Is Yoga taught and also encouraged as a way of life for the priesthood? Are there priest staff members who are deeply into yoga and have been often found frequenting a Buddhist centre at Igatpuri for Vippassana where one is not allowed to say the daily mass, or recite any Christian prayer or practice any devotion and where carrying of any form of spiritual articles are discouraged? Are seminarians hoarded together under compulsion to such programmes in the name of retreats?
There are priests who even teach yoga in parishes, like Fr. Vincent Pereira at Amboli. It is gather that there are some who go to the USA regularly for conducting yoga classes. Fr. Evan D’souza, Fr. Patrick D’mello, Fr Felix Rebello from Panvel, Fr. Rudolph Andrades, are priests who promote the cause of yoga and vippassana and other New Age methodologies. Some are even earning dollars and rupees from yoga.
A priest run foundation is heavily intoxicated with yoga. The said priest claims BKS Iyengar to be his Guru rather than Jesus. The Archdiocese has done nothing to reign in this priest all because they has been a nexus between the Bishops and him.
The ultimate question is this:
1) What is lacking in Catholic Spirituality that we are finding solace in these spirituality’s.?
2) Are they being ordained priests to promote yoga and eastern techniques or to proclaim the Gospel.?
The most notorious ones are the religious orders like the Jesuits and SVD’s who have been promoting these forms unbridled.
Priests who have opposed such contamination are marked out and isolated without any dialogue while on the other hand the Church has been promoting such syncretism in the name of dialogue. Alas for dialogue!
The following is the list of visiting professors at the St.Pius Seminary Goregaon.The said list has been taken from its official website.
Fr. Nigel Barrett : Communication Media
Fr. Barthol Barretto : Spiritual Direction & Homiletics
Fr. Anthony Charanghat : Mass Media Communications
Mr. Joe Cordo : Mass Media Communications
Ms. Gemma D’Cunha : Soft Skills for Leadership
Fr. Cyril Desbruslais, sj : Survey of Western Philosophy
Fr. Anthony Dias, sj : India’s Nomadic and De-Notified Tribes
Fr. Clement de Lima : Canon Law (Eucharist & Sacraments)
Fr. Caesar D’Mello : Moral Theology
Fr. Patrick D’Mello : Inter-Personal Skills, Pastoral Ministry (SCCs & BHCs)
Fr. Neil Dos Santos : Canon Law (Sanctions)
Fr. Francis D’Sa : Eco-Theology
Fr. Allwyn D’Silva : Human Rights, Social Advocacy & Pastoral Ministry (C.C.O.s)
Fr. Alwyn D’Souza : Church’s Social Doctrine
Dr. Cajetan D’Souza : Economics & Finance
Fr. Jervis D’Souza : Canon Law (Baptism. Confirmation, Anointing)
Fr. Jerome D’Souza, sj : Scripture
Ms. Juliet D’Souza : Yoga
Mr. Neil D’Souza : Mass Media Communications
Fr. Robert D’Souza : Wisdom & Psalms
Ms. Ruth D’Souza : Management & Leadership
Fr. Thomas D’Souza : A General Survey of Indian Religions
Fr. Walter D’Souza : Pastoral Ministry (Youth Animation)
Fr. K.T. Emmanuel : Canon Law (Introduction)
Fr. Anthony J. Fernandes : Pastoral Ministry (Youth Animation)
Fr. Errol Fernandes, sj : Scripture
Fr. Michael Fernandes, sdb : Canon Law (Religious Life & Priesthood)
Bp. Agnelo Gracias : Systematic Theology
Sr. Anne John, rjm : Church’s Response to AIDS
Dr. Meenal Katarnikar : Vedas & Upanishads
Fr. Clifton Lobo : Creative Thinking
Fr. John Lobo : Canon Law
Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas, sdb : Contemporary Indian Philosophy
Fr. Gabriel Mathias, ofm : Psychology
Fr. P. D. Matthews : Legal Aid
Fr. Mario Mendes : Scripture & Sociology
Fr. Cajetan Menezes : Pastoral Counselling
Ms. Sharon Menezes : World History & Indian History
Fr. S.M. Michael, svd : Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Perpetua Miranda : Sociology
Fr. Aniceto Nazareth : Liturgy
Fr. Jacob Parapally : Significance of Jesus Christ in India
Fr. Robert Pen, sdb : Socio-Political Philosophy
Bp. Bosco Penha : Pastoral Theology
Fr. Aniceto Pereira : Sacramental Theology
Fr. Joseph H. Pereira : Counselling
Fr. Larry Pereira : History of the Catholic Church in the Mumbai Region
Fr. Vincent Pereira : Psychology
Dr. Yolande Pereira : Pastoral Counselling
Ms. Zarine Pinto : Mass Media Communications
Fr. Thomas Reddy, sj : Church History
Fr. Savio Rodrigues : Liturgy & Pastoral Ministry
Mr. Adrian Rosario : Creative Thinking and Management
Fr. Jerry Rosario, sj : Socio-Pastoral Praxis
Fr. Michael Rosario : Indian Culture
Ms. Surya Sashidharan : Darshanas
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