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Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian Reflection on the New Age
The Holy See ^ | February 3, 2003 | Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

Posted on 02/03/2003 11:50:30 AM PST by Loyalist

FOREWORD

The present study is concerned with the complex phenomenon of “New Age” which is influencing many aspects of contemporary culture.

The study is a provisional report. It is the fruit of the common reflection of the Working Group on New Religious Movements, composed of staff members of different dicasteries of the Holy See: the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue (which are the principal redactors for this project), the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

These reflections are offered primarily to those engaged in pastoral work so that they might be able to explain how the New Age movement differs from the Christian faith. This study invites readers to take account of the way that New Age religiosity addresses the spiritual hunger of contemporary men and women. It should be recognized that the attraction that New Age religiosity has for some Christians may be due in part to the lack of serious attention in their own communities for themes which are actually part of the Catholic synthesis such as the importance of man' spiritual dimension and its integration with the whole of life, the search for life's meaning, the link between human beings and the rest of creation, the desire for personal and social transformation, and the rejection of a rationalistic and materialistic view of humanity.

The present publication calls attention to the need to know and understand New Age as a cultural current, as well as the need for Catholics to have an understanding of authentic Catholic doctrine and spirituality in order to properly assess New Age themes. The first two chapters present New Age as a multifaceted cultural tendency, proposing an analysis of the basic foundations of the thought conveyed in this context. From Chapter Three onwards some indications are offered for an investigation of New Age in comparison with the Christian message. Some suggestions of a pastoral nature are also made.

Those who wish to go deeper into the study of New Age will find useful references in the appendices. It is hoped that this work will in fact provide a stimulus for further studies adapted to different cultural contexts. Its purpose is also to encourage discernment by those who are looking for sound reference points for a life of greater fulness. It is indeed our conviction that through many of our contemporaries who are searching, we can discover a true thirst for God. As Pope John Paul II said to a group of bishops from the United States: “Pastors must honestly ask whether they have paid sufficient attention to the thirst of the human heart for the true 'living water' which only Christ our Redeemer can give (cf. Jn 4:7-13)”. Like him, we want to rely “on the perennial freshness of the Gospel message and its capacity to transform and renew those who accept it” (AAS 86/4, 330).

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1 posted on 02/03/2003 11:50:30 AM PST by Loyalist
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To: aeiou; Alberta's Child; Aloysius; AniGrrl; Aristophanes; Bellarmine; Dajjal; Domestic Church; ...
PINGUS AD OMNES

And now over to the panel of experts for their comments!

2 posted on 02/03/2003 11:53:44 AM PST by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist
Very good stuff. The report effectively describes many subtle and difficult-to-describe characteristics of New Age mentality. I especially liked this paragraph, which, if you have had prior exposure to New Agers, you will immediately recognize as spot-on:
Phenomena as diverse as the Findhorn garden and Feng Shui 23 represent a variety of ways which illustrate the importance of being in tune with nature or the cosmos. In New Age there is no distinction between good and evil. Human actions are the fruit of either illumination or ignorance. Hence we cannot condemn anyone, and nobody needs forgiveness. Believing in the existence of evil can create only negativity and fear. The answer to negativity is love. But it is not the sort which has to be translated into deeds; it is more a question of attitudes of mind.

3 posted on 02/03/2003 1:05:31 PM PST by Ethan Clive Osgoode
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To: Loyalist; .45MAN; AKA Elena; al_c; american colleen; Angelus Errare; Antoninus; aposiopetic; ...
I was just checking to see if this was posted yet...good reading for my upcoming trip to Florida (I'll be offline starting Wed nite for a week, folks).

pinging

4 posted on 02/03/2003 1:22:14 PM PST by Polycarp
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To: Loyalist
Wow, what a find! I haven't finished reading it (I need to get back to work!) but it is fascinating. I have a Protestant Christian friend who doesn't understand why Yoga is not OK, if you're a Christian and "not suspectible" to new age stuff. I'm going to finish reading this tonight and maybe I'll have an answer for her!
5 posted on 02/03/2003 1:55:13 PM PST by Gophack
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To: Loyalist
I read it. I was less than impressed. It was nothing more than an attempt to connect everything under the sun as "New Age". Nutritional therapies are New Age? Puleez. Conservative Catholics on this site use them. Caring for one's health and well-being is not New Age, it is tending the temple of the Spirit.

I was hoping for something more theologically inclined and perhaps an explanation of why Buddha on the Altar is not appropriate. Instead, it was nothing more than a hit piece and a refusal to look in the ecclesiastical mirror. They should have consulted people who understood the arena before writing this.

