October 08, 2011

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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. Or, it cements the belief of those who think Catholicism is lacking by telling them they are right. 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?

Why are we financing some New Age practitioners lifestyle by letting them collect money to teach this garbage to the faithful when the average parish priest doesn't get any extra money and is buying socks out of a bin at the Salvation Army Thrift Store?

Where are our priorities? Seriously.

Honestly, more and more of this "Unicorn in the Sanctuary" stuff has declined in recent years but the fact that some parishes are still doing it is worrisome. When will we root out this insidious evil?

In the Bible we read that our ancestors in Faith had a hard time purging the pagan cult practices from the lives of the Faithful. Maybe I'm foolish and optimistic thinking (dreaming, wishing, praying) it will go away and leave us alone.


Blogger Unknown said...

An honest to goodness Cath-e-rant!! Oh, how I missed them all last Summer.

I, too, dabbled with strange beliefs in my pagan days. But Jesus didn't give up on me, fortunately.

At the root of it must be something that could be called "Catholic-nice." Nobody wants to be confrontational. "It's not for me, but if that what turns their crank, I don't care." But it's permitting out friends and acquaintances to confront the Gates of Hell.

Maybe priests should start charging 100 bucks for Religious Ed classes and people will start to get the idea that they are well worth the money. "You get what you pay for."

That what you get for free is throw-away stuff.

The Church in America started out serving the "tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore....the homeless, tempest-tossed" great unwashed peoples.

That's no longer the case for the most part for people born in this country to native-born parents.

Catholics are great at poor- mouthing. My Dad, with 5 kids in 1956, probably earning about 4,000 a year at most, put a buck a week in the basket. I know because the parish distributed an annual report with everybody's contributions.

If you look in the basket as you flip your check in it, you see still a lot of dollar bills these days.

Maybe the Church should go back to pew rent, too. Then I wouldn't have to come early to be guaranteed my pew, right behind the Pharisee Section.

October 08, 2011 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Stephen said...


Your summer hiatus seems to have been a blessing, because you are back, better than ever. I am referring to your last blog on the New Age movement that has infiltrated the Church over the past 30 years. You are so right to warn people about these ideas that pull people away from a faith centered on God and Jesus, and focus on humanism, pantheism, and, yes, even the occult at times. It is all so fuzzy, and tolerated in the name of curiosity, "openness to the world", respect for diverse cultures, etc. I have personal experience of good friends who started down the New Age garden path, and ended up as quasi-Buddhists, agnostics or just plain lost.

Keep up the good , faithful work.

October 09, 2011 9:01 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

They don't do that weird stuff at my parish.

Ray, how much do your Latin classes cost? Are you a parishioner there?

October 10, 2011 7:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Virtually nothing:

$25 for the class for every Sunday between now and May and $25 for the text book.

Ecclesiastical Latin.

Lots of Grammar.

Great Professor from St. Olaf's who's a member of St. Agnes.

I'm probably going to join the parish.

I've signed up to help them with their Fall Festival already. Cutting Veggies for the Booya!!!

October 10, 2011 9:04 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

We so often see crap like that because so many of us don't actually believe. A lot of us say that they are "catholic" like I say I'm redneck--as an identifier of subcultural context.

More than that, many people have come under influance of the Enemy through new age practices, and are under demonic inspiration to infiltrate and undermine the parish churches, as part of an attack on the Church.

That sounds paranoid, but it fit's Occam's razor--the simplest explanation that fits all the facts. other wise we have totie ourselves into knots with psychological and sociological suppositions to explain it.

October 15, 2011 1:07 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Wonder if Jesus would be turning over tables of these money changers....

October 16, 2011 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand. What is wrong with Tai Chi. Isn't it just an exercise program. People aren't worshiping the Buddha while they're exercising. It's recommended a lot as a gentle exercise that helps with balance.

October 24, 2011 11:18 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Anon: I don't specifically call out Tai Chi but it has origins in Taoism and Confucianism. Be careful with yoga and Tai Chi - I don't see an issue with simple stretching but as someone who used to practice yoga the poses have Hindu roots. If you are Hindu - great! If not, be careful that with your exercise program you are not being subtly indoctrinated.

October 25, 2011 7:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

RE: Tai Chi

It's interesting that Catholics might be willing to pay $100 or for a course in Tai Chi, but never able to fork up more than a couple of bucks for the collection basket.

I think it reflects priorities.

October 25, 2011 7:52 PM  

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