Monday, April 28, 2008

La Salette Center for Christian Living and Pax Christi

A few week ago, the La Salette Center for Christian Living in Attleboro offered the 16th annual Pax Christi Massachusetts retreat directed by Sister Patricia McCarthy. As explained here, Pax Christi is both a leftist organization and nationally-recognized dissent group. Pax Christi has strong ties to another well-recognized dissent group - Call to Action. As explained here, Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, has described the Call to Action movement [of which Pax Christi is part and parcel] as one which is, "..often disguised as a sincere effort to 'renew' the Catholic Church" but which masks "a hidden agenda and poison fruit which the noisier dissenters never tire of offering to their unsuspecting victims."

As Elizabeth Drennan notes in her excellent article:

"The CTA [Call to Action]/lesbian pro-abortion Feminist's Prayer to the Four Great Spirits is also part of RENEW 2000 materials (Called to Lead, book 2). In this prayer/exercise, participants stand in a circle, arms outstretched, and pray to the "Great Spirits of the Four Directions, North, South, East, and West" and "to the Great Spirit of All That Is Below" — which is actually in the text of RENEW 2000, along with its author's name: Diann Neu, the lesbian-feminist CTA speaker.

Alarmingly, the idea of prayer to the "four directions" which Neu teaches RENEW 2000 participants is also an intrinsic part of WICCA (witchcraft) worship of the goddess, Gaia, according to WICCA web sites."

Astute readers of this Blog will recall from a previous posting of mine how the La Salette Center for Christian Living had offered a retreat directed by a witch [and former nun] which featured an altar to the "four directions."

And this is where Steubenville East is held every year?

Related reading (Renew 2000):


Ted Loiseau said...

Small wonder that the La Salette community cannot attract vocations. Call to Action and Pax Christi are bold dissent groups which pose a threat to souls. But witchcraft at La Salette Attleboro? That is simply satanic.

Samantha said...

I don't think Catholic youth should congregate at a rereat center which has been used to promote Wiccan spirituality or dissent. This is crazy....absolutely crazy!

Janice said...

How does one reconcile New Age/Witchcraft with 2116 of the Catechism?

Sanctus Belle said...

Does the crew at Steubenville know this??

Amanda said...

Paul, this is both sickening and unbelievable. When will such nonsense no longer be tolerated in the Church? Altar to the four directions? Why don't they just be honest and have a Black Mass? Witchcraft, Satanism - it's the same thing.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Janice, one cannot. All forms of divination are incompatible with the Gospel and Church teaching. Sanctus, I was thinking that myself. Hopefully people will contact them to express their concerns. Amanda, you are right. There is no substantial difference here between witchcraft and satanism. Conjuring up Satan or other demons is gravely sinful and extremely dangerous. Those who practice these things are really worshipping the Prince of this world.

Ellen Wironken said...

Parents need to be informed about the La Salette retreat center and what they allow there. I for one will never again take a retreat there. For the same reason that I wouldn't take a retreat at the Evensong retreat center. Franciscan youth should find another retreat facility. To hold Steubenville East at the La Salette retreat center is to financially support an entity which permits dissent and Wicca to be promoted to unsuspecting Catholics. What an abomination.

Ashley Pelletier said...

Wow....that's just bizarre. I'll be sure to tell all my friends to stay away from that retreat house.

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