"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Monday, December 17, 2012

New Age Catholics In Wisconsin & Canada

His Excellency, Bishop Morlino of Madison Wisconsin, has directed his priests to avoid a certain interfaith prayer organization called Wisdom's Well  started and staffed by two Dominican nuns, Maureen McDonnell and Marie Louis Seckar.  Their website indicates a strong error of false ecumenism indicating that all religions are equal (Indifferentism).  This of course is heresy and one of the errors of the 'spirit of Vatican II'.  The Diocese of Madison states Wisdom's Well's website reveals New Age practices.  In the spirit of authentic Christian charity, the diocese reached out to the nuns to help them correct their ways, but such gestures were rejected.

Evidence from Wisdom's Well website:

"Programs embrace a wide spirituality rooted in Christianity, but honoring other spiritual paths as well. The focus would be on contemplative prayer, “a way of deepening our connection to God, the Divine, Source, Love,” says O’Brien who serves as a Spiritual Guide. Contemplative practices include sacred chanting, yoga, Tai Chi, walking a labyrinth, and meditation. “Such practices,” she explains, “have the ability to transform your relationship with yourself, improve your relationships with others, and enrich your relationship with the world around you.”

Wisdom’s Well’s interfaith approach reflects the great diversity of spiritual and religious practice in the greater Madison community, explains McDonnell, “and also a number of people who are really searching for a spirituality that goes beyond the religious tradition they grew up in.”"

"We are Dominican Sisters and Associates of Sinsinawa, blessed in our faith, collaborating intentionally with others to justice and right relationships. We affirm the belief of Hans Kung “that there is no peace among the nations without peace among the religions; no peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions, no dialogue between the religions without investigation of the foundations of the religions.”

This blog maintains a mosaic depicting ongoing efforts of local, national, and global interfaith efforts. It also serves as a resource for enlivening and strengthening all of us in such efforts. In the words of the Secretary of the World Council of Churches, "Let us share our wisdom, let us be listening for the voice of God in the words of the other. Let us be protectors of God’s creation and every human being.”"

The Sinsinawa Dominican's website:

- heavy into social justice
- liturgical abuses abound in their chapel:  
- in the past year their order has had one final profession and many funerals (Biological Solution)

- features indoor and 
Indoor labyrinth 
outdoor labyrinths (New Age)
 Outdoor labyrinth
- taize prayer
- centering prayer
- sell Joan Chittister's books among other dissident authors

Maureen McDonnell, OP, makes the guest speaker rounds at the expected places such as Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light conference: Interfaith Teleprayer for Earth/Climate Change She protests things like drones  and has signed letters pressuring soldiers to commit treason. 

Marie Louis Seckar, OP sits on the board of interfaith organizations promotes the Seamless Garment theory and offers 'body energy' sessions.

The Sinsinawa Dominicans have more notorious nuns like Donna Quinn, OP, who volunteered as a clinic escort at a Chicago abortuary. and a member of the National Coalition of American Nuns a dissident group calling for abortion, contraception, female ordination, etc.

There is good news and bad news to this story.  The bad news is that these two nuns have drifted into error and may have ex-communicated themselves already.  Faithful Catholics should pray for them and their return to the Church.  The good news is bishops are starting to act like bishops again - shepherds caring for their flock.  By canon law bishops are to govern, teach, and protect the faith in their dioceses.  If other bishops took the time to look around websites in their dioceses they'd find examples of New Age and other forms of dissent:

Diocese of Ottawa

St. Joseph's Ottawa

- noted Enneagram expert Richard Rohm, OFM
- the parish Gay & Lesbian group studying Margaret Farley's book "Just Love"
- liturgical abuse and dance

St Paul's University

The Galilee Centre featuring yoga, massage therapy, labyrinths, centering prayers, etc

Rev. Jack Lau, OMI

Diocese of Kingston

The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

The Ecology and Earth Literacy Office of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul is a direct response to a written commitment made by the congregation at its 1994 Chapter.



Spring Equinox Celebration

It was unseasonably mild and sunny on March 20, 2012, the first official day of spring.

Close to 30 Sisters, Associates, staff and friends gathered in the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary Barn to celebrate the spring equinox, when length of day and night are equal.
Seed savers Cate Henderson and Sister of Providence Shirley Morris led the group in song, prayer and reflection. Guests held a small soybean seed in the palm of their hands as a reminder that our life cycle is similar to the life cycle of the seed.

Cate Henderson lights a candle at the equinox celebration.

Villa St. Joseph Centre is owned and staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough.
The historic building on the shores of Lake Ontario has a long and varied history.
We value wholistic spirituality inclusive of all peoples and all the earth.
We approach ministry and programs from an ecological, inter-faith and justice-oriented stance.
Our Centre offers a quiet, relaxing environment in which to rest, reflect and be renewed in body and spirit.


Village Earth Spirituality Program & Practicum
“A place and time to come home to Earth”

In conjunction with the Canadian Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Villa St. Joseph Retreat Centre in Cobourg, Ontario is now offering Village Earth I which provides a unique opportunity to integrate theological learning within the horizon of the Earth’s presence and care.

