Several readers have questioned whether or not the writings of Thomas Merton are suitable for Catholic reading due to his seeming espousal of eastern mysticism toward the end of his life. The answer to that question is yes – and no. Let me explain.
According to a statement issued by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fr. Yozefu Ssemakula’s book, The Healing of Families, has not received an imprimatur; however, Father Ssemakula is “currently working to remedy the situation.”
We recently had a question about the videos made by a visual artist named Johnnie Lawson who specializes in recording the peaceful sounds of nature. Is there anything wrong with listening to these videos, which millions of insomniacs are using around the world to help themselves fall asleep?
G asks: “My dearest childhood friend is in the psychiatric ward of her local hospital, receiving electroconvuslive therapy (ECT) as treatment for her decades-long struggle with deep depression, for which psychotherapy and medication offered little to no relief. . . .
A former U.S. Air Force worker who claims she was abducted multiple times by alien reptiles who raped her on the moon is the latest reason why people should avoid any participation in repressed memory therapy.
We recently had a question from a reader who wonders if it’s okay to use Chinese spoon massage.