Wisconsin bishop bars retreats by 2 women religious, cites 'New Age' influence
Catholic World News - December 11, 2012
Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, has banned retreats and workshops led by two women religious, saying that they “may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church’s approach to inter-religious dialogue.”
Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, members of the Sinsinawa Dominican community, lead workshops for a group known as “Wisdom’s Well.” Bishop Morlino said that he has “grave concerns” about the group’s approach, citing the influence of “New Ageism” and “indifferentism.” In a memo to the priests of Madison, he said that the group’s activities should not be promoted in the diocese.
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Posted by: mwean7331 -
Dec. 11, 2012 11:24 PM ET USA
Please God, Holy Spirit send us more shepherds like Bishop Merlino and Cardinal Burke and our wondeful Pope Benedict. God bless them
Posted by: -
Dec. 11, 2012 8:48 PM ET USA
And what about focusing? My former dear spiritual director seems to believe that this is primary for women. I always felt a little 'new age' when I was invited in on this....it seemed somehow wrong, and yet I always came away feeling great spiritual peace which certainly resounded for days, despite this disturbing aspect of our encounter.
Posted by: ElizabethD -
Dec. 11, 2012 5:43 PM ET USA
The Diocese of Madison has also issued their own statement and copies of the documents they sent to priests substantiating the seriousness of the doctrinal problems with these 2 Sisters and 2 laywomen. http://www.madisoncatholicherald.org/bishop/41-bishop-category/3720-misleading-article.html
Posted by: Defender -
Dec. 11, 2012 5:00 PM ET USA
We've got a couple of sisters who are into enneagrams (one even wrote a book or two) and this is part of a teacher recertification program, too. A nearby Jesuit high school offers Tai Chi (thought not as part of their social justice program).