recreates God.

 

Throughout the document, “ecology,” the “environment,” “nature” are presented as absolutes which should guide all human activity—moral, spiritual, economic, educational, etc. Based on these principles, Francis proposes an “ecological spirituality”: “I would like to offer Christians a few suggestions for an ecological spirituality grounded in the convictions of our faith, since the teachings of the Gospel have direct consequences for our way of thinking, feeling and living.… A commitment this lofty cannot be sustained by doctrine alone, without a spirituality capable of inspiring us, without an “interior impulse which encourages, motivates, nourishes and gives meaning to our individual and communal activity”. (Evangelii Gaudium, 261) Admittedly, Christians have not always appropriated and developed the spiritual
treasures bestowed by God upon the Church
, where the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (No. 216).

 

In several places, the Encyclical deals with the Earth, nature, and the environment as if they were rational beings … For all that we have just discussed, the “philosophical and theological vision of the human being and of creation” presented by the Encyclical is incompatible with Catholic dogma and sound philosophy, and is, therefore, unacceptable. We regret being obliged to point this out but note that it is unacceptable not only for the grave errors it contains but also for its insinuations, ambiguities, omissions, and biases, all favoring a pantheistic worldview.

 

A reader’s comment: Teilhard de Chardin was warned for a very good reason. This article proves why, in showing how this “new age” philosophy is not the same as traditional Catholic theology regarding God’s relation with man and Creation. 

(Notes on the Unacceptable Philosophy and Theology of Laudato Si’, Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier da Silveira, 2 August 2017,
http://www.tfp.org/notes-unacceptable-philosophy-theology-laudato-si)

 

The case of Pope Francis‘ recent encyclical Laudato Si’ can be seen as tragic. This is not because it is the terrible document that some say it is; it is because so much of it is so good, and because it had the potential to be a truly great encyclical. Like a tragic hero, who is so admirable and so promising but who, through a combination of circumstances and his own flaws, comes to a bad end, Laudato Si’ is unlikely to be the positive force it should have been. Instead, it represents a missed opportunity to be a game-changing reflection and guide for Catholics and for the world, because particular elements have obscured and muffled its often-eloquent expression of Catholic social thought…

 

John Paul II made clear in his encyclicals that he was not taking sides in old conflicts between the advocates of socialism and the unqualified supporters of all aspects of existing market-based societies, but was offering a different perspective that transcended these tired and narrow-minded debates. In contrast, for all the good it contains, Francis has done little to prevent his encyclical from being popularly interpreted—and dismissed—as just one more voice from the same old left.

 

Consequently, the promise of stimulating fresh, deeper thought, informed by a Catholic perspective, is likely to remain unfulfilled. This is the tragedy, and missed opportunity, of Laudato Si’. It is far more likely to add heat to entrenched conflicts among established political forces than it is to add light to matters with which we all should be vitally concerned.

(An extract from
The Tragedy of Laudato Si’, William F. Byrne, 24 June 2015,
http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/the-tragedy-of-laudato-si)

 

We need, to say the least, to treat the “science” of global warming with extreme care. Any such hesitations, however, form no part of the Pope’s thinking: his encyclical is in places like Al Gore on steroids. 

Laudato Si’ appears closely to reflect the influence of the environmentalist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a pillar of the UN’s tendentiously political Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), who has been described in the New York Times as “a scientist known for his aggressive stance on climate policy” and who the Pope recently appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, despite his other beliefs (he is hardly a Catholic thinker). 

As the Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin comments
(link): “Critics have warned that by falling in with proponents of climate change science, the Pope risks getting too close to other key supporters of the theory who support population control and abortion.”

 

…Whether Pope Francis is getting all this from the atheist Schellnhuber, I don’t know: but it’s certainly entirely consistent with the professor’s general ideological stance. So when the Holy Father tells me, as he does in his encyclical, that Laudato Si’ is now to be regarded as part of the social teaching of the Church, along with Rerum Novarum and Centesimus Annus, I must and I believe we all must, respectfully decline to accept what he says. Social teaching of a sort it may be: but given its content and it’s openly acknowledged intellectual sources we have to say that consistently “Catholic” it is not.

(Following St Francis, the Pope teaches concern for nature; but Laudato Si’ will bring no justice for the poor, William Oddie, 2 July 2015

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/following-st-francis-the-pope-teaches-concern-for-nature-but-laudato-si-wil)

 

There is growing alarm over the impact in the secular world of the Papal Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, despite the good intent and otherwise many praiseworthy statements in the encyclical, which LifeSite has highlighted.

Anti-Christian secular leaders and institutions are seeing the encyclical, and the upcoming visit of Francis (link)
to the United Nations, the US Congress and the Obama White House to promote the encyclical, as the most dramatic coup for
their efforts that they could ever have imagined. They realize that, regardless of the original intentions of the encyclical, there are enough wide openings that have been inserted into
(link)
it about
climate change
(link),
world government and more by their friends advising the pope, that they can exploit to huge benefit for their schemes. The extent of the laudatory comments from President Obama
(link), UN leaders, all the liberal mainstream media, almost all leading Catholic dissidents and other of the most prominent (link)
world de-population, anti-Christian, socialist and even Marxist leaders, is chilling for those who understand the implications of this extraordinary support for the encyclical. The alarm is especially felt among 
pro-life
(link), pro-family leaders who have been successfully working since 1994 at the UN, in response to a special appeal from Pope John Paul II. The pope, who was
then deeply concerned, appealed to the world’s pro-life organizations to thwart efforts at the United Nations to advance a host of agendas against life and the family.  

 

Those who have heavily labored since 1994 in this international arena, constantly supported and encouraged by the Holy See delegation to the UN, are dismayed to be witnessing the Holy See now working very closely with some of the very same people they have been heroically fighting all those years. These actions are undermining the extraordinary successes of the last 21 years and ignoring the years of insider knowledge and experience gained about the machinations of the UN and its NGO and other allies to derail Christian civilization.

(Growing alarm over Francis encyclical Laudato Si’, 2 July 2015

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/growing-alarm-over-dangerous-impact-of-encyclical-laudate-si)

 

While criticisms are aplenty, ‘leftists’ like Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light, and also America magazine, dissident groups like the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (link)
(LCWR), New Age organisations like Earth Charter International, New Agers like Fritjof Capra (http://www.fritjofcapra.net/laudato-si-the-ecological-ethics-and-systemic-thought-of-pope-francis/), and dissident priests like Leonardo Boff (http://www.earthcharterinaction.org) have welcomed the encyclical Laudato si’.

 

The 2019 Amazon Synod was “the child” of the 2015 New Age encyclical Laudato Si’:

—Cardinal Barreto: The Amazon synod is the child of Laudato Si’

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/10/17/cardinal-barreto-amazon-synod-child-laudato-si

 

For further reading:

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 12-CATHOLIC CRITICISM OF ENCYCLICAL LAUDATO SI’
– MICHAEL PRABHU

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_12-CATHOLIC_CRITICISM_OF_ENCYCLICAL_LAUDATO_SI.doc

—Waiting for the Synod on the Amazon: The Encyclical Laudato Si’

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/waiting-synod-amazon-encyclical-laudato-si%E2%80%99-1-50876

—Amazon Synod: The Problem lies in Laudato Si’

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/articles/eclesiology/amazon-synod-the-problem-lies-in-laudato-si/

—Gaia Church-Love the Earth. Heaven can wait

https://onepeterfive.com/gaia-church-love-the-earth-heaven-can-wait/

—Notes on the Unacceptable Theology and Philosophy of Laudato Si’

http://www.tfp.org/notes-unacceptable-philosophy-theology-laudato-si

—Climate change alarmism in the Catholic Church

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/climate-change-alarmism-in-the-catholic-church

—Climate change alarmist Michael Moore is Pope Francis’ pupil

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/michael-moore-steals-pope-francis-slogan

—Climate change activist Greta Thunberg praised at Amazon Synod

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/amazon-synod-fathers-praise-greta-thunberg

