Yoga may be a gateway to Satanism and Holy cracker theft, suggests barmy exorcist
FOLLOWING a report yesterday that a Catholic priest had banned yoga classes from his Southampton church hall in Southampton, today we have a clearer picture of why Roman Catholics fear this “Hindu spiritual exercise” and other forms of New Age practices.
Father Gary Thomas, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, California, told a recent conference of exorcists that:
There is a greater need for exorcism because there is a greater frequency of the practices of the occult, New Age and Satanism, both on the part of Catholics and other people alike.
Conference speakers explained that people begin experimenting with other traditions and rituals, often simply out of curiosity.
They don’t realize that they are, at the same time, losing their spiritual centre and turning away from God.
Worse, some are doing naughty things in Church, like nicking Holy crackers and smuggling them out for “obscene purposes”.
Father Thomas, a priest for 28 years, told of his experience of spotting people who appeared not to be consuming the Eucharist.
If I don’t know them, I’ll say, ‘Excuse me, will you please finish consuming the body of Christ in my presence?’
The St Edmund’s Church yoga ban was imposed by Father John Chandler, who said the church had been “misled” by instructor Cori Withell from Hampshire. He thought the hall booking was for pilates but then discovered it was also being used for spiritual yoga.
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual exercise. Being a Catholic church we have to promote the gospel, and that’s what we use our premises for.
Ravindra Parmar, president of the Vedic Society Hindu Temple of Southampton, explained that yoga was:
A form of exercise and not a religious type of activity.
He added people were welcome to practice yoga exercises at the temple and said he felt “a little let down” because of the work the Southampton Council of Faiths does:
To get all the faiths talking to each other.
A spokesman for Portsmouth Catholic Diocese said:
It’s not possible for Catholic premises to be used for non-Christian activities, and there is a dilemma with yoga as it can be seen as Hindu meditation or as relaxation. There is no national policy on this and the decision is for each priest.
More Catholic claptrap fell from the lips of Pope Ratzinger yesterday when, at his general audience in St Peter’s Square, he banged on at great length about the Church’s public prayer, known as the liturgy, which is:
The opposite of how we normally communicate, where internal thoughts usually precede the formulation of external speech.
What in the name of sweet sanity does this mean? Despite a huge infusion of caffeine and nicotine after reading this sentence, I remain mystified.
Ratzinger explained to the estimated 10,000 pilgrims present that the liturgy, which also has the power to “free hearts from the force of gravity”, comes from the Greek meaning:
Work done by the people and for the people.
The people in question are the “new people of God, brought into being by Christ through his passion, death and resurrection”. This means it is a people:
Brought into being through the paschal mystery.
The true mystery, of course, is how thousands can stand by, listen and pretend understand this ridiculous, pretentious bullshit.
Hat tip: Barriejohn, Marcus and Angela (Yoga report)