This will not go over well in the Catholic community at large, for a lot of reasons.

6 posted on 02/03/2003 3:34:48 PM PST by Scupoli
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To: Scupoli; Loyalist; ultima ratio
I was less than impressed. It was nothing more than an attempt to connect everything under the sun as "New Age".

I agree with you. Did you happen to notice that in Section 8.1.: "Documents of the Catholic Church's Magisterium" no document sourced is dated earlier than 1989?

7 posted on 02/03/2003 8:05:40 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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To: Land of the Irish
I didn't catch that. You have a good eye for the finer details.

The more I think about this, the more disturbed I am by it. Given the current situation in the Church, the neglect and dismantling of our mystical and deep spiritual traditions in favor of bland and insipid substitutes, why IS the Vatican surprised at the attraction to the New Age movement? What are they doing to stem the tide? Do they even understand it? I'm afraid they have lost moral authority with the scandals and any document along these lines will simply be laughed off. What I am more afraid of is they are unaware of our Spiritual Traditions which could bring in the lost and spiritually searching.

8 posted on 02/03/2003 9:26:17 PM PST by Scupoli
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To: Scupoli; Land of the Irish
I read it. I was less than impressed. It was nothing more than an attempt to connect everything under the sun as "New Age". Nutritional therapies are New Age? Puleez.

I concur. A very uneven, but mostly inadequate treatment of the subject.

Seems to rely too heavily on Marilyn Ferguson, who has a similarly superficial outlook.

No mention at all of the Qabbalah. No mention of the Order of the Golden Dawn. No mention of Aleister Crowley. No mention of the star Sirius.

Even Freemasonry gets just 3 mentions in passing, nothing in depth. They don't even make the cut for the glossary.

Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a "New Age book"? LOL! Did they even buy a copy?

Don't drink any herbal tea!

Very strange!

9 posted on 02/03/2003 9:48:50 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: Polycarp
THanks for the bump to this this is going on paper for reading and re-reading...
10 posted on 02/04/2003 12:09:09 AM PST by .45MAN
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To: Dajjal
I was just reading a review of that book on Amazon and thinking of buying it. It doesn't sound new agey it does sound like a, ahem, paradigm hijacked BY the New agers.

I am pursuing a Masters in Religious Ed and my cohorts in the course are so pathetically ignorant about their faith, it's sad. It's all me, me, me. Not God, God, Go, and his mercy towards me as revealed by His Son and the gift of Grace. V's wife.

11 posted on 02/04/2003 7:25:19 AM PST by ventana
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To: Dajjal; Scupoli; Land of the Irish; Polycarp; Desdemona; Gophack; Salvation; patent; WriteOn; ...
Scupoli,Land of the Irish, Dajjal

If there are two or more interpretations of a text, choose that interpretation which is more plausible. Such is the principle of charity in matters of interpretation. Why not say this: they merely cited Kuhn's definition of paradigm because the they think the term is used by the New Age people in that sense? They were not at all saying that Kuhn himself was a New Ager. I do not doubt that the folks who drew up the document have read their Kuhn. Or do you think you are the only one in the Church who has read Kuhn?

And yes, they connected everything under the sun to New Age, because everything under the sun figures into worldviews. That is what a worldview is, an all embracing comprehensive account of reality as a whole. And that is what New Age is, a cultural movement that is seeking to formulate an alternative worldview. Furthemore, by being so comprehensive, the Church is demanding that people critically reflect upon everything in their lives and purge from our lives all that does not come from Christ.

As for herbal therapies, I do not think they are talking about taking herbal cold-medicine or using nutritional supplements, or programs, as relief from chronic pain. They are talking about the ritualistic use of these things for the sake of acquiring enlightenment about one's inner self, as a program for finding the meaning of life. How many Freepers do that? (there are other things to which New Agers put such things to use).