—Climate change is a Marxist ploy

https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-climate-change

—Laudato si’ is like Hindu scriptures: Vandana Shiva, pseudo-scientist

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/popes-encyclical-is-like-hindu-scriptures

—Network of dissident groups launch Laudato Si’ website

https://www.churchmilitant.com/index.php/news/article/network-of-dissident-groups-launch-laudato-si-website

 

 

Francis, the New Age Pope. The Shamazon Sin-nod. The Pachamama
Idol

 

—Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider: Silence about errors under Pope Francis would be ‘great sin’

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdl-burke-bishop-schneider-silence-about-errors-under-pope-francis-would-be-great-sin?utm_source=OneSignal

 

Note: Don’t believe anything that Pope Francis’ biographer Austen Ivereigh writes:

—Has Austen Ivereigh Been Conning Us All Along?

https://www.crisismagazine.com/2019/89627

 

Pope Francis stands accused of being a dictator (https://www.amazon.in/Dictator-Pope-Marcantonio-Colonna-ebook/dp/B077SP6SSR) and an overbearing autocrat in his governance of the Church, an unabashed supporter of the gay and women-priests lobbies in the Vatican, an appointer of like-minded prelates to key/sensitive posts, a despiser of traditional values and rituals and those who espouse them, the scourge of traditional religious congregations, a mocker of Catholics with many children, a sympathizer of the heretical Lutherans and promoter of Protestant programmes (the Alpha Course for example), a bedfellow of Pentecostal pastors, a socialist, anti-capitalist, Peronist and Marxist, a re-inventor of Catholic morality and re-interpreter of Sacred Scripture, a Modernist, a Freemason and a heretic. Some Catholics call him an anti-Pope (https://onepeterfive.com/if-francis-is-an-antipope-we-cant-know-it-yet/), others the “false prophet” of the Book of Revelation, and even, hold your breath, the anti-Christ.

Scandalized? Check out the 2000+ (and counting) files at this ministry’s web site:

POPE FRANCIS FILES AT THIS MINISTRY’S WEBSITE (650+)

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/POPE_FRANCIS_FILES_AT_THIS_MINISTRYS_WEBSITE.doc

AMAZON SYNOD FILES AT THIS MINISTRY’S WEBSITE (1350+)

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/AMAZON_SYNOD_FILES_AT_THIS_MINISTRYS_WEBSITE.doc

They contain tens of thousands of pages of English language articles and reports authored by Catholics who love their Church. Most writers are lay men and women, but many are eminent priests, bishops and even Cardinals.

 

Every single one of the synods called and overseen by Pope Francis have been re-writing (to the sheer elation of the liberal and progressive Church lobbies) Catholic morality and leading the Church towards an inevitable — they fear — schism.

This Pope is already the subject of a number of books, most of them highly critical of him and his pontificate, and hundreds of thousands of unfavorable articles in scores of blogs run by a burgeoning, gravely-concerned conservative Catholic media.

 

Francis has issued around 50 apostolic letters, motu proprios, encyclicals and other documents during the 90 months since his assuming office in 2013. Hardly any one of them has not been strongly criticized, even condemned, by laity, and by priests, bishops and Cardinals.

The sheer number of “Open Letters” written to this Pope by concerned Catholics (including top clerics) worldwide is record-breaking. Include the opinions of those who brand him a heretic.

All of the above is unprecedented in modern Church history, nay, in its entire 2000 years.

 

FRANCIS-THE NEW AGE POPE – MICHAEL PRABHU,
UPDATED DECEMBER 2020

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/FRANCIS-THE_NEW_AGE_POPE.doc

To come to the header that I have chosen to give this section: Francis-The New Age Pope. Or, should it be “Pope Francis-New Ager“? My choice vacillated between the two for greater impact. New Ager. New Age Pope. That is the one thing that no one, to the best of my knowledge, has called him. This ministry, quite belatedly, has taken the decision to do so.

How does a Catholic label his pontiff a New Ager? On the basis of incontrovertible evidence.

—Spanish Bishops Condemn Pope Francis attempt to assimilate Zen meditation techniques in Christian prayer

https://gloria.tv/article/zpiVCNVatzjT2NVDL2mXAXVP1

—IS POPE FRANCIS UNDERGOING TREATMENT WITH NEW AGE ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES?

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

 

An individual might ignorantly or innocently dabble in a New Age medication or meditation without deserving the New Age nomenclature. If the reader examines my first two (2014) files in the Quo Vadis Papa Francisco series listed below, the titles are suffixed by a question mark. Seven years later, and after Laudato si’ (2015), the question marks can be done away with. Francis is, beyond a shadow of doubt, a “New Ager”. We indeed do have a New Age Pope.

All of the reports at my web site are thoroughly documented.

 

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 04-POPE FRANCIS COMPROMISED BY NEW AGE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE?
(His Taoist ‘doctor’-monk Liu Ming, 1)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_04-COMPROMISED_BY_NEW_AGE_ALTERNATIVE_MEDICINE.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 06-POPE’S ENDORSEMENT OF A NEW AGE HEALER FROM INDIA?
(Goan New Age healer Patrick San Francesco)


http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_06-ENDORSEMENT_OF_A_NEW_AGE_HEALER_FROM_INDIA.doc

 

Are Pope Francis and his Cardinals lacking in spiritual discernment? Did any of the Cardinals suspect that the Holy Father himself might be under bondage to occult powers because of his submitting himself to treatment by two New Age gurus, Liu Ming and Patrick San Francesco?

 

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 08-CONSULTOR TO THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE PRACTISES NEW AGE (Fr. Pablo d’Ors CMF, 1)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_08-CONSULTOR_TO_THE_PONTIFICAL_COUNCIL_FOR_CULTURE_PRACTISES_NEW_AGE_ADVOCATES_THE_HERESY_OF_WOMEN_PRIESTS.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 10-NEW AGE CONSULTOR TO THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE DENIGRATES THE EUCHARIST
(Fr. Pablo d’Ors CMF, 2)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_10-NEW_AGE_CONSULTOR_TO_THE_PONTIFICAL_COUNCIL_FOR_CULTURE_NOW_DENIGRATES_THE_EUCHARIST.doc

 

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 09-THE POPE UNDERGOES NEW AGE TREATMENTS
(His Taoist ‘doctor’-monk Liu Ming 2)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_09-THE_POPE_UNDERGOES_NEW_AGE_TREATMENTS.doc

 

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 11-PRESIDENT OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE JOINS IN PACHAMAMA MOTHER EARTH NEW AGE RITUAL
(Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_11-PRESIDENT_OF_THE_PONTIFICAL_COUNCIL_FOR_CULTURE_JOINS_IN_RELIGIOUS_RITUAL_OF_NEW_AGE_CULT.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 20-ATHEIST PAPAL ADVISOR ASSERTS BELIEF IN NEW AGE GODDESS
(Hans Joachim Schellnhuber)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_20-POPULATION_CONTROL_EXTREMIST_AND_ATHEIST_PAPAL_ADVISOR_BELIEVES_IN_NEW_AGE_GODDESS.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 21-POPE FRANCIS AWARDED 2015 PERSON OF THE YEAR BY ANTICHRISTIAN PETA
(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)


http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_21-AWARDED_2015_PERSON_OF_THE_YEAR_BY_ANTICHRISTIAN_PETA.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 62-POPE FRANCIS CALLS HOMOEOPATHY A SCIENCE

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_62-CALLS_HOMOEOPATHY_A_SCIENCE.doc

(“He is believed to be the first Pope in history to have visited a psychoanalyst: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-psychoanalyst-therapist-female-jewish-clarify-few-things-dominique-wolton-a7924366.html)

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 72-POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW AGE ENNEAGRAM

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_72-NOW_ITS_POPE_FRANCIS_NOT_AGAINST_THE_OCCULT-NEW_AGE_ENNEAGRAM.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 73-THE POPE AND HIS NEW AGE HEALERS THERAPIES AND PERSONALITY TYPING DEVICES

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_73-THE_POPE_AND_HIS_NEW_AGE_HEALERS_THERAPIES_AND_PERSONALITY_TYPING_DEVICES.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 80-CONFERRED 10TH DAN BLACK BELT, ENDORSES TAEKWONDO

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_80-CONFERRED_10TH_DAN_BLACK_BELT_ENDORSES_TAEKWONDO.doc

—QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 81-HONOURING NEW AGE GODWOMAN MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/QUO_VADIS_PAPA_FRANCISCO_81-HONOURING_MATA_AMRITANANDAMAYI.doc

 

Pope Francis’ 2019 Amazon Synod embodied New Age eco-feminist spirituality, neo-paganism, and the blatant idolatry of the Pachamama
Mother Earth cult.

