Re: Jesuit Philosophers
Aug 27, 2006 06:09 PM
by Mark Jaqua
Re: Jesuit "philosophers"
<Anthony de Mello was a GOOD example of a Jesuit
priest. Rather a <theosophist, and openly criticized
by the Vatican through J. Ratzinger, now
There may be a few on that side of things that
out allright, but one really wonders if they have any
honesty and insight, how in the world they get caught
up in a Personal God scheme. If they are bright
to see through it, they have to be phonies to stay in
organization. There's quite a few of "the others" of
type that know all the right words to mouth on
and esoteric philosophy, but something just doesn't
true about what they are saying - they are good
I watched part of a catholic service on TV this
and find it really amazing at all the hypnosis and
going on to keep reinforcing the external god idea.
however, seemed sincere, and probably really believes
he's saying himself. As I think (?) it says in the
Mahatma Letter, they permanently (?) warp their minds
by forcing themselves to believe something their own
rebels against instinctively, or rationally, and damn
souls to that extent. There's many that do honest
regardless, separate from the dogma.
Below is an article from Blavatsky Net (there's a
on the real attitude of official Catholicism to
- jake j.
POPE TO CONDEMN BLAVATSKY? (1998)
An article entitled "ENCYCLICAL ON THE NEW AGE MIGHT
BE COMING SOON" by Farley Clinton, was published in
May 21, 1998 issue of THE WANDERER (Vol. 131, No.21).
author, Rev. Farley Clinton, is the Vatican
THE WANDERER. His article is based on another one
appeared in L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO, the official Vatican
City State newspaper.
Some background: the encyclical by Pope John Paul II
the New Age, Madame Blavatsky, the Masters, etc. has
been issued yet but is imminent. Before an encyclical
issued, L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO usually "preps" the
faithful by having introductory articles appear in its
What is significant about this encyclical is that it
will be the
first time a Pope has spoken officially about
its various ramifications. We can already get the
of what the Pope will say from the article in THE
It will be interesting to finally read the Papal
So here is the article:
ENCYCLICAL ON THE NEW AGE MIGHT BE COMING SOON
by Farley Clinton
Vatican City. The long-expected encyclical from Pope
Paul II about the problem of the New Age movement
may appear fairly soon, as a serious article in
L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO on May 7th reflects a desire to
instruct the faithful clearly regarding this subject.
It points out five central Christian beliefs that are
denied and attacked in the propaganda of the
books inspired by this movement:
1) The existence of a Creator
2) The reality of prayer to God, a meeting of two
which should have the character of adoration, of
thanksgiving offered by the creature to the Creator,
certainly not mere self-discovery.
3) The reality of human sin and the need of a
4) The significance of suffering and of death
5) The necessity of love and of work, not mere
change the world.
Contradicting Christian belief, the New Age literature
more or less to identify God with the world, or to
world a necessary emanation from God, not His free
It knows nothing of the prayer of a creature and a
proposes "meditation" that is a totally alien kind,
reconcilable with Christian faith.
Christians believe in original sin and in the
sinfulness of all
of us, consequently they cannot share in the New Age
that some sort of technique, or concentration, or
millions of consciousnesses, can save man. They
in the one Way of salvation, Christ the Son of God
man and introduced into history in order to save man.
The followers of the New Age are led not to accept
suffering and death but to place their hopes in
consciousness, in rebirth, and in techniques believed
achieve these goals, while Christians believe in the
of suffering in union with Jesus Christ crucified. For
Christians, death is a unique event, not an entry to
a series of reincarnations or spiritual
journeys but the necessary step to enter eternal life.
The article in L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO, written by
Teresa Osorio Goncalves, traces the origins of this
popularization of old Oriental religions to the work
occultists in Europe and America in the last century.
Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society, founded
in New York with the aid of a spiritualist in 1875,
had great influence in leading persons from Christian
countries to reject the Gospels entirely in favor of
approach to Hinduism, Buddhism, or another heathen
The rejection of God is central to the movement.
Madame Blavatsky especially rejected God whom she
called the "masculine" God, of Israel, of
and of the Muslims.
"She proposed a return to Hinduism with its cult of a
mother goddess and its practice of feminine virtues.
Feminists action was to be continued in the
Society under the guidance of Annie Besant, a figure
the forefront of the feminist movement."
This modern occultism is difficult to pin down to
beliefs since it expresses itself in many different
But according to Goncalves, there are six teachings
encountered constantly, as they are the central belief
of the movement.
1) The world is seen as one organic whole.
2) But it is animated by an Energy which is more or
less like God.
3) There are spiritual entities acting as mediators
4) Man by spiritual exercises can control his life
5) There is a "perennial wisdom" which precedes every
religion and every culture and is superior to every
6) There are "enlightened" spiritual masters one
The encyclical in preparation will probably be the
certainly the most thorough, major document from the
Church to address the thirst, or the craze, for
spirituality, although the phenomenon is almost 125
years old in New York.
But false spiritualities linked to the heresies of
and Jansenism flourished a century or more before
censured in Rome, as was the case with other errors.
<An excellent quote of yours, thanks.
<Anthony de Mello was a GOOD example of a Jesuit
priest. Rather a
<theosophist, and openly criticized by the Vatican
through J. Ratzinger, now
<He lived in India.
<I suggest you go on with the quote for some time
more. Why not?
<Data:Fri, 25 Aug 2006 08:59:44 -0500
<Assunto:Theos-World Aug. 25, Todays Quote
> Said the Master to the businessman: "As the fish
perishes on dry
<land, so you perish when you get entangled in the
world. The fish must
<return to the water--you must return to solitude."
> The businessman was stunned. "Must I give up my
business and go into
> "No,no. Hold on to your business and go into your
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