I am surprised that you folks are not happier that they acknowledged a big problem within the Church and are doing something about it. Listen to what they write:

"It must unfortunately be admitted that there are too many cases where Catholic centres of spirituality are actively involved in diffusing New Age religiosity in the Church. This would of course have to be corrected, not only to stop the spread of confusion and error, but also so that they might be effective in promoting true Christian spirituality." section 6.2

As for the remark about resources within the Catholic tradition for attracting these people to Christ, the document says:

"The beginning of the Third Millennium offers a real kairos for evangelisation. People's minds and hearts are already unusually open to reliable information on the Christian understanding of time and salvation history. Emphasising what is lacking in other approaches should not be the main priority. It is more a question of constantly revisiting the sources of our own faith, so that we can offer a good, sound presentation of the Christian message. We can be proud of what we have been given on trust, so we need to resist the pressures of the dominant culture to bury these gifts (cf. Mt 25.24-30). One of the most useful tools available is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is also an immense heritage of ways to holiness in the lives of Christian men and women past and present. Where Christianity's rich symbolism, and its artistic, aesthetical and musical traditions are unknown or have been forgotten, there is much work to be done for Christians themselves, and ultimately also for anyone searching for an experience or a greater awareness of God's presence. Dialogue between Christians and people attracted to the New Age will be more successful if it takes into account the appeal of what touches the emotions and symbolic language." section 6.2

In this last excerpt, there is a direct appeal to draw upon the traditions of the Church precisely as effective forms of personal spiritual development and as means for reaching out.

So we have condemnations of certain novelties and appeals to tradition, and you people are dissapointed with the document?

It seems to me that most of you have not read the document carefully, or not read it charitably. As for me, I am deeply impressed with the document. It rings true to much of what I have experienced with New Agers, acknowledges problems in the Church, gives a good description of the relationship between New Age and Gnosticism, sets the movement within its larger philosophical context, including the damnable portions of modernity, urges us to employ traditional devotions, is setting up to rollback new age retreat centers, and sets a course for dealing with the vast influence of New Age. My only complaint is that it is twenty five years too late. But better late than never. Some people, relying upon this document, will be a part of the solution. Others will just bitch.

12 posted on 02/04/2003 8:01:09 AM PST by pseudo-justin
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To: pseudo-justin
It seemed to me that the emphasis was to not place the New Age ideals and practices above God and the Church. It took forever to get that point, but that seemed to be it.

I'll have to print it out and read it again. But, it seemed to be a re-emphasis of what's been taught all along.
13 posted on 02/04/2003 8:06:44 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Desdemona; Polycarp
ABC News reports:

It is not considered to be the Vatican's final word on the New Age issue. A definitive document will be issued once the Vatican receives feedback from diocese to the provisional one issued Monday, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said.

This is a provisional draft of a more definitive document yet to come. I think the document talks about several things in New Age that are flatly incompatible with the Catholic faith. See especially the questions to be used for discernment that are provided in section 4. This is mostly repetitive for those who are well formed Catholics, but not for those who are steeped in New Age thought and confused by it. Also, section 4 brings into focus those specific points that might otherwise be difficult for faithful Catholics to articulate. Section 7 reduces this polymorphous spirituality to a definite intellectual position, even if variations on the theme are numerous.

The new age nuns should be concerned about this document.

14 posted on 02/04/2003 8:37:23 AM PST by pseudo-justin
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To: pseudo-justin
The new age nuns should be concerned about this document.

I was so tired when I read it last night, I didn't digest much of it well, but it just seemed like a re-emphasis of current teaching. That which the New Age nuns ignore.
15 posted on 02/04/2003 8:42:57 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: pseudo-justin
Thanks for the clarification you've provided on this. I'm going to print it out and read it on paper for a fuller understanding as I "get it" better on paper than on a screen.

I've been exposed to a lot of New Age stuff over the years... people don't even realize what they are doing, so it is good that the paper seems to be fairly specific and hopefully there will be no question of what comprises "New Age" spirituality.

I'd posit that almost anything that leaves the traditional fullness of the faith in search of Him, could be linked to New Age. It is almost like we are looking beyond Catholicism and expecting to find Truth - usually within ourselves as He does dwell in us - and that is the starting point for New Agers. Sadly, a lot of the clergy are infected with this to some degree. When they jettison a lot of the traditions of prayer of the Church, they are forced to look elsewhere.

I did not see "centering prayer" mentioned in the paper - wish they had done so. I'd also link inclusive language here as well.

16 posted on 02/04/2003 8:58:44 AM PST by american colleen (Christe Eleison!)
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To: Desdemona
That which the New Age nuns ignore.

Yes, but now it is spelled out for them and it gives us something to hand to them when they start to infect others. Wish I had had this last fall when a couple of New Agers (a priest and a nun) were invited in to lead our parish in a parish retreat, I woulda handed it to them. They are the authors of books on enneagrams and centering prayer - connected with Basil Pennington. I'm tellin' ya, it was scary. Scarier yet, I don't believe most/all the parishioners were aware they were being drawn into the snare. Which is what it is.