For further reading,
in chronological order June 2019 to April 2020 (these 54 links from my web site archives are not exhaustive; they are representative of dozens more):

—Amazon Synod Working Document Criticized for Serving ‘Neo-Pagan Agenda

https://edwardpentin.co.uk/amazon-synod-working-document-criticized-for-serving-neo-pagan-agenda/

—Get ready for the Amazon Synod! (Nature Worship, Spiritism)

https://novusordowatch.org/2019/06/get-ready-for-amazon-synod/

—Get ready for ‘Catholic animism‘ as well

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/articles/revolution-in-the-church/catholic-animism/

—Heretical and Apostate: Cardinal Brandmüller excommunicates the Amazon Synod

http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2019/06/27/heretical-and-apostate-cardinal-brandmuller-excommunicates-the-amazon-synod/

—Amazon Synod poised to wage Total War on Catholic Faith

https://catholicfamilynews.com/blog/2019/07/05/amazon-synod-poised-to-wage-total-war-on-catholic-faith-our-resistance-must-be-equally-forceful/

—Cardinal Müller criticizes Amazon Synod working doc for ‘false teaching

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vaticans-former-doctrine-head-criticizes-amazon-synod-working-doc-for-false-teaching

—Pachamama or Mother Earth Worship and the Amazon Synod

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/feature/pachamama-worship-and-combating-free-enterprise/

—Amazon Synod preparer calls for Mass, Church with pagan elements

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/amazon-synod-preparer-calls-for-mass-church-with-pagan-elements

—Amazon Synod Working Document not only heresy but also stupidity: Cardinal Müller

https://panamazonsynodwatch.info/feature/bussola-director-interviews-cardinal-muller/

—Brazilian bishop Keller opposes errors of Amazon Synod

https://panamazonsfynodwatch.info/articles/eclesiology/brazilian-bishop-opposes-errors-of-amazon-synod/

—Cardinal Burke: Amazon Synod is apostasy and attack on Christ’s Lordship

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/cdl-burke-synod-is-apostasy-and-attack-on-christs-lordship

—Critics accuse Amazon Synod of ‘poly-demonism

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2019/10/04/critics-accuse-amazon-synod-of-poly-demonism/

—Golden Calf 2.0: Idolatrous Earth Goddess Worship Pachamama Ceremony in Vatican https://novusordowatch.org/2019/10/golden-calf-vatican-idolatry-francis/

—Pope Francis Reaches a New Ridiculous Low: Pagan Rituals on Vatican Hill

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/10/francis-reaches-new-ridiculous-low.html

—Pachamama.
A foretaste of “A Church with an Amazonian face”

https://traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A853-Pach.htm

—Witchcraft site praises Amazon Synod pagan Pachamama ritual

https://www.complicitclergy.com/2019/10/16/witchcraft-site-praises-amazon-synod-pagan-ritual/

—Amazon Synod participants must stop pretending pagan
Pachamama is OK

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/amazon-synod-participants-must-stop-pretending-pagan-pachamama-is-ok

—Cardinal Brandmüller: Amazon Synod portends pantheistic ‘religion of man’

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/cdl-walter-brandmueller-amazon-synod-represents-spectacular-break-with-catholic-faith

—Pope Francis, Pachamama, Politics, and the Periphery: Everything Is Connected

https://ricochet.com/688579/the-pope-pachamama-politics-and-the-periphery-everything-is-connected/

—Cardinal Urosa’s disapproval of Amazon Synod‘s Pachamama ritual

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-expresses-disapproval-of-amazon-synods-pagan-ritual-should-be-avoided

—Cardinal Hollerich: Amazon Synod should lead to ‘ecological conversion
(Card. Gracias)

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/10/23/cardinal-hollerich-amazon-synod-should-lead-ecological-conversion

—Pope Francis blesses controversial ‘Pachamama statue before opening Amazon Synod

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-pope-francis-blesses-controversial-pachamama-statue-before-opening-amazon-synod?utm_source=onesignal

—Pope Francis refers to disputed wooden statues as “Pachamama” in official remarks

https://onepeterfive.com/pope-refers-to-disputed-wooden-statues-as-pachamama-in-official-remarks/

—Bishop Azcona says Pachamama’ is a pagan goddess, slams demonic sacrilege at Vatican

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/amazonian-bishop-slams-demonic-sacrilege-at-vatican

—Bishop Eleganti: It is a ‘scandal’ that Pope Francis ‘defends Pachamama rituals inside the Vatican Gardens’

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/swiss-bishop-it-is-a-scandal-that-the-pope-defends-those-rituals-inside-the-vatican-gardens

—Why Pachamama took a dip in the Tiber

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-why-pachamama-took-a-dip-23186

—Bishop Schneider Publishes Open Letter Condemning Pachamama Idolatry

https://onepeterfive.com/bishop-schneider-publishes-open-letter-condemning-pachamama-idolatry/

—Bishop Schneider condemns Pachamama statue as ‘new golden calf’ in open letter

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-athanasius-schneider-issues-open-letter-condemning-pachamama-statue-as-new-golden-calf?__twitter_impression=true

—Caring for common home requires deep ecological conversion, Amazon Synod says

https://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2019/caring-for-common-home-requires-deep-ecological-conversion-synod-says.cfm

—Church must convert from ecological sins, Amazon Synod fathers urge Church to define them

https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/10/27/church-must-convert-from-cultural-ecological-sins-amazon-synod-concludes/

—Not even Pope Francis can deny the Pachamama is a pagan idol

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/not-even-pope-francis-can-deny-the-pachamama-is-a-pagan-idol

—Demonic sacrilege’: Bishop Azcona condemns Vatican gardens’ Mother Earth
worship

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/demonic-sacrilege-brazil-bishops-condemns-vatican-gardenspachamama-ritual

—What would Cardinal John Henry Newman say about Pachamama?

https://www.crisismagazine.com/2019/newman-among-the-pachamamas

—Pachamama, witchcraft and women’s ordination, Fr. Dwight Longenecker

https://dwightlongenecker.com/pachamama-witchcraft-and-womens-ordination/

—The Idolatrous Veneration of the Pachamama
Statuettes

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/idolatrous-veneration-pachamama-statuettes-52064

—Six cardinals and bishops who condemned pagan ‘Pachamama‘ rituals at Vatican

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/SIX_CARDINALS_AND_BISHOPS_WHO_CONDEMNED_PACHAMAMA_RITUALS_AT_VATICAN.doc

—Why Catholics honoring Pachamama is a result of apostasy, Fr. Serafino Lanzetta

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/why-catholics-honoring-pachamama-is-a-result-of-apostasy

—Bishop Voderholzer criticizes use of Pachamama statues at Amazon Synod

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/german-bishop-criticizes-use-of-pachamama-statues-at-amazon-synod

—The Pachamama Synod: A look back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFBpt3VeYBQ

—EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa condemns Pachamama ‘worship’ at Amazon Synod

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ewtns-fr-mitch-pacwa-condemns-pachamama-worship-at-amazon-synod

—Cardinal Cupich defends use of ‘Pachamama’ idol
during
Amazon Synod

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-cardinal-cupich-defends-use-of-pachamama-idol-during-amazon-synod

—Pachamama: New to the Vatican But No Stranger to the UN

https://edwardpentin.co.uk/pachamama-new-to-the-vatican-but-no-stranger-to-the-un/

