Here is a quote from Fr. Colhoun: “When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to. The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways. I’m not saying everyone gets it, or that it happens every time, and people may well be doing yoga harmlessly, but there’s always a risk and that’s why the Pope mentioned it and that’s why we talk about that in terms of the danger of the new age movement and the danger of the occult today. That’s the fear.”
Another equally disturbing quote: “Practicing yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter.” To read the entire article, click the link: http://higherperspective.com/2015/03/yoga-satan.html.
I wonder what he would say about one of my teachers, Sr. Iyengar yoga teacher, Father Joe Pereira? Father Joe is a Catholic priest who teaches yoga and quotes the Yoga Sutras. He was a friend and colleague of Mother Teresa and a long time friend and student of BKS Iyengar. A man whose life’s work is spent helping people with AIDs and people struggling with addiction. He is the founder of the Kripa Foundation, the largest Non–Governmental Organization in India created to help these individuals.
Here is an excerpt of “Addiction, Recovery and Yoga” featuring Father Joe in a powerful documentary on how people have used yoga as part of their journey in recovery from serious addiction problems to a new life of well-being and emotional stability.
And Father Joe leading a chant embracing All religions.
In my opinion what we need in this world is more enlightened priests like Father Joe Pereira and less closed-minded antiquated priests rooted in the dark ages like Father Calhoon.