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Archbishop’s notice on New Age rosaries – Oct 24, 2010

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Friday, 22 October 2010 14:16


I have been advised that “New Age Rosaries” are being distributed to the children in Catholic schools, free of charge. They are white, blue and pink in colour and have symbols on them which some people have found very strange. People have contacted the CEBM with questions and the CEBM has referred the matter to my office.

I refer the Archdiocese to the principle “The law of prayer is the law of belief”. Based on that norm, the Church has always been very vigilant that prayer forms be approved by the Church.

Four Vatican Departments have issued a document for the guidance of the Church, “Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian Reflection on the New Age”. The purpose of the document was to show how the New Age Movement is different from the Christian Faith. (An analysis of the document was published in the Catholic News in the Archbishop’s Column in four instalments under the title: “The Search for Meaning in Life” from May through July of 2003).

I assume that the distribution of New Age rosaries in the schools of the Archdiocese is a good faith action by those responsible. However, considering the reaction of the Vatican to New Age spirituality in general, I request that the practice cease immediately. I ask the CEBM to inform all Principals of Catholic Schools of my decision.

I also ask the Parish Priests/Parish Administrators to be alert to the use of the New Age Rosaries in the Parishes of the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Edward J Gilbert CSsR

Archbishop of Port of Spain

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 15:44