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Syncretism The ecumenical openness must be conducted according to the norms of the Church and you will exclude any tendency to religious syncretism.  (Gd 9 b)
  • Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on some aspects of Christian meditation External link
    • Cardinal Ratzinger, then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on October 15, 1989, teaches some dangers of Zen, Buddhism and Transcendental Meditation, as well as some other forms of prayer.
      • Excerpt from Section 3, n.12; 12. “With the present diffusion of eastern methods of meditation in the Christian world and in ecclesial communities, we find ourselves faced with a pointed renewal of an attempt, which is not free from dangers and errors, "to fuse Christian meditation with that which is non-Christian." Proposals in this direction are numerous and radical to a greater or lesser extent. Some use eastern methods solely as a psycho-physical preparation for a truly Christian contemplation; others go further and, using different techniques, try to generate spiritual experiences similar to those described in the writings of certain Catholic mystics. Still others do not hesitate to place that absolute without image or concepts, which is proper to Buddhist theory, on the same level as the majesty of God revealed in Christ, which towers above finite reality. To this end, they make use of a "negative theology," which transcends every affirmation seeking to express what God is, and denies that the things of this world can offer traces of the infinity of God. Thus they propose abandoning not only meditation on the salvific works accomplished in history by the God of the Old and New Covenant, but also the very idea of the One and Triune God, who is Love, in favor of an immersion "in the indeterminate abyss of the divinity." These and similar proposals to harmonize Christian meditation with eastern techniques need to have their contents and methods ever subjected to a thorough-going examination so as to avoid the danger of falling into syncretism.
      • The expression "eastern methods" is used to refer to methods which are inspired by Hinduism and Buddhism, such as "Zen," "Transcendental Meditation" or "Yoga." Thus, it indicates methods of meditation of the non-Christian Far East which today are not infrequently adopted by some Christians also in their meditation. The orientation of the principles and methods contained in this present document is intended to serve as a reference point not just for this problem, but also, in a more general way, for the different forms of prayer practiced nowadays in ecclesial organizations, particularly in associations, movements and groups.
  • "We can walk as much as we want, we can build many things, but if we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the Lord. When we are not walking, we stop moving. When we are not building on the stones, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on the beach when they build sandcastles: everything is swept away, there is no solidity. When we do not profess Jesus Christ, the saying of Leon Bloy comes to mind: 'Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil.' When we do not profess Jesus Christ, we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness. ...The same Peter who professed Jesus Christ, now says to him: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of the Cross. That has nothing to do with it. I will follow you on other terms, but without the Cross. When we journey without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord." (Pope Francis, First Homily, March 14, 2013) External link
  • “‘New theology?’ It’s most welcome! But sometimes we deceive ourselves: it’s not new theology, but ancient Gnosticism. It’s often the reappearance of the presumptuous mentality of the old Gnostics: ‘We provide explanations of a very high scientific level; we no longer accept the poor, old-fashioned, outdated explanations of the Magisterium!’ The tactics used by Gnosticism have also returned, namely to take their themes and terms from the Catholic faith, but only partially, arrogating to themselves the right of going through them with a fine tooth comb and of making a selection from them, of understanding them in a subjective manner, of mixing them up with strange ideologies and of basing their attachment to the faith no longer on divine authority, but on human reasons, on this or that philosophical option for example, on the compatibility of one given theme with the political choices previously made.(Cardinal Luciani, homily of 7 March 1973) External link
  • Catholicism confronts new age syncretism External link (EWTN)
  • Jesus Christ the bearer of the water of life - A Christian reflection on the “New Age” External link
  • Vatican cardinal warns against syncretism in dialogue; Polish prelate speaks of Divine Mercy External link RE: Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, warned that poorly-catechized Christians should not take part in inter-religious dialogue. “Christians, often ignorant of the content of their own faith and incapable because of this of living of and for it, are not capable of inter-religious dialogue that always begins with the assertion of one’s own convictions,” he cautioned. “There is no room for syncretism or relativism! Faced with adepts from other religions with a strong religious identity, it is necessary to present motivated and doctrinally equipped Christians.”
  • Syncretism External link (wikipedia)
  • SYNCRETISM: The effort to unite different doctrines and practices, especially in religion. Such unions or amalgams are part of cultural history and are typical of what has occurred in every segment of the non-Christian world. Syncretism is also applied to the ecumenical efforts among separated Christian churches and within Catholicism to the attempts made of combining the best elements of different theological schools. But in recent years the term mainly refers to misguided claims that religious unity can be achieved by ignoring the differences between faiths on the assumption that all creeds are essentially one and the same. (Etym. Greek synkrētizo, to unite disunited elements into a harmonious whole; from synkrētizmos, federation of Cretan cities.)