I was forced to walk past the nun on my way out one day... she looked me in the eyes and I shivered. Honest. I will never forget her eyes.

17 posted on 02/04/2003 9:03:28 AM PST by american colleen (Christe Eleison!)
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To: pseudo-justin
Thanks for saying it!
18 posted on 02/04/2003 10:05:02 AM PST by WriteOn
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To: pseudo-justin
I went back and read it again. I wish I hadn't. It gave me a major headache. First off, it seems to have been written by at least 2, possibly 3 different people. The writing styles differ within the document. There is one style which is able to explain certain ideas in a logical manner but unfortunately, this is all too brief and sporadic. Like I said before, the rest of the article seems to want to hit on topic after topic within the span of one paragraph simply to condemn them with no deeper exploration of the topic. That lacks credibility in several ways.

I'm sorry, but due to times we live in I am not going to make any automatic assumptions about anything. I am evaluating the article on its merits. It comes up lacking in many ways. Parts of it show a deep lack of understanding of the issues at hand. Add this to the low level of credibility which the Church has fallen to in light of recent scandals and this document is classified as a bomb. Anyone who is pursuing a New Age path will simply laugh at it while those who have an understanding of it will be embarrassed by it. It is evident the authors have not studied the situation first hand but are relying on books which are opinions of their authors. The scholarship here is lacking. I could drive a truck through all the holes.

19 posted on 02/04/2003 12:31:58 PM PST by Scupoli
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To: pseudo-justin
Why not say this: they merely cited Kuhn's definition of paradigm because the they think the term is used by the New Age people in that sense? They were not at all saying that Kuhn himself was a New Ager.

Yes, they are saying that Kuhn's book is a "New Age Book."

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html
9 GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
9.1. Some New Age books

William Bloom, The New Age. An Anthology of Essential Writings, London (Rider) 1991.
Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism, Berkeley (Shambhala) 1975.
Fritjof Capra, The Turning Point: Science, Society and the Rising Culture, Toronto (Bantam) 1983.
Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, London (Tara Press) 1979.
Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy. Personal and Social Transformation in Our Time, Los Angeles (Tarcher) 1980.
Chris Griscom, Ecstasy is a New Frequency: Teachings of the Light Institute, New York (Simon & Schuster) 1987.
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Chicago (University of Chicago Press) 1970.
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20 posted on 02/04/2003 1:01:39 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: Dajjal; Scupoli
Dajjal, thanks for pointing out that they included Kuhn in the section on New Age books. That is definitely problematic. Just because the New Agers use the term paradigm does not make Kuhn a new age theorist. I did not look at the book list...

Scupoli, you say you can run a truck through some of the holes in the document. Well, ABC News reports: It is not considered to be the Vatican's final word on the New Age issue. A definitive document will be issued once the Vatican receives feedback from diocese to the provisional one issued Monday, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said.

If you think you can run a truck through the holes, why don't you point out all, or at least the biggest, holes and submit what you think to the Congregation. Perhaps the final document will be better off for your having done so. I will certainly be writing to urge that Kuhn be taken off the book list.

Also, let us remember that the aims of the Congregation in producing the document are not always the aims that the reader has. The Congregation is trying to give a general guideline for discernment to Bishops, not produce a treatise on New Age thinking that gives academically precise refutations in all of the technical details. That job is up to experts among the faithful...

The criticisms that both of you raised remind me of the criticisms that were raised against Pascendi when it first came out. Pascendi was roundly criticized for not accurately representing the views of the modernists. But really, Pius X was not trying to give an academic treatise. He was out to summarize a movement, in a general way for the faithful, and resist the basic thrust. When it comes to Modernism and the New Age movement, the devil is not in the details.

As for the idea that the Church has no credibility right now because of all the scandals, I am not sure what to say. Do you think that the Vatican should stop issuing documents because the American Bishops are messed up? To say that the Church lacks credibility and therefore should not issue any documents is a view that, if acted upon, would ensure that the Church remains stuck without credibility. If they do nothing until the world first decides the Church is credible, then credibility will never be recovered, for people who do nothing lack credibility.

21 posted on 02/04/2003 2:57:00 PM PST by pseudo-justin
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To: pseudo-justin
The Congregation is trying to give a general guideline for discernment to Bishops, not produce a treatise on New Age thinking that gives academically precise refutations in all of the technical details.

Then they should have mailed it to them personally. The fact that they held a news conference and released it publicly says it is intended for the general public. It also tells me they are putting a canary down to test the mine.

