The title of this post comes from the blog The Recovering Dissident Catholic. Mordant commentary to be sure. Dead on.
My emphases and comments.
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I find it interesting that supposed Catholic parishes charge up to 3 figures for yoga, enneagram, tai-chi, labyrinth, channeling, reiki and other New Age non-Catholic (and in my opinion and in the opinion of other like,oh ,the USCCB) “classes” held on parish grounds or in the Church. I once attended yoga classes in the main church itself. It was a church with moving chairs so they moved them and set up the mats. I’m not kidding.
Yet Bible studies, RCIA, marriage prep are free or low cost – read they charge less than the fees collected by the New Age “experts”.
Don’t forget Confession and Mass don’t cost you any money except may cost your mortal soul – priceless
I don’t get why these New Age practitioners are making money in our parishes teaching stuff that in my personal experience flirts with powers and forces that should be left alone and encourages people to believe they need these “fillers” because Catholicism is lacking. [NB….] Or, it cements the belief of those who think Catholicism is lacking by telling them they are right. [Bullseye.] I maintain that anyone, and I used to be one, who thinks Catholicism is lacking really has not even begun to scratch the surface of the treasury of the Faith.
Let me be even more frank: Why are we letting heretics teach this crap in our churches? Why not just hand Satan the keys and walk away?
I don’t think there is any harm to learning how to stretch and strengthen through moves or stances of yoga or tai-chi so long as nothing of the religion/world view is given any “energy”. (Sorry… I had to.) The enneagram and labyrinth and reiki stuff is just silly, though that reiki thing is on the edge from what I know about it (which admittedly isn’t much). Channeling? If you go anywhere near that you are out of your ever-living mind.
Most people who do this rubbish in their churches are not actually trying to give Satan a toe-hold. But when these activities are permitted in church you can bet the pastor’s grasp of the Catholic thing is pretty thin.