Helpful Magisterial Documents against New Age

WHERE TO FIND SOUND CLARIFICATIONS AND REFUTATIONS OF NEW AGE & OTHER POPULAR ERRONEOUS TEACHINGS

“Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life; A Christian Reflection on the ‘New Age’”

By:  Pontifical Council for Culture, and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html

“A Call to Vigilance:  Pastoral Instruction on the New Age”

By:  Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera  (Became a Cardinal in 1998)

http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/dissent/newage1.htm

“Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy”

By:  Committee on Doctrine; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.usccb.org/doctrine/Evaluation_Guidelines_finaltext_2009-03.pdf

“Statement on [the book] Quest for the living God:  Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God by Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson”

By:  Committee on Doctrine; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.usccb.org/doctrine/statement-quest-for-the-living-god-2011-03-24.pdf

“On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/teach/meditation.htm

“Notification on the book, Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism by Father Jacques Dupuis, S.J.”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20010124_dupuis_en.html

“Notification Concerning the Writings of Father Anthony De Mello, S.J.”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19980624_demello_en.html

“Notification on the works of Father Jon Sobrino, S.J.”

By: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20061126_notification-sobrino_en.html

“Declaration ‘Dominus Iesus’ On the Unicity and Salvivic Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church” By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithhttp://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000806_dominus-iesus_en.html  

“Notification Regarding Certain Writings of Fr. Marciano Vidal, C.SsR.”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20010515_vidal_en.html

“Notification on the Book ‘Jesus Symbol of God’ by Father Roger Haight S.J.” By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithhttp://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20041213_notification-fr-haight_en.html  

“Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (note: This document seeks to answer the question, “Did the Second Vatican Council change the Catholic doctrine on the Church?” Hint: NO it did not!)http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20070629_responsa-quaestiones_en.html

“Declaration in Defense of the Catholic Doctrine on the Church Against Certain Errors of the Present Day”

By: Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19730705_mysterium-ecclesiae_en.html

ALSO HELPFUL: 

“International Theological Commission”, Volumes 1 & 2,  Ignatius Press

Google Books gives the following description: “This is a [two-volume] collection of texts and documents issued by the International Theological Commission (ITC), a body of theologians that advises the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The texts and documents of the ITC address pressing theological issues, drawing upon theological experts from around the world who represent differing branches of theology yet who share a common commitment toauthentically-Catholic theological reflection. 

While I don’t have a list of themes contained in the first volume, the Google Books description says:  “Volume 2, 1986-2007, includes texts and documents exploring the following themes: faith and inculturation, the interpretation of dogma, eschatology, God the Redeemer, Christianity and world religions, the Church and the faults of the past, the diaconal ministry.” I also know that this volume contains a few very clarifying paragraphs on the false but very popular New Age belief in reincarnation.

“Enneagram:  A Modern Myth”

By:  Father Mitch Pacwa

http://www.cfpeople.org/Apologetics/page51a076.html

Oprah: Televangelist Of The New Age Deception

Is Oprah Leading People Away From Christ?

Oprah has totally transformed herself and her media empire. She is no longer a microphone-toting interviewer of tearful guests and cheering audiences. Believe it or not, she has become. . .a spiritual icon.

Because of her, New Age teachings are being pitched to millions of our fellow Catholics – many of whom are being taken in by the mega-popular Oprah Winfrey and her promotion of three key books in the New Age Movement: The Secret. . .A New Earth. . .and A Course In Miracles.

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