—Bishop Schneider: Pachamama idolatry during Amazon Synod has its roots in Vatican II Council

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bishop-schneider-pachamama-idolatry-during-amazon-synod-has-its-roots-in-vatican-ii-council

—100 Novus Ordo Clerics & Scholars protest Pope FrancisPachamama Idolatry

https://novusordowatch.org/2019/11/against-recent-sacrileges-francis-protest/

—Bishop Schneider praises initiative calling Pope Francis to repent of
Pachamama
idolatry

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/act-of-true-charity-bishop-schneider-praises-initiative-calling-pope-to-repent-for-pachamama-idolatry

—Bishop Schneider: Pachamama was worshiped at Vatican and it wasn’t harmless

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/bishop-athanasius-schneider-pachamama-was-worshiped-at-vatican-and-it-wasnt-harmless

—Cardinal Müller warns ‘hundreds of thousands’ will leave Church over Pachamama idolatry

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-mueller-warns-hundreds-of-thousands-will-leave-church-over-pachamama-idolatry

—Bishop Mutsaerts joins statement calling for Pope to repent of Pachamama idolatry at Amazon Synod

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dutch-bishop-joins-statement-calling-for-pope-to-repent-of-pachamama-idolatry-at-amazon-synod

—Msgr. Charles Pope: Pope Francis must lead Church in formal repentance for Pachamama idolatry

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-must-lead-church-in-formal-repentance-for-pachamama-idolatry

—Cardinal Burke warns of Vatican push for one-world government

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/cdl-burke-warns-of-plot-to-protestantize-church-using-regional-synods

—Did Pope Francis defend Pachamama idolatry in Amazon Synod exhortation?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/did-pope-francis-defend-pachamama-idolatry-at-vatican-in-new-amazon-synod-exhortation

—Cardinal Burke rebukes Church’s Pachamama Idolatry

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/cdl-burke-rebukes-churchs-pagan-idolatry-in-coronavirus-epistle

—Pachamama’s Temper Tantrum-Pope Francis contradicts own Gaia theology

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/is-jesus-placating-pachamamas-temper-tantrum

—Pantheistic Pope Francis and his unforgiving nature god

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/popes-mantra-is-pantheistic-mumbo-jumbo

 

 

Chapter 62

Feminism, Feminist Theology, Inclusive Language and the Ordination of Women (Women priests)

This chapter can be read in conjunction with chapter 26

 

Readers may be surprised to see a chapter on Feminism in this book.

Feminism (matriarchy) is a rebellion against the supposed “patriarchy” of the Judeo-Christian tradition in which God is “male”. Is Feminism New Age? Very, says JCBWL.

Some say that the Christian religion is patriarchal and authoritarian… New Age appeals to people imbued with the values of modern culture. Freedom, authenticity, self-reliance and the like are all held to be sacred. It appeals to those who have problems with patriarchy.(JCBWL #1.1)

 

Five more quotes from JCBWL, the Document on the New Age, follow.

#2.1 What is new about New Age?

Here is what is “new” about New Age
from a dominance of masculinity and
patriarchy to a celebration of femininity, in individuals and in society.

 

#2.3.2 The essential matrix of New Age thinking

A prominent component of Mrs. Blavatsky’s writings was the emancipation of women, which involved an attack on the “male” God of Judaism, of Christianity and of Islam. She urged people to return to the mother-goddess of Hinduism and to the practice of feminine virtues. This continued under the guidance of Annie Besant, who was in the vanguard of the feminist movement. Wicca and “women’s spirituality” carry on this struggle against “patriarchal” Christianity today.

 

#2.3.4.2 New Age has a marked preference for Eastern or pre-Christian religions, which are reckoned to be uncontaminated by Judaeo-Christian distortions. Hence great respect is given to ancient agricultural rites and to fertility cults. “Gaia”, Mother Earth, is offered as an alternative to God the Father, whose image is seen to be linked to a patriarchal conception of male domination of women.

 

#2.4 The rejection of tradition in the form of patriarchal, hierarchical social or ecclesial organisation implies the search for an alternative form of society, one that is clearly inspired by the modern notion of the self…

Traditional science and medicine are felt to be inferior to holistic approaches, as are patriarchal and particular structures in politics and religion. All of these will be obstacles to the coming of the Age of Aquarius; once again, it is clear that what is implied when people opt for New Age alternatives is a complete break with the tradition that formed them.

 

#7.2 Neopaganism: a title often rejected by many to whom it is applied, it refers to a current that runs parallel to New Age and often interacts with it. In the great wave of reaction against traditional religions, specifically the Judaeo-Christian heritage of the West … Whatever preceded Christianity is reckoned to be more genuine to the spirit of the land or the nation … often matriarchal … Some “neo-pagan” religions are recent reconstructions whose authentic relationship to original forms can be questioned, particularly in cases where they are dominated by modern ideological components like ecology, feminism…  

 

“Catholic” feminists militate for, among other things, the use of “inclusive language” in the Bible and liturgy, and the ordination of women as priests. I will not treat the latter issue in any detail in this book.

 

Tired of seeing their holy texts used to justify the subjugation of women, a group of feminist theologians from across the Protestant-Catholic divide have joined forces to draft “A Women’s Bible”. “Une Bible des Femmes” (“A Women’s Bible”) was published in October (2018).

They are not the first to provide a more women-friendly reading of the scriptures.

Already back in 1898, American suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Woman%27s_Bible) and a committee of 26 other women drafted “The Woman’s Bible”, aimed at overturning religious orthodoxy that women should be subservient to men.

(https://www.france24.com/en/20181127-metoo-era-theologians-publish-womens-bible)

 

The Feminist, Homosexual and New Age Connection: The feminist believes that a fundamental principle of all human societies, sex-role differentiation, is essentially an arrangement by which men in power via a patriarchal society oppress women. Therefore a God with the name of Father – in their thought process – just continues and reinforces said “oppression.” Naming God as Mother is a method of liberation to help shed the shackles of oppression because traditional theology is believed to assume that men’s experience is normative for all of humanity, and the existence of an androcentric bias is considered a serious theological problem. As discussed earlier, the idea of goddess is clearly ancient and pagan, as is reflected in feminist theology. Wicca is the belief system which promotes the concept of goddesses (as well as gods) and is one in which many feminists participate. It gets even more disgusting…

If God is Mother, then the Trinity as defined would be schizophrenic because how could one God be “part male” (Jesus) and “part female” (‘Mother’)? This further leads to the “female Jesus,” which sometimes is called the “SophiaChrist*.”

Some people have seen a “crucifix” holding a “Jesus with breasts.” How absolutely repugnant. By this point of logical conclusions, fatherhood and maleness have been totally eliminated from God. God is now a result of human logic rather than being known via His revelation – truly a pagan victory. Feminists would be happy.

Lastly, if God is Mother, creation is ‘birthed’ rather than made out of nothing by God our Father. This concept is strong within Wiccan beliefs. Therefore, creation is no longer limited to being simply good, as described in Genesis, but ‘divine.’ The essence of New Age, a modern form of paganism and pantheism, is to worship “Sacred Creation (read chapter 26)”.

(God the Father, the Trinity and Vertical Inclusive Language, James A. Urda and Bruce Sabalaskey, http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/articles/inclusive.htm)

 

*“Sophia” is derived from the Greek translation of the word “wisdom” in Scripture – which is Hagia Sophia. Its New Age spiritual connotation is feminist.

(In New Age) shifts are found in everything from the Human Potential Movement and the worship of goddesses such as Gaia and Sophia… from traditional forms of religion to more personal expressions of what is now being called “spirituality” — to move from a male-dominated culture to one that celebrates the feminine, and to rely less on reason and more on feelings and emotions.

(Popular Movement is one of the Most Pressing Challenges to Christian Faith, Susan Brinkmann, https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=8754)

Google for “Sophia New Age” and you get: Sophia Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Wisdom recognizes and acknowledges Sophia-Gaia at the Center of everything we do. Gaia (read chapter 26) is the name of our Earth – Mother Earth. What we teach and what we offer must be in alignment with what’s good for our Mother Earth.