That job is up to experts among the faithful

That's the troubling part. Leaders should lead, and if they can't then they shouldn't be leading or issuing documents. By their positions it behooves them to be educated on this subject. If people are wondering and looking for guidance, this provides none but reasserts that "yes, you should wonder and look for guidance." That doesn't help.

No, I don't think the Church should stop issuing documents or writing encyclicals. I do think they need to better educate themselves and clean up the House before throwing condemnations around. The world doesn't have to decree the Church credible again, but looking inside the glass house it is awful dirty. It doesn't inspire anyone to put their own house in order nor does it offer any guidance as to what a clean and orderly home should look like.

22 posted on 02/04/2003 3:15:00 PM PST by Scupoli
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To: Scupoli
I do think they need to better educate themselves and clean up the House

I agree. But is this document not part of the housecleaning? Why else, in section 6.2, do they say that the retreat centers will have to stop promoting this garbage? And issuing the document publicly, with Navarro-Valls telling the press that it is provisional, will help them get the reaction necessary to write an even better document. If you think you can educate Rome about a thing or two, and perhaps you can on this matter, I honestly think you should submit what you think to the Congregation (and the CDF too).

Also, section four says more than "get guidance". It lists several questions which, if applied in practice, will help the person to eliminate virtualy all of the New Age theory out there, will it not? Of course, the whole movement is essentially idiosyncratic--each individual sort of making up his own concoction of religious views as he goes. So individuals might be able to spin things differently, but does the section not give easiy applied ways of ruling out alot of garbage?

As I see it, this document, coming on the heels of the CDF's Note on politicians, the recent move to banish transsexuals from the religious life and priesthood (a first step),and the forthcoming document on gays in the priesthood, all these signs spell that Rome is slowly, perhaps even imperceptibly slowly, cleaning house...

23 posted on 02/04/2003 3:55:43 PM PST by pseudo-justin
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To: pseudo-justin
Well, the Church doesn't care what the laity think and they certainly don't care what I think. But, had I been writing this article I would have started with two major points: the notion of 'Christ consciousness' and the New Age belief that Jesus was merely one of many avatars or wise men as opposed to being the Messiah. Also, I would address the concept of 'channeling' and its well known dangers to the psyche and spirit.

They need to streamline this document. New Age is a pan-spirituality which believes "I'm okay, you're okay", there is no 'sin' but all is learning. There's another point to hit. In this document they tried to cover too much territory. New Age actually encompasses some very old teachings which are not new at all. It is very much a cafeteria type spirituality. If the Vatican wants to take issue with other pieces then that needs to be done in separate documents. The things I mentioned are hallmarks of New Age though.

24 posted on 02/04/2003 7:43:41 PM PST by Scupoli
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To: Scupoli
What I forgot to add is I think they need to show how New Age beliefs are incompatible with Christianity and Catholicism in particular. They need to delve deeper into the 'how' and 'why' of it. They need to make their case from the perspective of Tradition and Scripture.
25 posted on 02/04/2003 7:46:35 PM PST by Scupoli
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To: Loyalist
Love and Honor God and Not Mother Earth, the sun or moon, yes thank him for those gifts to us, but only worship and put your faith and trust in God.

III. "YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME"

2110 The first commandment forbids honoring gods other than the one Lord who has revealed himself to his people. It proscribes superstition and irreligion. Superstition in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion; irreligion is the vice contrary by defect to the virtue of religion.

Superstition

2111 Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.41

Idolatry

2112 The first commandment condemns polytheism. It requires man neither to believe in, nor to venerate, other divinities than the one true God. Scripture constantly recalls this rejection of "idols, [of] silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see." These empty idols make their worshippers empty: "Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them."42 God, however, is the "living God"43 who gives life and intervenes in history.

2113 Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, "You cannot serve God and mammon."44 Many martyrs died for not adoring "the Beast"45 refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.46

2114 Human life finds its unity in the adoration of the one God. The commandment to worship the Lord alone integrates man and saves him from an endless disintegration. Idolatry is a perversion of man's innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who "transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God."47

Divination and magic

2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity.
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Deuteronomy Chapter 18: 9-14

9 "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.
26 posted on 04/04/2003 7:54:42 PM PST by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO Xlll ON SOCIALISM
DECEMBER 28, 1878
http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Leo13/l13apost.htm
 
NOSTIS ET NOBISCUM
ON THE CHURCH IN THE PONTIFICAL STATES
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS IX
DECEMBER 8, 1849
http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius09/p9nostis.htm
 