This Integration Unit is a time to come home to who you are within the context of the whole Earth community. It is an opportunity to experience both being with and working with the Earth in a time and place apart from the demands of our consumer driven society.

+ Yet it will also be a time to begin to learn ways to integrate your theological understandings within the wisdom of the Universe Story.

This course will comprise of three aspects:
1. Earth Literacy
The Universe Story
Integration with our Faith Revelation Story
2. Earth Spirituality
Bio-Regionalism/Earth Ethics
Developing your own Earth spirituality and practices
3. Practicum
Skills for living more lightly within the Village Earth.
Resources will be offered such as library, video and field trips
We invite you to learn with us in this time where we all need to consider how to live in harmony and peace as all the people of Earth.

Diocese of Sault Ste Marie

Rooted in the Christian tradition and building on the history of the Jesuit community working among the Native people in this region of Canada, we value:
All of Creation
Healing and reconciliation
The spiritual journey
Ecological sustainability
Education and creative expression

We are dedicated to providing programs that:
Foster a more respectful and harmonious relationship with the Earth and all that the Creator gives us
Nurture a deeper spirituality in people, leading to inner freedom and openness to all
Provide a place of welcome so as to affirm the goodness and beauty of life

Chapel "Crucifix"

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre  (Loretto Sisters)

Peace Pole:  The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments planted the world over as international symbols of Peace. 

Cosmic Walk:  The Cosmic Walk is a ritual celebration of events in that unfolding story coded in our own bodies. Every atom in our bodies is about 15 billion years old...and that yes, we are dust – stardust – made of minerals like calcium, potassium and iron. These were once in a star named Tiamat which became a supernova.

Loretto Maryholme’s meditative cosmic walk has 18 small garden circles. These are spaced in billion year segments with some segments having more than one garden station. The walk begins at the edge of the savannah and winds through the property to the lake. At the start of your walk you will find an information card which outlines the particular aspect each garden circle acknowledges in the evolutionary process of creation.

Labyrinth: A labyrinth is a path for assisting mental focus and prayer that has been used by many cultures and religions throughout history. The holistic function of labyrinths is to further those who are on the path to a more balanced spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological well being. Unlike a maze, which is designed to confuse, a labyrinth is sequential, offering only one path.

The Stations of the Light: The Via Lucis has developed and spread to many regions in recent years. Using the metaphor of a journey, the Stations of the Light move us from the experience of suffering to the hope of arriving at liberation, joy, and peace. “Praying the Stations offers gifts of grace that awaken the body, illumine the mind, and train the heart for happiness. Among the gifts are love and faith, which are the purpose of all prayer, as well as peace and comfort, reverence for the sacred, and joyful optimism about the future and growing toward elderhood” (Stations of the Light: Renewing the Ancient Christian Practice of the Via Lucis as a Spiritual Tool for Today, Mary Ford-Grabowsky, pg.3).

Diocese of Hamilton

Where you can attend retreats by New Agers like Sister Gail Worcelo

or resident theologian Marianne Karsh who thinks trees might have souls.

You can stroll through their labyrinth or reflect at their Stations of the Cosmos

Diocese of Halifax

Jesuit Centre of Spirituality  Director's Blog  Anglican & Protestant Orders: Null & Void?

“Absolutely null and utterly void.” These words, couched in strong negative terms (“null and void” would have had the same meaning, but without the emotional baggage), were pronounced by Leo XIII in 1896 in a document known as Apostolicae Curae, and recently reiterated by Benedict XVI before he became Pope. They apply to the orders received by Anglican priests. All the more do they apply to the ministers ordained in the many other churches stemming from the Reformation. None of them are officially recognized by the Roman Catholic church as priests, and the bread and wine over which they may speak the words of Jesus are not recognized by the Roman Catholic church as the body and blood of Christ.


This “null and void” declaration is mitigated by Vatican II. Vociferous Catholics may refer to Anglican bishops/priests as lay persons pretending to be bishops/priests, and contrast the “real absence” in their Eucharist with the “real presence” in ours, but they must deal with the consequences of the Vatican II declaration that Anglicans and Protestants are endowed with some of the full sacramental reality of the Church. God’s providence embraces them as it embraces us, and God’s grace is present in their worship:


Queen's House Taize, centering prayer, Indifferentism, lectures by National cAtholic Reporter columnists, Evolutionary Christianity

Holy Yoga brings Christ into meditation

SASKATOON -- Some 40 people came from all over Saskatoon to take part in the Oneness Holy Yoga Practice Jan. 14 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family.

"I thought it was really appropriate that this event about oneness was being held at the new cathedral, as that is what this space was about: oneness for all of us," said organizer Shirley Berthelet.

The event was attended by representatives from a variety of Christian denominations. Holy Yoga was started in Saskatoon by Berthelet, who began workshops and classes at her home parish of St. Anne's and at nearby Cornerstone Church. From the beginning, it was ecumenical in nature.

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