(http://www.nmmagazine.com/links_directory/listing.php?id=1506)

 

A feminist is a person, usually female but not necessarily, who believes in the concept of feminism, which is a belief that a fundamental principle of all human societies, sex-role differentiation, is essentially an arrangement by which some human beings oppress others. The oppressors are men in power, via a patriarchal society. Its aim is thus to create a new kind of human being living in a new form of society based on new ties among men, women and children, reconstituted in accordance with their ideological demands. This feminism itself is a divisive belief since it flows from the concept that patriarchal men have for thousands of years oppressed women who must now fight to claim their rights at any cost. Feminism inherently pits woman against man, rather than following the Catholic teaching that men and women are of equal dignity, but do have different roles in society. What is important to understand is that feminism does not equate to femininity.

 

Feminist theology emerged with the assertion that traditional theology is grounded in the experience of socially and politically dominant men. As such, traditional theology is believed to assume that men’s experience is normative for all of humanity. Their claim that the existence of an “andocentric” bias is a serious theological problem and feminist theologians attempt to develop alternatives for theological reflection. There is no one predominant feminist theology, but rather a variety of feminist theologies based upon women’s experience of life and God. Given that feminist theology is experience oriented, that is a creation of humans, it clearly goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church which, in Vatican II, states that the Catholic Faith has been divinely revealed by God. Experience-based religious belief systems always demand the concept of pluralism and its sister tolerance because everyone has different experiences, and therefore these different experiences lead to different views of theology, i.e. each to her own. Feminist theology is also behind the promotion of goddess, a long-time pagan concept, and seeks to remove the so-called andocentric theological bias through implementation of “inclusive language,” “God the Mother” and “SophiaChrist.”

 

Gender equality is a feminist misnomer erected as a divisive barrier to pit men against women. The typical dissenter usage focuses on the feminist’s desire to become a priestess. They purport a belief that disallowing women as priests is oppression, discrimination and gender inequality, therefore the only way for gender equality is to have women priestesses. The Holy Father has made an infallible declaration that women can never be priests in Jesus Christ’s Catholic Church, but that has not stopped the feminist dissenters from whining. Their latest tactic has been to try and breach the Church’s teaching by pushing women deacons, who feminists claim where ordained in the early Church. What feminists refuse to acknowledge is the actual role for women “deacons” as defined in the early Church. Women were never ordained in any manner in the Church. At that time, Baptism was done via full immersion of the person, so a woman “deacon” was used to assist a woman who was getting baptized to avoid any scandals with male priests and Bishops. Since Baptism no longer requires full immersion, the woman “deacon” role is no longer needed.

 

The dictionary defines inclusive as “taking everything into account, comprehensive, or including the limits specified.

Dissenters distort the meaning to one that, as usual, creates divisiveness by implying any person who does not agree with the dissenters’ position is practicing “exclusiveness,” that meaning the disagreeing person is oppressing the dissenters’ rights or looking to withhold some rights from the dissenter. The usual topic hidden within this is the feminist drive for women priestesses, and is just another coercive angle for the gender equality divisive argument. The other dissenter topic hinged on inclusiveness is the feminist plot to change the very name of God. What the dissenters refuse to take into account when considering everything – the proper definition of inclusive – is God’s Will and His plan. God speaks to us through His Church, and His Church requires a Christo-centric priesthood.

 

Inclusive Language: The term inclusive as applied to liturgical language is actually a misnomer, an invention of the feminists who want to change the very name of God. Instead of God the Father, feminists want “God the Mother” and to erase all references to masculine pronouns with reference to God. This is all consistent with Feminist Theology. For an in-depth discussion, see Vertical Inclusive Language. http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/articles/inclusive.htm.

 

Patriarchal is another denigrating term promoted by feminists who cause division between men and women. Dissenters’ typical usage of patriarchal is to simultaneously attack the all-male priesthood and the hierarchical nature of the Church leadership. The former is viewed by feminists as an affront to women since their self-proclaimed ‘right’ to “priestess-hood” is being ‘oppressed.’ The Church teaches infallibly that the priesthood is a male-only role because Jesus Christ is male and the priest acts “in persona Christi” which means in the very person of Christ. Of course the feminists are pursuing the ‘female christ’ called “SophiaChrist.” The latter attack against the hierarchical nature of the Church is to push a “democratic version” of the Catholic Church.

(http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/dissent/vocabula.htm)

 

What is unacceptable to the Magisterium is the use of inclusive language in collective terms for human beings which have an anthropological significance, or, in terms for God or Christ (vertical inclusive language). No one should understand that God is male or female. He is not. God is pure spirit…

In giving human nature this created order, an order which in our embodied existence includes a common nature, as well as male and female, God not only stamped us with an image and likeness of His own nature and the Trinitarian Communion, but gave us a means and a language to understand Him. The use of male terms (Father, Son, He, Him etc.) are not statements about the masculinity of God, but ways to understand from our experience of ourselves, imperfect as we are, what are essentially spiritual realities. If God’s self-revelation is perverted, then both our understanding of God and ourselves is changed, as well. When God is named Mother (and a name speaks of what is of the essence of a thing), God is turned into an earth goddess of which we are but a part (panentheism). This is, in fact, what New Agers believe, and sadly some Catholics.

(Bible versions and Commentaries, Colin B. Donovan, http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/bible_versions.htm)

 

I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.

(Ordinatio Sacerdotalis #4, Pope John Paul II, May 22, 1996.

https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1994/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_19940522_ordinatio-sacerdotalis.html)

 

In the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA) and the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM), Virginia Saldanha (her email id is the feminist womynvs@gmail.com)
and Astrid Lobo Gajiwala are the leading lay feminist theologians in the Indian Church. Elevated to prominent positions in CBCI Commissions and the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), and appointed on the editorial boards of Catholic magazines (by the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Jesuits, etc.), they openly advocate the ordination of women as priests.

They get prime news space in UCAN news, CathNews.com, Matters India, etc. They have the full backing of the heads and committees of the CBCI’s Conference of Religious India (CRI) [former heads Bro. Mani Mekkunnel SG, Bro. K. M. Joseph SG, Bro. Varghese Theckanath SG, Bro. Paul Raj SG, Bro. Jose Daniel SG, Fr. Joe Mannath SDB (the current National Secretary)] and
the National Assembly of Religious Brothers of India, (NARBI).

 

Some nuns even hold executive positions on CRI bodies. They are regular contributors of progressive, liberal articles to leading Catholic periodicals including the Bombay archdiocese’s The Examiner and Chennai’s The New Leader.

The CRI and some of the below-named nun sisters feature in articles of India’s leading New Age journal, Life Positive.

Among the Indian female religious congregations, there are so many feminist theologians and militant pro-women’s ordination nuns that it is impossible for me to enumerate them all. Some of them are Dr. Sr. Rekha Chennattu RA, Dr. Sr. Kochurani Abraham AC, Sr. Margaret Gonsalves RSCJ/SFCC, Sr. Philomena D’Souza FMA, Sr. Evelyn Monteiro SC, Dr. Sr. Pushpa Joseph FMM, Dr. Sr. Clemens Mendonca, Dr. Sr. Shalini Mulackal PBVM, Sr. A. Metti SCC, Sr. Ranu Biswas RNDM, Sr. Pauline Chakkalakal DSP, Sr. Prasanna Thattil CHF, Sr. Teresa Peter FS, Sr. Elsie K. Varghese SSpS, Sr. Lilly Francis Poovelil SMMI, Sr. Helen Saldanha SSpS, Sr. Jyoti Pinto BS, Sr. Inigo Joachim SSA, Sr. Leela J. Perumpally, Sr. M. Wilberta BS, Sr. Margaret Shanti ICM, Sr. Corona Mary OSM, Sr. Rose Paul FMM, Sr. Pushpa Jyothi SMMI, Sr. Clare Muthakattil MMS, Sr. Antony Xavier CIC, Sr. Irene Fernandez MMS, Sr. Shanti Fernandes CPS, etc.