QUADRAGESIMO ANNO
ON RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SOCIAL ORDER
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS Xl MAY 15, 1931
http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius11/P11QUADR.HTM
 
GRAVES DE COMMUNI RE
Encyclical of Pope leo XIII on Christian Democracy
January 18, 1901
http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Leo13/l13grcom.htm
 
MATER ET MAGISTRA
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE JOHN XXIII ON MAY 15, 1961
http://www.papalencyclicals.net/John23/j23mater.htm
 
Part of the 45 Goals of Communism
 
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
 
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
 
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
 
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
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Lucis Trust - The Spiritual Foundation of the United Nations
UN Logo

33 Segments surrounded by sprigs of acacia
'Welcome to the United Nations. It's your World'...

By, Atrayu

The Spiritual Foundation of the United Nations

The Lucis Trust

UN Meditation Room The Lucis Trust is the Publishing House which prints and disseminates United Nations material. It is a devastating indictment of the New Age and Pagan nature of the UN. Lucis Trust was established in 1922 as Lucifer Trust by Alice Bailey as the publishing company to disseminate the books of Bailey and Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. The title page of Alice Bailey's book, 'Initiation, Human and Solar' was originally printed in 1922, and clearly shows the publishing house as 'Lucifer Publishing CoIn 1923. Bailey changed the name to Lucis Trust, because Lucifer Trust revealed the true nature of the New Age Movement too clearly. (Constance Cumbey, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 49). A quick trip to any New Age bookstore will reveal that many of the hard-core New Age books are published by Lucis Trust.

At one time, the Lucis Trust office in New York was located at 866 United Nations Plaza and is a member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under a slick program called "World Goodwill". In an Alice Bailey book called "Education for a New Age"; she suggests that in the new age "World Citizenship should be the goal of the enlightened, with a world federation and a world brain." In other words - a One World Government New World Order.

Luci's Trust is sponsored by among others Robert McNamara, former minister of Defence in the USA, president of the World Bank, member of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Thomas Watson (IBM, former ambassador in Moscow). Luci's Trust sponsors among others the following organizations: UN, Greenpeace Int., Greenpeace USA, Amnesty Int. and UNICEF.

The United Nations has long been one of the foremost world harbingers for the "New Spirituality" and the gathering "New World Order" based on ancient occult and freemasonic principles. Seven years after the birth of the UN, a book was published by the theosophist and founder of the Lucis Trust, Alice Bailey, claiming that "Evidence of the growth of the human intellect along the needed receptive lines [for the preparation of the New Age] can be seen in the "planning" of various nations and in the efforts of the United Nations to formulate a world plan... From the very start of this unfoldment, three occult factors have governed the development of all these plans". [Alice B. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age (Lucis Press, 1955), Vol. II, p.35.]

Although she did not spell out clearly the identity of these 'three occult factors', she did reveal to her students that "Within the United Nations is the germ and seed of a great international and meditating, reflective group - a group of thinking and informed men and women in whose hands lies the destiny of humanity. This is largely under the control of many fourth ray disciples, if you could but realise it, and their point of meditative focus is the intuitional or Buddhic plane - the plane upon which all hierarchical activity is today to be found'. [Ibid. p.220.]

To this end, the Lucis Trust, under the leadership of Foster and Alice Bailey, started a group called 'World Goodwill' - an official non-governmental organization within the United Nations. The stated aim of this group is "to cooperate in the world of preparation for the reappearance of the Christ" [One Earth, the magazine of the Findhorn Foundation, October/November 1986, Vol. 6, Issue 6, p.24.]

But the esoteric work inside the UN does not stop with such recognized occult groupings. Much of the impetus for this process was initiated through the officership of two Secretary-Generals of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld (held office: 1953-1961) and U Thant (held office: 1961-1971) who succeeded him, and one Assistant Secretary-general, Dr. Robert Muller. In a book written to celebrate the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin (and edited by Robert Muller), it is revealed "Dag Hammarskjöld, the rational Nordic economist, had ended up as a mystic. He too held at the end of his life that spirituality was the ultimate key to our earthly fate in time and space". [Robert Muller (ed.), The Desire to be Human: A Global Reconnaissance of Human Perspectives in an Age of Transformation (Miranana, 1983), p.304.]

Sri Chinmoy, the New Age guru, meditation leader at the UN, wrote: "the United Nations is the chosen instrument of God; to be a chosen instrument means to be a divine messenger carrying the banner of God's inner vision and outer manifestation."

