Who Was Maria Montessori?

Rumors have abounded for many years that Maria Montessor, the founder of the Montessori method of education, was a theosophist. In truth, she did have an association with theosophists while interned in India during World War II, but this was at the end of her life and after her teaching methods and schools were already well established.

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What to Do When a Librarian Stuffs the Parish Library with New Age Books

TS asks: “I am a volunteer in our Parish Library and am causing trouble by respectfully and carefully questioning why we allow certain authors in our ‘Catholic’ library.  The librarian is a very recent convert and has said that if the Vatican has not excommunicated the authors, then their books must be OK.  And the pastor is very liberal and was a good friend of the ‘centering prayer’ priest, Fr. Menninger.  I’ve researched to try to find something that lists specific books because the librarian will only believe that. She says which of the books and I say all, but she won’t go for that.  I am concerned about Matthew Fox, Anthony DeMello, etc., but especially the new age believers like Joyce Rupp, Joan C…. and those.  What should I do?”

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Can Catholics Wear Tie Dyed Clothing?

Anonymous asks: “I recently purchased some clothing, with the tie dye on them. Sometimes, I think they are strange designs that don’t make sense on the clothing. I googled tie dye to know if there are any spiritual origins to the tie design and apparently there can be in certain cultures. Is this true or am I overthinking?”

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What’s the Story on Pierre Tielhard de Chardin?

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LE writes: “There seems to be a resurgence of the life and philosophies of this man . What is going on?  Have the people forgotten his history. I wanted to look him up in your list under new age but I couldn’t find him. Could you put out an exposé’ on him?”

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Vatican Obelisk: Symbol of the Conquering Power of the Church

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GH asks: “I have a question about a large Obelisk located outside of St. Peter’s basilica in Rome.  I have read that new agers believe that obelisks embody the very presence of Lucifer.  Why would our Holy Mother Church allow an obelisk to be erected just outside of St. Peter’s basilica?”

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