Some are superiors of their religious orders. Many hold doctoral degrees. Several of these nuns serve at New Age holistic centres, some at “Catholic” ashrams.

 

Some of the leading women’s ordination feminist-sympathetic and openly active priests:

Fr. Suren Abreu, Fr. Kurien Kunnumpuram SJ, Fr. Subhash Anand, Fr. Jacob Parappally MSFS, Fr. Alphonse Sahayam, Fr. Julian Saldanha SJ, Fr. Jacob Naluparayil MCBS, Fr. Joseph Mattam SJ, Fr. Franklin Lobo CSsR, etc.

 

For further reading:

—Gender, language and who really God is

https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/anna-krohn-gender-language-and-who-god-really-is

—Vatican rules God must be recognized as Our Father

http://cathnews.com/archives/cath-news-archive/11700-vatican-rules-god-must-be-recognised-as-our-father

—Pope Francis Floats ‘New Feminism’, criticized for relaunching ‘old feminism’

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/francis-floats-new-feminism

—Introducing the new threat: Global Neo-Paganism

https://dwightlongenecker.com/introducing-the-new-threat-global-neo-paganism/

—There is no “Catholic feminism”

https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/there-is-no-catholic-feminism

(All files researched and authored by MICHAEL PRABHU):

—UCAN CONFIRMS IT FAVOURS WOMEN PRIESTS-03
(
A series of 3 files)

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/UCAN_CONFIRMS_IT_FAVOURS_WOMEN_PRIESTS-03.doc and

—UCAN WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH THE PRIESTHOOD

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

—GOD OUR MOTHER-THE USE OF INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/GOD_OUR_FATHER_AND_MOTHER-THE_USE_OF_INCLUSIVE_LANGUAGE.doc

—WHY DON’T THEY JUST SAY IT-INDIAN WOMEN RELIGIOUS WANT TO BE PRIESTS

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/WHY_DONT_THEY_JUST_SAY_IT-INDIAN_WOMEN_RELIGIOUS_WANT_TO_BE_PRIESTS.doc

—WHY NOT WOMEN PRIESTS-WHY NOT THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN?

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/WHY_NOT_WOMEN_PRIESTS-WHY_NOT_THE_ORDINATION_OF_WOMEN.doc

—VIRGINIA SALDANHA-ECCLESIA OF WOMEN IN ASIA AND CATHERINE OF SIENA VIRTUAL COLLEGE-FEMINIST THEOLOGY, THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VIRGINIA_SALDANHA-ECCLESIA_OF_WOMEN_IN_ASIA_AND_CATHERINE_OF_SIENA_VIRTUAL_COLLEGE-FEMINIST_THEOLOGY_AND_THE_ORDINATION_OF_WOMEN_PRIESTS.doc

—WHAT’S VIRGINIA SALDANHA DOING WITH “NUNS ON THE BUS”?

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

—HERETICAL CATHERINE OF SIENA COLLEGE’S NEW COURSES

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/HERETICAL_CATHERINE_OF_SIENA_COLLEGE_OFFERS_NEW_COURSES.doc

—THE PRO-WOMENS ORDINATION GAJIWALAS-THE INDIAN CHURCH’S FIRST FAMILY

http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/THE_PRO-WOMENS_ORDINATION_GAJIWALAS-THE_INDIAN_CHURCHS_FIRST_FAMILY.doc

—SEX-CHANGE SURGEON GAJIWALA PRACTICES AT MUMBAI CATHOLIC HOSPITAL

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/SEX-CHANGE_SURGEON_PRACTICES_AT_MUMBAI_CATHOLIC_HOSPITAL.doc

 

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noronha.kp@gmail.com, indian.catholica.forum@gmail.com, swamisachidananda@gmail.com, isaac25gomes@gmail.com, jameskottoor@gmail.com, davidlobo@deejayfarm.com, davidlobo@gmail.com, alomalobo@gmail.com, 43subhash@gmail.com, cedricprakash@gmail.com, sjprashant@gmail.com, bvadakkal@gmail.com, kattakayam@yahoo.comdevrajfernandes@gmail.com, gonsmichael@gmail.com, joemike31@rediffmail.com, gonsalvesmichael@gmail.com, francismbritto@gmail.com, frallwyn@gmail.com, imendanha@cssr.com, sureshcapuchin@gmail.com, secular@sezariworld.com, icdelhi@gmail.com, chinnaduraivincent@gmail.com, jppurackal@gmail.com, capkottayam@gmail.com, baputti@gmail.com, newleadereditor@gmail.com, frgnani@gmail.com, usmindore93@gmail.com, joyprakash.ofm@gmail.com, mamaladoss@hotmail.com, mamaladoss@gmail.com, manisharscj@gmail.com, mgonsal@gmail.com, fcrklprovince@gmail.com, schinna33@gmail.com, tessyvm@gmail.com, kaviyil@gmail.com, antoakkara@protonmail.com, rene.reid@catholicchurchreformintl.org, womenscollective1@gmail.com, aicuadmin@groups.live.com, lancydcunha@hotmail.com, jamessylvester.1325@rediffmail.com, voiceofthefaithful@rediffmail.com, joypalekkudy@gmail.com, joypal@nonviolence.com, lucilekuriakose98@gmail.com, nocermathew@gmail.com, macwankj@gmail.com, romesh.niven@gmail.com, drsalamirene27@gmail.com, percivalholt@gmail.com, presidenticymccbi@gmail.com, fanathan@gmail.com, newlifepeoplesparty@gmail.com,blaise@gmizm.com, dr_priyajohn2004@yahoo.co.in, raynahbraganzapassanha@gmail.com, itsamanassociate@gmail.com, brindaadige@gmail.com, angelinajasnani@gmail.com, tsshelvi@gmail.com, laitylawrence@yahoo.com, adatgupta@rediffmail.com, mabspalat@gmail.com, xf65828@gmail.com, bhanu.murmu@sbi.co.in, bhanu_murmu1@rediffmail.com, maryanvrodriques@gmail.com, fgomes50@rediffmail.com, prakashlobo1988@gmail.com, srozario0@gmail.com, neljo87@gmail.com, vincent.bagul@gmail.com, campoojoachim2@gmail.comwbcw.org@gmail.com, gnanam2710@gmail.com, brinelledsouza@gmail.com, anthoni.cvrayan@gmail.com, anthoni.cv.rayan@gmail.com, chackokj18@gmail.com, clarencedunn53@gmail.com, kandathil@gmail.com, francisuru@gmail.com, jaignatius@gmail.com, jmmpalay@gmail.com, johnv2009@rediffmail.com, mlsatyan55@gmail.com, laurettacarvalho@gmail.com, edwinrajn@yahoo.co.in, alphonse.packyanathan@gmail.com, scariam@gmail.com, thomasnunes2151@gmail.com, cyrilsunil@gmfail.com, atulalmeida@yahoo.co.in, jude_dsz@yahoo.com, gpaulmariadoss@gmail.com, poresfernando@gmail.com, opus2frankf@gmail.com, fernandoleo74@gmail.com, getdrben@yahoo.com, hubert.didy@gmail.com, hanivictor@ymail.com, louismenezes@gmail.com, skr.light1966@gmail.com, vimpadmaraj@yahoo.com, pvmkjude@gmail.com, ashaashram@yahoo.com, formodis@gmail.com, paulraj@aspirelearning.com, cdkuruvilla@gmail.com, drgeorgeneelankavil@gmail.com, auxiliapeter@gmail.com, deva1940@gmail.com, acmichael60@gmail.com, johndayal@gmail.com, eliasvas@gmail.comcyril.vijai@gmail.com, francis.bastiyan@gmail.com, maxalphonse@gmail.com, irdtmedia@gmail.com, skr.light1966@gmail.com, ruthnaswamy@gmail.com, rohidas@wallacelabs.in, jsamuelthomas@gmail.com, kosc1947@yahoo.in, alfonsoelengikal@gmail.com, farrell.shah@gmail.com, catholic.asia@gmail.com, abpganto@gmail.com, yadanapallylouis@hotmail.com, arul.lourdu@gmail.com, sequeirarahul@yahoo.com

Dear all,

From my having been a participant in the 2019 V2RC-I/ICF consultation, and having read The Jerusalem Code, and having been a conservative Catholic apologist for almost four decades (while being trained at Catholic Bible Colleges and Schools of Evangelization, and prepared by Master of Arts examinations in Religion and Philosophy as well as in Christian Studies), and operating what is probably the largest single-person run English language Catholic web site in Australia-Africa-Asia (this ministry got the 2008 St. Pauls-CBCI New Community Bible withdrawn from circulation after a two-year crusade), I submit herewith an attachment containing excerpts from my Compendium (2021)-2.0 which has recently gone to print. The first edition “Medications and Meditations in the New Age, A Compendium of New Age Deceptions and Corresponding Church Teachings” (2019) with Forewords from an Australian archbishop and an Indian bishop and Letters of Recommendation from 19 priests is available at its cover price of Rs 800.00 from ATC (Asian Trading Corporation), Bangalore.

