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Enneagram workshop (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2001AD2000 March 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: ACU theology: prompt action needed - Peter Westmore
New cardinals to continue John Paul II's agenda - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Seminary numbers up in orthodox US dioceses - Michael S. Rose
How Archbishop Pell will implement Statement on Women in the Church
Elizabeth Anscombe, R.I.P. - Robert P. George
ACU theology: how orthodox, how accountable? - Michael Gilchrist
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter ordinations
How monastic life can reinvigorate the Church - Fr Peter Knowles OP
Cardinal Ratzinger on 'Third Secret' of Fatima
What we must teach our children: Archbishop Chaput - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
New Catholic radio program to start in WA
The surprise Cardinal: Fr Avery Dulles SJ - Zenit News Service
Letters: Euthanasia in S.A. (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Scot Chaston
Letters: Enneagram workshop (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Church doctrine? (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Anti-Catholicism (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Old liturgical books (letter) - Frank Carleton
Letters: Latin (letter) - Karmenu Attard
Letters: Supernatural order (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Misguided compassion (letter)
Letters: G.K. Chesterton (letter) - Nancy McKelson
Letters: EWTN tapes (letter) - John Lovegrove
Letters: Vocations and orthodoxy (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Third Rite in Toowoomba (letter) - Mark Power
Letters: Poem to Our Lady - Marion Craig
Letters: Appeal from India (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Catholic education (letter) - Daniel Bryce
Letters: Boredom? (letter) - Josephine Landsberg
Books: Come To The Father: An Invitation to Share the Catholic Faith, Aidan Nichols OP - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: Streams of Living Water: Autobiography of a Charismatic Leader - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Why the hopes of the Council Fathers of Vatican II are yet to be realised - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Why I Am A Priest: Thirty Success Stories, ed. Boadt, Hunt - Katie Lindorff (reviewer)
Books: The Pange Lingua Hymnal, compiled by Paul Newton - Fr Gregory Pritchard PP (reviewer)
Reflection: Liturgy in the true spirit of Vatican II - Ralph McInerny

In the November AD2000 mention was made of an Enneagram Workshop promoted by the Toowoomba Catholic Education Office. The article quoted from The New Age by Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ, who clearly demonstrates that the Enneagram has its roots in the occult. Fr Pacwa writes: "There are serious theological problems with the notion of salvation in the Enneagram system. In general, these ideas are inconsistent with Christianity. Thus they should not be taught in retreats or parish workshops" (p.122).

Just on 16 years ago, I spent a week-end doing a course on the Enneagram. For quite some time, I was an enthusiastic supporter of this system that purports to reveal to the candidate the nine personality types with their strengths and weaknesses.

Further down the track, I came across the writings of Fr Pacwa. He clearly showed that the Enneagram was brought into existence around 1900AD by a George Gurdjieff from Georgia and that the claim it was a 2000-year-old Sufi system is absolute nonsense. Fr Pacwa brought me to the realisation that the Enneagram was nothing more than a modern myth and could cause psychological harm to those who embrace it.

The John XXIII Co-op Bookshop (PO Box 22, Ormond, Vic, 3204, (03) 9578 2706) stocks a number of interesting tapes of talks given by Fr Pacwa on New Age related subjects while he in Australia a few years ago.

Indooroopilly, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 2 (March 2001), p. 13

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