  • "But the Christian identity (as the In Pectore Christi PCLC membership) is not an ' identity card ' : Christian identity is - belonging to the Church - , because all of these, belonged to the Church, the Mother Church. Because it is not possible, to find Jesus outside the Church. The great Paul VI said: ‘Wanting to live with Jesus without the Church, following Jesus outside of the Church, loving Jesus without the Church is an absurd dichotomy'."  From Pope Francis’ sermon on the feast of Saint George YouTube External link  (Jorge Bergoglio’s own patron), April 23 2013
    • For aspirants into Saint Bruno's path: any application or promotion into praxis not wholly Christocentric and Ecclesial, would be absurd.
  • Taken from our FAQs
    • I have been told that mindfulness has always been a part of the Christian tradition. A Priest told me that Christians call it contemplation. Mindfulness is psychology and contemplation is something much greater. What are your wise thoughts?
      • In the letter of Pope Paul VI writing to the Prior of La Grande Chartreuse the Pope indicated that the goal and task of a life dedicated to following the path of St.Bruno is contemplation. As I have come to experience it, contemplation includes within its nature the act of adoration as well as reception: a giving and receiving to and from God through a presence in which ordinary mind is suspended as it is taken up into the surround of Divine Love. Contemplation is a grace in which one is taken over by the Trinity dwelling in the most subtle aspects of the Heart, the temple of the Divine. As such contemplation is a relationship, one that is  deeply personal and intimate. For me one important text which guides the contemplative is the Song of Songs. When speaking with the Reverend Father at La Grande Chartreuse he concurred with this suggestion. Mindfullness--which originated as a specific term within Vipassana Buddhist practice--in contrast is auto-relational. It does not include any consideration of God, and is the application of certain techniques of focus to find contact with mental space quieted of the the activated functions of thought, fantasy, and affect in their complex interplay.  As psychology has become simultaneously more focused on cognitive self control and brain function mindfulness has become a dominant technique on the part of many practitioners. It is part of the world of techniques in the service of self-witnessing in order to further mastery and control. It nevertheless has its place in the remediation of mental suffering and symptoms for those who seek only that but it has nothing to do with seeking union with God.The quieting of mind within the psychological application of Vipassana is, as a result, not related to the aim of contemplation which is Quies, abiding in the the Presence of God in all states of mind. If the path of contemplation is to be on fire with the desire for God in obedience to his Word through the indwelling Spirit its realization is Quies. For a much more developed amplification of the meaning of Quies in a way that aims to complement our focus on IFSB and as part of the St. Bruno family you also might wish to see Quies.Org. I hope this is of some help. Fraternally in Jesus and Mary  edward elisha
      • Syncretism is an error of thought that confuses levels of reality, what the philosopher Gilbert Ryle called a "category mistake." With Vatican II the Church's opening to the world has unintentionally sponsored this confusion which is I am afraid rather endemic and central: for too many faith has become psychology because we live in the age of Narcissism. e
  • Non-Christian meditation
  • Types of monks
  • Ecumenism
  • Inter-religious dialogue (vatican) External link
    • The Carthusian external way of life is barely distinguishable from that of other non-Christian monks. The difference lies in theological interpretation.
      • The Quies PCLC 5 steps, in following together the 11 guidelines, are founded in sanctifying grace
      • If it wasn’t for pretenses, and all made themselves known for what they are, the root of evil would be removed from the face of the earth, and all would be stripped of illusion.
      • Metanoia
  • Redemptoris Missio External link
  • Dominus Iesus  On the unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church External link
  • Chemins de la Contemplation Yves Raguin s.j. External link Raguin a passé une grande partie de sa vie en Orient et connaît parfaitement le bouddhisme. Contrairement à d'autres, il a su voir parfaitement où se trouve la frontière et il a une page audacieuse pour dire que la contemplation chrétienne démarre d'emblée là où le bouddhisme s'arrête.
  • Paths to Contemplation Yves Raguin s.j. External link Raguin has spent much of his life in the Far East and knows Buddhism perfectly. Unlike others, he has been able to see perfectly well where the border is and he has a bold page to say that Christian contemplation starts right where Buddhism stops.
  • Theological Method  External link  St. Thomas, like all good theologians, displayed a humility before Revelation. He never tried to use it for his own purposes or his own preferences. It is precisely this which proper theological method prevents. The proper method rejoices in the gifts of the Magisterium which are essential to the task. The proper method permits fruitful debates and mutual exchange among theologians in areas of uncertainty. And most importantly, the proper method ensures that Revelation remains God’s own self-disclosure, and not our own.
Ed Source http://www.quies.org/ed/quies_syncretism.html

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