Obviously, the attachment will be better understood if the entire book of 106 chapters is read. The Compendium contents explain why I have included the ICF and Dharma Bharathi as “New Age”. To be more precise, the subsection on the ICF is an addition in 2.0, whereas a more concise Swami Sachidananda Bharathi’s Dharma Bharathi is included in the 2019 edition chapter 79, “New Age Peace”. In the 2.0 edition of the Compendium, in an expanded, updated form, the chapter is (new) no. 82. To assist the reader’s understanding, I have copied Chapter 26 of the Compendium in the attachment. Its contents are related (radical feminism, Pope Francis, etc.) to the V2RC-ICF chapter.

In summary, my assessment as a faithful Catholic is that the ICF is led by a liberal, dissenting group of “Catholics” who are militating for change against the 2000 year-old traditions of the Church — although some of its members may be unaware of the same, and their implications — and therefore the activities and goals of the ICF need to be examined and monitored by the Indian Bishops, some of whom were cc-ed in ICF emails and whom I have copied in this email.

On May 28, 2019, I wrote to chhotebhai and two other ICF office-bearers about my coming Compendium but none of the three replied. Again in January 2021, I wrote to chhotebhai that copies are now available. After a reminder from me, he replied that the “subject matter” of my book is “alien” to him. Maybe it isn’t! Read and find out. Your feedback, if any, is welcome for the more detailed online report that is being prepared for my web site.

Mohan Michael Prabhu, Catholic apologist, Chennai www.ephesians-511.net

ATTACHMENT: WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC)-INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-JERUSALEM CODE-CHHOTEBHAI-DHARMA BHARATHI-ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)

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Re: INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC) CONSULTATION-THE JERUSALEM CODE (JC) BOOK AUTHORED BY CHHOTEBHAI/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB)/ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)

Date:  

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:08:31 -0800 

From:  

Elias Gonsalves <eliasgonsalves4@gmail.com> 

To:  

michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net 

+ Elias Gonsalves,                         

Archbishop of Nagpur,

Archbishop’s House, Nagpur,

Mohan Nagar, Kamptee Road, 

Next to SFS School/ Church

Nagpur: 440 001. MS. India.

email: eliasg4@hotmail.com,

archbishopnagpur@gmail.com 

website:
nagpurarchdiocese.org  

Mob. 9869932641

 

Subject:  

Fwd: INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC) CONSULTATION-THE JERUSALEM CODE (JC) BOOK AUTHORED BY CHHOTEBHAI/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB)/ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)

Date:  

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:07:49 +0530 

From:  

Georgina Shenoy <georginashenoy@gmail.com> 

To:  

michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net, nuntius@apostolicnunciatureindia.com 

CC:  

noronha.kp@gmail.com, indian.catholica.forum@gmail.com, swamisachidananda@gmail.com, isaac25gomes@gmail.com, jameskottoor@gmail.com, davidlobo@deejayfarm.com, davidlobo@gmail.com, alomalobo@gmail.com, 43subhash@gmail.com, cedricprakash@gmail.com, sjprashant@gmail.com, bvadakkal@gmail.com, kattakayam@yahoo.comdevrajfernandes@gmail.com, gonsmichael@gmail.com, joemike31@rediffmail.com, gonsalvesmichael@gmail.com, francismbritto@gmail.com, frallwyn@gmail.com, imendanha@cssr.com, sureshcapuchin@gmail.com, secular@sezariworld.com, icdelhi@gmail.com, chinnaduraivincent@gmail.com, jppurackal@gmail.com, capkottayam@gmail.com, baputti@gmail.com, newleadereditor@gmail.com, frgnani@gmail.com, usmindore93@gmail.com, joyprakash.ofm@gmail.com, mamaladoss@hotmail.com, mamaladoss@gmail.com, manisharscj@gmail.com, mgonsal@gmail.com, fcrklprovince@gmail.com, schinna33@gmail.com, tessyvm@gmail.com, kaviyil@gmail.com, antoakkara@protonmail.com, rene.reid@catholicchurchreformintl.org, womenscollective1@gmail.com, aicuadmin@groups.live.com, lancydcunha@hotmail.com, jamessylvester.1325@rediffmail.com, voiceofthefaithful@rediffmail.com, joypalekkudy@gmail.com, joypal@nonviolence.com, lucilekuriakose98@gmail.com, nocermathew@gmail.com, macwankj@gmail.com, romesh.niven@gmail.com, drsalamirene27@gmail.com, percivalholt@gmail.com, presidenticymccbi@gmail.com, fanathan@gmail.com, newlifepeoplesparty@gmail.com,blaise@gmizm.com, dr_priyajohn2004@yahoo.co.in, raynahbraganzapassanha@gmail.com, itsamanassociate@gmail.com, brindaadige@gmail.com, angelinajasnani@gmail.com, tsshelvi@gmail.com, laitylawrence@yahoo.com, adatgupta@rediffmail.com, mabspalat@gmail.com, xf65828@gmail.com, bhanu.murmu@sbi.co.in, bhanu_murmu1@rediffmail.com, maryanvrodriques@gmail.com, fgomes50@rediffmail.com, prakashlobo1988@gmail.com, srozario0@gmail.com, neljo87@gmail.com, vincent.bagul@gmail.com, campoojoachim2@gmail.comwbcw.org@gmail.com, gnanam2710@gmail.com, brinelledsouza@gmail.com, anthoni.cvrayan@gmail.com, anthoni.cv.rayan@gmail.com, chackokj18@gmail.com, clarencedunn53@gmail.com, kandathil@gmail.com, francisuru@gmail.com, jaignatius@gmail.com, jmmpalay@gmail.com, johnv2009@rediffmail.com, mlsatyan55@gmail.com, laurettacarvalho@gmail.com, edwinrajn@yahoo.co.in, alphonse.packyanathan@gmail.com, scariam@gmail.com, thomasnunes2151@gmail.com, cyrilsunil@gmfail.com, atulalmeida@yahoo.co.in, jude_dsz@yahoo.com, gpaulmariadoss@gmail.com, poresfernando@gmail.com, opus2frankf@gmail.com, fernandoleo74@gmail.com, getdrben@yahoo.com, hubert.didy@gmail.com, hanivictor@ymail.com, louismenezes@gmail.com, skr.light1966@gmail.com, vimpadmaraj@yahoo.com, pvmkjude@gmail.com, ashaashram@yahoo.com, formodis@gmail.com, paulraj@aspirelearning.com, cdkuruvilla@gmail.com, drgeorgeneelankavil@gmail.com, auxiliapeter@gmail.com, deva1940@gmail.com, acmichael60@gmail.com, johndayal@gmail.com, eliasvas@gmail.comcyril.vijai@gmail.com, francis.bastiyan@gmail.com, maxalphonse@gmail.com, irdtmedia@gmail.com, skr.light1966@gmail.com, ruthnaswamy@gmail.com, rohidas@wallacelabs.in, jsamuelthomas@gmail.com, kosc1947@yahoo.in, alfonsoelengikal@gmail.com, farrell.shah@gmail.com, catholic.asia@gmail.com, abpganto@gmail.com, yadanapallylouis@hotmail.com, arul.lourdu@gmail.com, sequeirarahul@yahoo.com

THIS ALTERNATIVE EMAIL (MY WIFE’S) ID BEING USED BECAUSE BULK MAILING IS NOT WORKING FOR michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net SINCE LAST EVENING.

