65 – If some of you don’t pray because you don’t believe or it goes against your conscience, please send positive vibes my way

Within certain circumstances, it is normal to use amusing expressions, since this is a natural way of making human relationships more pleasant. They should be used of course, with equilibrium and respect. Therefore, one perceives that certain situations do not permit their use, especially on the part of those who hold more elevated positions. For example, what would we think of a Head of State who cracks a joke at the funeral of a victim of terrorism?

As such, the dignity of the Vicar of Jesus Christ is so high, that his mission has always been surrounded by an elevated degree of solemnity, even on occasions that are apparently informal.

Naturally, some readers wrote to us a little surprised with Francis’ words (which will be analyzed in this post) that were pronounced in a seemingly restricted, informal milieu, but that ended up touching on quite an important topic, rapidly spreading and stirring up widespread interest with the help of modern means of communication. In any event, we end up having to ask ourselves what level of consciousness can be found in the deeper meaning of these words, considering that the great expansion that various suspect forms of religiosity over the past few years  has been a cause of real concern for zealous pastors.

Who are we to judge? But, we would have hoped for at least a little more circumspection in the pronouncements of he who should be the guide for all Catholics. Above all we can only hope there is no grain of truth in such an ill-fated remark…

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors

I – The New Age Movement: a sect that strays from Christian Doctrine
II – The dignity of the Pope does not permit inappropriate jesting


I – The New Age Movement: a sect that strays from Christian Doctrine


John Paul II

A new culture marked by widespread and growing religious agnosticism, that is illusory and incapable of satisfying the human heart

Synod of Bishops

Among the sects there is a current of thought known as ‘New Age’ that is silently leaving its mark on culture

Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

The concept of matter as waves or energy is central to much of New Age thinking – God is no more than one immense vibration of energy
The necessity of persons who are capable of critically explaining New Age thought
Danger of the so-called New Age ‘prayer groups’: they lure gradually into a form of false worship

XLVIII International Eucharistic Congress

The New Age constitutes a threat to Eucharistic piety

John Paul II

The basis of the spread of sects: the tendency to reduce religions and various spiritual experiences to a common denominator

Synod of Bishops

Syncretism causes believers to become disoriented and easily led astray by sects or para-religious movements

Congregation for the Clergy

Religious relativism encourages a proliferation of ‘new religious movements’ or sects – they are alien to the Christian faith

Synod of Bishops

Sects undermine the religious unity of the Catholic people
Sects aggressively preach against the Catholic Church

John Paul II

The moral and spiritual Christian patrimony runs risk due to the spread of sects

Synod of Bishops

Suggestions regarding how to respond to the challenge posed by the New Age

Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Necessity to warn against the attempt to place New Age religiosity on the same level as Christian faith

Synod of Bishops

When there is a plethora of masters, gurus, sects: we must recall constantly for people that salvation is only in the name of Jesus

II – The dignity of the Pope does not permit inappropriate jesting


Paul VI

The Vicar of Christ must give maximum attention to dignity and precision of language

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

It is not jests or fables but the law of God that is to be sought from the mouth of a priest

John Paul II

Saint Gregory the Great and the awareness of the dignity of the papacy
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