William Jasper, author of "A New World Religion" describes the religion of the UN: "...a weird and diabolical convergence of New Age mysticism, pantheism, aboriginal animism atheism, communism, socialism, Luciferian occultism, apostate Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism".

http://www.lucistrust.org

You can find out much more about them and how they're involved with the work of the United Nations by following their link "World Goodwill" at the top of their home page.


The Aquarian Age Community

http://www.aquaac.org/

This Website is sponsored by the United Nations and the whole NWO philosophy is there. The page which explains the work of the Aquarian Age Community, as they call themselves, has this proud quote at the header of their page at http://www.aquaac.org/about/about.html

Such a grandeur is ahead!
Such a great step awaits a fiery affirmation.
Our teaching and the affirmation of the Higher
Principles will reveal so much that is great to humanity!
A great period is drawing near: Thus we do create together.

Fiery World
Vol. III, par. 149

Amongst the many 'enlightening' pages in this website, you can easily find 'fascinating' articles entitled:

"The New World Order and the Work of the UN" http://www.aquaac.org/un/nwo.html

"The World Spiritual Teacher, the Esoteric Community and the United Nations" http://www.aquaac.org/meetings/rttop.html

Preparing the Way for the Reappearance of the World Spiritual Teacher, the Work of the United Nations and the World-Wide Esoteric Community

http://www.aquaac.org/meetings/RT2001.html and many more articles.

This is not Christian theology but New Age paganism. You can also read the NWO quotes I posted, further down this page. Here's another by Curtis Dall, FD Roosevelt's son in law as quoted in his book, My Exploited Father in Law:

"For a long time I felt that FDR had developed many thoughts and ideas that were his own to benefit this country, the United States. But, he didn't. Most of his thoughts, his political ammunition, as it were, were carefully manufactured for him in advanced by the Council on Foreign Relations One World Money group... Brilliantly, with great gusto, like a fine piece of artillery, he exploded that prepared "ammunition" in the middle of an unsuspecting target, the American people, and thus paid off and returned his internationalist political support.

The UN is but a long range, international banking apparatus nearly set up for financial and economic profit by a small group of powerful One World Revolutionaries, hungry for profit and power.

The depression was the calculated 'shearing' of the public by the World Money powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of supply of call money in the New York money market... The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank."

 

Under the U.N. Gavel
By Sen. Larry E. Craig, R-ID 

At its founding, the mission of the United Nations, as stated in its charter, was "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." It made no claim to supersede the sovereignty of its member states. Article 2 says that the United Nations "is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members," and it may not "intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state."

Since then, the United Nations has turned the principle of national sovereignty on its head. Through a host of conventions, treaties and conferences, it has intruded into regulation of resources and the economy (for example, treaties on "biological diversity," marine resources and climate change) and family life (hyping phoney liberalism while masculinity is scorned and western manhood is amputated - causing untold grief to the family unit) (conventions on parent-child relations and women in society). It has demanded that countries institute racial quotas and laws against hate crimes and speech (while the U.N. itself can jail someone for 30 years without trial). Recently the United Nations tried to undermine Americans' constitutional right to keep and bear arms (with proposed restrictions on the international sale of small arms).

Fortunately, many of these have been dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, successive presidents have refused to endorse others, and in any case the United Nations had little power of enforcement. But in 1998, one mechanism of global government (there it is in the Washington Post folks) came to life with the so-called "Rome Statute" establishing a permanent International Criminal Court (and abolishing the Magna Carta in Britain). Once this treaty is ratified by 60 countries, the United Nations will wield judicial power over every individual human being -- even over citizens of countries that haven't joined the court.

While the court's stated mission is dealing with war crimes and crimes against humanity (what about their own crimes against humanity when they committed widespread genocide in the Balkans and East Timor? Dare I say they are hypocrites?) -- which, because there is no appeal from its decisions, only the court will have the right to define -- its mandate could be broadened later. Based on existing U.N. tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, which are models for the International Criminal Court, defendants will have none of the due process rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution, such as trial by jury, confrontation of witnesses or a speedy and public trial (that's a communist court system!).

President Clinton signed the Rome treaty last year, citing U.S. support for existing U.N. war crimes tribunals. Many suppose the court will target only a Slobodan Milosevic or the perpetrators of massacres in Rwanda, or dictators like Iraq's Saddam Hussein. But who knows? To some people, Augusto Pinochet is the man who saved Chile from communism; to others he is a murderer. Who should judge him -- the United Nations or the Chilean people?

