A Dangerous Practice

January 31, 2012 Anna Abbott 0

The Enneagram is a nine-sided figure that looks like a theorem straight from Euclid’s Elements. Instead of teaching basic mathematical facts, however, the Enneagram purports to teach a path to enlightenment, a path that Church […]

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Contradictory, Casual, Cool, and Crude

May 16, 2011 Anna Abbott 0

Last year, Rick Warren, a founder of the movement called the “Emergent Church,” hosted the first presidential forum between John McCain and Barack Obama. Held at Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California, the forum reflected […]

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Business as Usual

May 6, 2011 Anna Abbott 0

Last May, the United States Conference of Catholic bishops issued a statement condemning the occult practice of Reiki. That statement has had an ambiguous impact on religious orders, convents, retreat houses, and hospitals. In the […]

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Academe Comes Out of the Closet

April 28, 2011 Anna Abbott 0

In September of 2010, Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis denied the Eucharist to rainbow sash-wearing members of the group PRiSM (People Representing the Sexual Minority) from St. John’s University in Collegeville. In […]

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A Disturbing Substitute for Faith

April 18, 2011 Anna Abbott 0

In a Napa Valley pharmacy, I came upon 10 people in a circle listening to a woman instruct them on Reiki, a therapy based upon “universal energy.” She walked around them, resting her hands on […]