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Why Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism July 16, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.

Here’s an article by the sadly deceased but excellent Fr. John Hardon, SJ (yes, I know, a Jesuit!) about yoga and why it is incompatible with Catholicism.  This article is timely and needed in our diocese because an increasing number of Catholic parishes are offering yoga as a form of ‘spiritual exercise.”  Fr. Hardon is having none of it:

Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism because the best known practice of Hindu spirituality is Yoga. “Inner” Hinduism professes pantheism, which denies that there is only one infinite Being who created the world out of nothing. This pantheistic Hinduism says to the multitude of uncultured believers who follow the ways of the gods that they will receive the reward of the gods. They will have brief tastes of heaven between successive rebirths on earth. But they will never be delivered from the “wheel of existence” with its illusory lives and deaths until they realize that only “God” exists and all else is illusion (Maya). To achieve this liberation the principal way is by means of concentration and self control (yoga).

I should also remind that yoga also goes hand in hand with numerous other ‘new age’ practices.  Some of the local parishes that offer yoga include: St. Elizabeth Seton Plano, Prince of Peace Plano, and All Saints in far North Dallas

Nothing says ‘Catholic’ like getting in touch with your inner Zen and chanting mantras!


1. Subvet - July 17, 2010

To your list of “new age” practitioners, add St. Joseph’s in Richardson. They proudly tout their labyrinth.

tantamergo - July 19, 2010

I know. I’m working on a post on this subject, there is a group of inter-related parishes in this area that support and coordinate new age activities, led by Seton (public face) and St. Joseph (more silent partner).

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