Vatican moves to quell "alternatives"
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|Thu, 06-17-2004 - 10:51am|
Here is a link to an article about the Vaticans plans to "quell" alternative religions.
Here is a quote from the article that I find a little scary . . .
"Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, one of the authors of the report, said the greatest challenge may be in England and North America "where the New Age began ... and where it has become such a part of everyday life that we don't notice it." That makes it harder to attack, he says: "Where one sees a threat, it's easier to battle it."
It seems to me that the church has just finished apologising for the inquisition, but now their leaders are using language that echoes inquisitorial sentiments. Words like "attack" and "battle" don't exactly give me the warm fuzzies when it comes from an organization who has literally attacked and battled "heretics" in the past.
If they spoke instead of "responding" to the New Age, instead of attack, I wouldn't find this scary. If they instead talked about how they could retain their members instead of going to "battle" with alternative spiritual paths, this article wouldn't spook me. Also what exactly is the "threat" ? Have the New Agers threatened to "attack" and "battle" the Vatican ? Why can't Monsignor Peter Fleetwood accept the fact that some adults are going to choose a different spiritual path than Catholicism ? Why does he see it as a "threat" to be "attacked" and "battled" ?
Ok, now for the multiple disclaimers. I know most that Monsignor Fleetwood does not represent all Catholics. I know he has the right to say what he said. etc., ;)
Comments, opinions. TIA.