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Bishop Morlino bans New Age nuns from speaking in his diocese
12/15/2012 2:30:00 PM
By John Jalsevac -LifeSiteNews.com

The Catholic bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, has banned employees with a local "spirituality center," including two nuns, from speaking in his diocese over concerns that they are misrepresenting the Catholic faith and preaching the New Age religion.

Bishop Robert Morlino is well known to pro-life and pro-family activists for his strong defense of the Roman Catholic Church's teachings, particularly on life and family. He has earned praise from Catholics in the past for cracking down on dissent in his diocese.

A memo from Msgr. James Bartylla, the vicar general of the diocese of Madison, explains that staff from the Wisdom's Well Interfaith Spirituality Center are no longer permitted "to preach, catechize, lead spiritual or prayer instructions or exercises, or to provide spiritual direction or guidance" at any Catholic institutions in the diocese.

The center is also banned from distributing any of its materials or advertising in the diocese.

The vicar general explained that an examination of the center's website had raised "grave concerns" that "the center and its members may espouse certain views flowing from New Ageism, panentheism, and indifferentism, and may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church's approach to interreligious dialogue."

Msgr. Bartylla said that these views are often associated with a "spirit of relativism."

The center says it is "grounded in the Christian tradition," but embraces "the wisdom found in other religious traditions" and seeks to help others reach contemplation as members of a "sacred Earth community."

A mission statement on the center's website says that it "serves to support those who desire to grow spiritually, seek inner wisdom, and yearn for a transformative spirituality."

The vicar general's letter named four women who are associated with the center who are banned from speaking in the diocese. One of these is a former employee who has been ordained as a Buddhist priest, but who still offers some of the center's programs, according to the center's website. Two of the others, Sr. Maureen McDonnell and Sr. Lynn Lisbeth, are nuns from the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, a congregation of nuns based in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

In a press release, the communications director for the Sinsinawa Dominicans said that the two sisters named in Msgr. Bartylla's memo "are respected and valued members of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation."

Full story at LifeSiteNews.com


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