|Totally corrupted hippy youth doing yoga at Woodstock! Do we need any more proof?|
Fr. Roland Colhoun, who is based in the Waterside, issued caution when saying mass in Drumsurn two Sundays ago, when he says he was drafted in at short notice. He said his sermon was based on the devil and exorcism.Doesn't this remind you of the Satanic Panic back in the 1980s and early 1990s -- or something Pat Robertson would say these days? Pat's stuck in the 1980s... or 980s... and I know this is a cheap shot, but Colhoun looks like he might be trapped in the 80s too.
“I mentioned a number of things that are part of the new age movement. It’s so embedded in our culture now that it has gained a kind of a respectability, but the new age practices, they’re certainly not good for us and the Church is very concerned about people employing them and has written specific documents on the new age movement. There is a great body of research (theological, spiritual and physiological) already done on it.”
|Fr. Roland Colhoun|
Fr. Colhoun said he mentioned yoga and Indian head massage. “The Indian head massage, while I haven’t done a great study into it, the difficulty is that it involves the laying on of hands on another person’s head. There is a risk when you do that because that is a rite we use in the sacramental practice for the communication of the Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation, and ordination as well,” said Fr Colhoun, “but if you do that outside of a sacramental rite you’re running the risk of communicating a bad spirit, not the Holy Spirit.”He's said similar Jack Chick type stuff about yoga:
“Pope Francis said ‘do not seek spiritual answers in yoga classes’. Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk. 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.”This has pissed off a lot of people, especially Hindus -- because this is part of their religion, this isn't just a bunch of smoothie-drinking lululemon-wearing American yoga class attendees.
Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has been particularly vocal against the priest and has been quoted across several news agencies. Remember, this is the guy who got Urban Outfitters to stop selling a blasphemous Lord Ganesh duvet cover, Ganesha socks and -- ironically -- Ganesh yoga mats and yoga pants. This was all for inappropriate use of a Hindu deity, which is about as insane as requiring that nobody draw your Prophet anywhere.
Well, this time I say go at it!
It's not just because I personally dislike the Catholic Church or that I have enjoyed doing yoga. It's because this priest is factually in the wrong: 1) Hindus do not believe in his evil spirits being channels by yoga; 2) There is no evidence that any spirits actually exist; 3) Because of #2, there is no spiritual health risk; 4) There is no evidence for any of the metaphysical claims Colhoun is making; 5) Nor for any metaphysical claims Hindus make; 6) It seems that yoga has positive benefits -- if only good exercise!