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INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC) CONSULTATION-THE JERUSALEM CODE (JC) BOOK AUTHORED BY CHHOTEBHAI/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB)/ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)

Date:  

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:35:55 +0530 

From:  

michaelprabhu <michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net>

To:  

diocesebombay@gmail.com, abpossie@gmail.com, secretarygeneral@cbci.in, archbp.48@gmail.com, secretarygeneralcbci@gmail.com, cbcisec@gmail.com, dysecretarygeneral@cbci.in, jerviscd@gmail.com, crinational@gmail.com, jmannath@gmail.com, councilforwomencbci@gmail.com, comwomencbci@gmail.com, ccwicouncil@gmail.com, cridelhi@gmail.com, tamalanfsc@gmail.com, manjalyraphy@gmail.com, kalistfrancis@gmail.com, mrtdiocese@gmail.com, nagpurarchdiocese@gmail.com, eliasgonsalves4@gmail.com, dioceseofgorakhpur@gmail.com, bpthomascst@gmail.com, officeofarchbishop@gmail.com, ajtcouto@gmail.com, archbishoppatna@gmail.com, abpwilliamsj@gmail.com, archdagra@gmail.com, archbpagra@gmail.com, lucknowdiocese@gmail.com, gjmathias@rediffmail.com, fabccentral@yahoo.com, bpjosephkariyil@gmail.com, calcuttaarch@gmail.com, abpthomasdsouza@gmail.com

 

THIS EMAIL WITH ATTACHED WORD FILE SENT TO ALL OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH AND/OR NAMED IN ICF/V2RC/JC/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB) RECENT LITERATURE/CORRESPONDENCE… AND A FEW IN THE CHURCH HIERARCHY WHO NEED TO BE MADE AWARE OF THE INFORMATION THEREIN

Dear all,

From my having been a participant in the 2019 V2RC-I/ICF consultation, and having read The Jerusalem Code, and having been a conservative Catholic apologist for almost four decades (while being trained at Catholic Bible Colleges and Schools of Evangelization, and prepared by Master of Arts examinations in Religion and Philosophy as well as in Christian Studies), and operating what is probably the largest single-person run English language Catholic web site in Australia-Africa-Asia (this ministry got the 2008 St. Pauls-CBCI New Community Bible withdrawn from circulation after a two-year crusade), I submit herewith an attachment containing excerpts from my Compendium (2021)-2.0 which has recently gone to print. The first edition “Medications and Meditations in the New Age, A Compendium of New Age Deceptions and Corresponding Church Teachings” (2019) with Forewords from an Australian archbishop and an Indian bishop and Letters of Recommendation from 19 priests is available at its cover price of Rs 800.00 from ATC (Asian Trading Corporation), Bangalore.

Obviously, the attachment will be better understood if the entire book of 106 chapters is read. The Compendium contents explain why I have included the ICF and Dharma Bharathi as “New Age”. To be more precise, the subsection on the ICF is an addition in 2.0, whereas a more concise Swami Sachidananda Bharathi’s Dharma Bharathi is included in the 2019 edition chapter 79, “New Age Peace”. In the 2.0 edition of the Compendium, in an expanded, updated form, the chapter is (new) no. 82. To assist the reader’s understanding, I have copied Chapter 26 of the Compendium in the attachment. Its contents (Green Religion, Ecofeminism, Pope Francis the New Age Pope and his Amazon Synod, etc.) are related to the V2RC-ICF chapter. Chapter 62 of the Compendium is also in the attachment.

In summary, my assessment as a faithful Catholic is that the ICF is led by a liberal, dissenting group of “Catholics” who are militating for change against the 2000 year-old traditions of the Church — although some of its members may be unaware of the same, and their implications — and therefore the activities and goals of the ICF need to be examined and monitored by the Indian Bishops, some of whom were cc-ed in ICF emails and whom I have copied in this email.

On May 28, 2019, I wrote to chhotebhai and two other ICF office-bearers about my coming Compendium but none of the three replied. Again in January 2021, I wrote to chhotebhai that copies are now available. After a reminder from me, he replied that the “subject matter” of my book is “alien” to him. Maybe it isn’t! Read and find out. Your feedback, if any, is welcome for the more detailed online report that is being prepared for my web site.

Mohan Michael Prabhu, Catholic apologist, Chennai www.ephesians-511.net

ATTACHMENT: WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC)-INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-JERUSALEM CODE-CHHOTEBHAI-DHARMA BHARATHI-ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)

From: Michael G. <gonsmichael@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 5:10 PM
Subject: Re: Fwd: INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC) CONSULTATION-THE JERUSALEM CODE (JC) BOOK AUTHORED BY CHHOTEBHAI/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB)/ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)
To: <georginashenoy@gmail.com>

*Fr. Michael G.*
*Ex-Director Catechetics, NBCLC & Marathi Khristi Sahitya Parishad. *
*Guide, Jeevan Jyoti Sangh, Catechetical Centre. 

Address: St. Paul’s Church, Nan-bhat, Sopara-Vasai (N), Maharashtra 401203, India.

* Mobile: 9326433487/8999067253.*
*Activities:*
Writing to News papers.

Revision of the book “JIVANACHA SHILPAKAR”.

Lecturing & preaching.  

 

Subject:  

Kindly delete 

Date:  

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 14:32:44 +0100 

From:  

John Baptist <baputti@gmail.com> 

To:  

michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net 

Dear Br. Michael Prabhu,

Greetings of peace and love.

I am not involved in any of these literary activities and communications and am not in the hierarchy of the Church. So may I request you to delete my contact ID from your contact list.

Thanking you in advance,

Fraternally,

Br. John Baptist.

Subject:  

Re: Kindly delete 

Date:

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 20:13:31 +0530 

From:  

michaelprabhu <michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net> 

To:  

John Baptist <baputti@gmail.com> 

You signed as “Br.” but chhotebhai in a trailing Feb 7, 2020 letter to you has addressed you as a “Reverend” and claims to be a Friar Minor himself:

To

Rev John Baptist Ofm.Cap

General Councillor for India

Order of Friars Minor (Capuchin)

Rome

baputti@gmail.com

From: Manisha Gonsalves <manisharscj@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC) CONSULTATION-THE JERUSALEM CODE (JC) BOOK AUTHORED BY CHHOTEBHAI/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB)/ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)
To: Georgina Shenoy <georginashenoy@gmail.com>

Kindly take me off your mailing list. 

May God bless you!

Sr. Manisha

Subject:  

Remove name 

Date:  

Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:10:39 +0530 

From:  

Aloma Lobo <alomalobo@gmail.com>

To:  

michaelprabhu@ephesians-511.net 

Kindly remove my name from your mailing list.
Thank you
Aloma Lobo [Aloma Lobo is the wife of David Lobo]
Sent from my iPhone

From:
David Lobo <davidlobo@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 4:13 AM
Subject: Re: INDIAN CATHOLIC FORUM (ICF)-WE TOO ARE CHURCH (V2RC) CONSULTATION-THE JERUSALEM CODE (JC) BOOK AUTHORED BY CHHOTEBHAI/DHARMA BHARATHI (DB)/ALMAYASABDAM (CHURCH CITIZEN’S VOICE, DR. JAMES KOTTOOR)
To: Georgina Shenoy <georginashenoy@gmail.com>

Are you a fan of Michael Prabhu?  I am always nervous of extreme points of view.  He has some.  However I am aware of some of the good work he has done.

Kindly remove both my addresses from this list.

David



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