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 Contents - Apr 2006AD2000 April 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: New cardinals: Benedict XVI signals his intentions - Michael Gilchrist
Conscience: Dissenters' appeal to Rome 'a real hoot' says Cardinal Pell - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Books: Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
EarthSong: Green Christianity or a new paganism? - Michael Gilchrist
Salesian Missions: Cardinal Pell visits East Timor - Michael Lynch SDB
Creation: Intelligent Design and the war against God - Stephen Hitchings
The Domestic Church: The Christian Family Movement: re-evangelising through families - Leslie Sammut
Has just punishment had its day? - Fr Matthew Kirby
1973 Decree: A Fourth Rite of Reconciliation for Queensland? - AD2000
Music and Culture: Benedict XVI, Mozart and the quest for beauty - Mark Freer
Letters: Religious education - Saskia Ebejer
Letters: Action needed - Kevin McBride
Letters: New Age - Yana Di Pietro and Magenta Ray
Letters: Translations - George Simpson
Letters: National suicide - Greg O'Regan
Letters: Anti-life politicians - Robert Bom
Letters: RU486 - Brian Harris
Letters: Courageous example - Arnold Jago
Letters: Inclusive language - Ottavio Kos
Letters: Overseas priests - Peter Gilet
Letters: Leadership needed - Tom King
Letters: Church of England - Jim Turley
Letters: Religious life - Barbara Chigwidden
Books: Swear To God: The Promise and Powers of the Sacraments, by Scott Hahn - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Mother Angelica, by Raymond Arroyo - Stephen Hitchings (reviewer)
Books: Fr Martin D'Arcy: Philosopher of Christian Love, by H.J.A. Sire - Michael E. Daniel
Events: Holy Week 2006: Classical Roman Rite in Melbourne
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: The redeeming Cross: at the centre of Christian faith - Cardinal George Pell

It was with great interest that we read Wanda Skowronska's article "New Age paganism's creeping influence within the Church" (February AD2000).

As ex-long-term New Agers who have recently converted back to the Church, we agree with Wanda that the New Age Movement has successfully infiltrated sections of the Catholic Church.

It is precisely because we had spent so many years in the New Age studying and practising its disciplines that we were able to detect its presence in our own parish.

Are you in a yoga class? Do you receive Reiki as a form of healing? Are you participating in any form of meditation or guided visualisation? Have you adopted astrology as a belief? Are you allowing an Alternative practitioner to perform spiritual healing or give you spiritual advice? Are mantras and affirmations a part of your daily routine? Do you study the kabbalah for the purpose of spiritual enlightenment? Do you believe crystals have the power to heal?

This is by no means a comprehensive list of New Age practices and serves only to initiate questions and conversations within the Church community. Ask your parish priest about the New Age. Ask him if it is in your parish and community

Our concern that most Catholics do not know what the New Age is, what its beliefs and practices are, how to identify it and most importantly, why it is not compatible with the teachings of the Church.

If you are concerned that the New Age Movement may have inadvertently led you astray then we suggest you read the Vatican document "Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life" at for a full explanation of the New Age. We also recommend the book Ransomed From Darkness by Moira Noonan.

Melbourne, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 3 (April 2006), p. 14

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