DH asks: “Have you investigated any information about drum circles that are “popping up” in Catholic Churches and at women religious retreats? We have some very devout people in our parish who are musicians and they have latched onto the idea that Christian praise and worship can occur within drum circles. They have organized a drum circle and the group alternates meetings between our Catholic Church and a local Protestant denomination. Our Youth Ministry members also participate now. The drum circle is advertised as “musical worship, family fun, includes the children , and, as an appealing way to praise God. . .
CC asks: “Can you do something to straighten out this New Age Kolbrin Bible (supposedly salvaged from an arson in 1184 from Glastonbury Abbey). The 5 first set/books called the Bronzebooks & the last 5 books Coelbooks…..Related to this subject – while you’re at it – an explanation is needed about: Zecharin Sitchin; Irish/Celtic Ten Lost Tribes; Nirbiru!”
JE asks: “Would you consider the presence of a Dream Catcher an open door to the occult? I’ve never been comfortable with their use for children . . . I have a necklace & earring set of Dreamcatchers sitting in my jewelry box. . . . (A)fter reading about some of your other posts about jewelry I’ve been thinking that in addition to pitching the “Mary Poppins” book set I never got around to reading, I should pitch the Dream Catcher jewelry as well. Could you maybe tell us a little more about what to look out for in jewelry? Or would that be a whole ‘nother Learn to Discern book?”
AD writes: “Can you tell me about The Five Agreements? I have found out the author is a nagual shaman and it originates with the Toltic religion and culture. To me this is very New Age and someone close to me is encouraging me to buy into this.”
CZ writes: “A woman who used to minister at our local Catholic retreat house recently died. Her obit talks about having spent the last ten years in teaching “the New Cosmology.” What is that? Just from the sound of it, I am sure it is not in accord with Catholicism and church teaching.”
DKK ssks: “Can you write something about the practice of smudging in native spirituality? Is it wrong or against Catholic doctrine?”
GM writes: “My mother and I got into a discussion about idolatry a few weeks ago. She seems to think that having pagan artwork in the home isn’t idolatry, and I can’t help but feel like it is, although the extent of it is a rendering of a buddha by my sister, and a couple buddha statues in opposite alcoves in our entryway. What is Church teaching regarding this?”
I must admit, it struck me as downright shocking that a memorial service held at a public university for the Judeo-Christian victims of the Tucson massacre would offer a pantheistic pagan blessing by a Native American rather than a blessing from a representative of the faiths of the victims. This becomes even more perplexing when you consider that the Yacqi Indian who gave the blessing is Catholic.