Catholic Mysticism in The Emerging Church

Richard Bennett, a former Roman Catholic Priest … “Catholic Mysticism and the Emerging Church may be one of the most important topics that we have addressed. Catholic mysticism has helped mightily to transform the New Age Movement from being counter-culture to being embraced by Evangelicals, and Western civilization as such. Catholic mysticism has affected almost every facet of life without being noticed or perceived.”

The Roman Catholic Church officially recognised Paganism in Vatican II …

In Hinduism men explore the divine mystery and express it both in the limitless riches of myth and the acurately defined insights of philosophy.  They seek release from the trials of the present life by ascetical practices, profound meditation and recourse to God in confidence and love.   Buddhism in its various forms testifies to the essential inadequacy of this changing world.  It proposes a way of life by which man can, with confidence and trust, attain a state of perfect liberation and reach supreme liberation either through their own efforts or by the aid of divine help.  The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions.

Vatican II – Vol.1, Para 2, p.739

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