In dozens of countries, governments use brutal force against insurgents. Should the United Nations decide whether leaders in Turkey or India should be put in the defendants' dock, and then commit the United States to bring them there? How about Russia's Vladimir Putin, for Chechnya? Or Israel's Ariel Sharon? Can we trust the United Nations with that decision (the more evil these premieres are - the more the U.N. loves them)?

The court's critics rightly cite the danger to U.S. military personnel deployed abroad. Since even one death can be a war crime, a U.S. soldier could be indicted just for doing his duty. But the International Criminal Court also would apply to acts "committed" by any American here at home. The European Union and U.S. domestic opponents consider the death penalty "discriminatory" and "inhumane." Could an American governor face indictment by the court for "crimes against humanity" for signing a death warrant?

Milosevic was delivered to a U.N. court (largely at U.S. insistence) for offences occurring entirely within his own country. Some say the Milosevic precedent doesn't threaten Americans, because the U.S. Constitution protects them. But for Milosevic, we demanded that the Yugoslav Constitution be trashed and the United Nations' authority prevail. Why should the International Criminal Court treat our Constitution any better (they're already destroying the 2nd amendment with their gun grab and the 1st with their phoney 'hate crime' nonsense)?

Instead of trying to "fix" the Rome treaty, the United States must recognize that it is a fundamental threat to American sovereignty. The State Department's participation in the court's preparatory commission is counterproductive. We need to make it clear that we consider the court an illegitimate body, that the United States will never join it and that we will never accept its "jurisdiction" over any U.S. citizen or help to impose it on other countries.

27 posted on 04/04/2003 8:16:14 PM PST by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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To: Loyalist
The UN's Earth Charter

The Earth Charter Index

UNESCO: A Budding Global School Board
Get the US out of UNESCO

The New World Religion!

The New Ark of the Covenant in the UN

The Earth Charter Index
The UN Wants to Take Your Gun
The UN Wants to Decide if YOUR Baby Lives!
The UN Wants Control of YOUR Child

UN Wants to Replace the 10 Commandments!
UNICEF and the WAR on the Family
UNICEF-Guilty As Charged.pdf 15 pages
Your UNICEF dollars at workThe New World Religion
What's UNESCO Good For?
UNICEF--United Nations International Children's Fund, The War on America's Family!!
UNICEF and Halloween--Vatican Halts Payment

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAYS POPE GUILTY OF "WAR" AGAINST WOMEN
The New World Religion! Satanism, New Ageism and Luciferism
Ushering One-World Religion, CBN News
Child Sex Book Given out at UN Summit
Bush Says YES to UNESCO
UN WANTS POPULATION CONTROL IN ETHIOPIA and ATTEMPTS TO SKIRT PROCEDURES TO RATIFY FEMINIST DOCUMENT (CEDAW)
The UN Wants Population Control in Ethiopia, CEDAW Passed, Appointed 3 Pro-Abortion Judges to the International Court
UN Treaty on Women - ACTION ALERT
CHRISTIANITY UNDER SIEGE, TOWARD A ONE WORLD RELIGION
The UN is EVIL!
What the UN Doesn't Want You to Know
Population Research Institute, Get the TRUTH Here About Population Control!!

28 posted on 04/08/2003 5:51:42 PM PDT by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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To: Loyalist
i must wonder if this information is getting out to those people who work with our Catholic youth.

I think I will copy it off and take it to our youth minister.
29 posted on 04/08/2003 6:05:52 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Coleus
thanks for those references from the Catechism of the Catholic Church!
30 posted on 04/08/2003 6:09:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Sure any time.

A CHRISTmas to Remember
Defender of the Decalogue Interview of Chief Justice Roy Moore by Thomas R. Eddlem
Feeding the God of War
Teaching God's children to worship "Divine Nature"
Homosexuality and the Church of England
Rebutting Rockefeller and the New World Religion
The Apostle of Perversion
Divine Design
Unmentionable Vice "GAY" Goes Mainstream
Focus on Population ControlRed Star over the Christ Child
Quotes on Christmas
Quotes on God and Country
Quotes on Religion
Quotes Worth Repeating
The EU's Stealth Attack on Religion
The New World Religion
Focus on Homosexuality
Do Public Schools Have a Prayer?
Parents' Rights and the Decay of the American Family
The UN's BIG Green Machine
A World Without the UN
God, Man and the Government
One Nation Under the State?

31 posted on 04/08/2003 6:40:50 PM PDT by Coleus (RU-486 Kills Babies)
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