'Yoga Is Demonic' And 'Serious Sin' Says Catholic Bishop (Video)

‘Yoga Is Demonic’ And ‘Serious Sin’ Says Catholic Bishop (Video)

Salvation Alert!! Salvation Alert!! It seems that I, along with over 20 million other Americans, are putting our mortal souls in danger. In danger of being sent to Hell, to burn among the fire and brimstone. We are tempting the Devil, my friends.Tempting him to enter our souls when our brain is not vigilantly guarding against such attacks.  Why, you may ask.  Because yoga, which engages the body and mind through stretching, meditation, and controlled breathing. Did you know that  merely dress in yoga pants is indecent?  You don’t want to be showing off the print of your hooha for all the world to see, now do you, you damn floozy. Immodesty might make men think about sex and that can never lead anywhere good. Just ask the Duggars.

“Good Christians” shouldn’t do yoga.” warned retired Catholic Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of the Catholic Diocese Of Lincoln,Nebraska in a statement telling Catholics to abstain from the practice. The statements were included in a May 18 blog on the Women of Grace website, a Catholic organization for women.The Bishop called yoga a dangerous practice and “a pagan religion based on heathen beliefs and false doctrine of revelation involving such things as transmigration of souls, and so forth.”

“Certainly, if one wants to engage in physical exercises to strengthen one’s body, such a practice would be morally neutral, and would not, in itself, involve anything detrimental to our Catholic faith,” Bruskewitz continued in his statement.  (This guy has never been to a Gold’s Gym, obviously.)

“The practice of yoga…eventually morphs into an acceptance of points of view, and even doctrinal and moral matters that are distant from Catholic truth and from genuine and authentic Christian revelation.

In our time there are innumerable ways and methods by which appropriate and proper exercise of the human body can be undertaken that present no real danger to our faith or to our Catholic beliefs and commitments. It would be most desirable for persons who are Catholic to abstain from the practice of yoga and use other methods to exercise. We are never allowed to place our Catholic faith unnecessarily in any danger, and certainly the practice of yoga could be an occasion of serious sin.”

This irrational fear of all things foreign and unknown isn’t new and is certainly not limited to Catholics. Evangelical leaders such as Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, have been warning for years that yoga is religious, though not in a good way, and that Christians must choose between Christianity and yoga. In a 2005 article in Today’s Christian Woman ominously titled “The Truth About Yoga,” Holly Vicente Robaina recounts how the evils of downward dog and sun salutation led Laurette Willis into a life of errant New Age practices, loneliness, alcoholism, and promiscuity.

Since then, other warnings have been issued by such Evangelical dignitaries as John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in California, Pat Robertson, who calls yoga “really spooky”, and by Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.  Driscoll preached a sermon about yoga.  See it here:

Coincidentally, a story aired recently on CBS Morning News illustrating how veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are being successfully treated by the practice of yoga and meditation. PTSD afflicts about 20 percent of U.S. forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Symptoms include severe anxiety, depression and a constant sense of impending doom. Also of note, it is estimated that 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives every day.

Dr. Ajit Pai, Chief of Rehabilitation at the Richmond Virginia VA Hospital, agrees that yoga works for people with PTSD. “There is more and more literature and research out there, especially that’s driven by VA, that yoga helps PTSD,” he said.

Pai said the VA has taken notice, and now offers a broad range of alternative techniques for patients with PTSD, including yoga and Chinese practices such as chi gong, tai chi and even acupuncture.

Nevermind the good that yoga is doing, or the healing that is taking place. No matter how you look at it, from an ultra-conservative Christian stand point, it is still evil and sinful. “It is impossible to separate the Hindu religious aspects of yoga from the practice of yoga,” said JD Flynn, special assistant to Bishop James Conley for the Lincoln Diocese. Flynn spoke on behalf of Bruskewitz and Conley, who were unavailable for comment.

“Yoga with its body positions and meditation is designed to create a greater self-awareness of oneness with the universe and a proclamation of oneness with the universe,” Flynn continued. “Christians believe God is God. … We are called together in unity, but we are not one with God and we cannot become God and the universe will not become God,” Flynn said. “The problem with yoga, even if practiced solely for exercise is that combining certain stretches and meditation can “lead to certain spiritual awareness and consequences,” Flynn said.

What is this “certain spiritual awareness” he speaks of, I wonder. Could it be the concept that the Church may not have all the answers?  Are the consequences thoughts that lead people to ask questions about religion, a creator and about their faith in general?

The know-it-all Catholic dudes insist Christians find alternative methods of exercise. Ones that aren’t pagan and won’t lead you down the primrose path to eternal damnation.  Watch out come holiday time. Someone may do a little reading and find out many of Christianity’s celebratory rituals have pagan origins.  If they uphold the yoga ban, mustn’t they do the same for Christmas and Easter?

On a personal level, I do yoga so I won’t sin. Without that time of mindfulness and meditation, I am much more prone to one day punch someone in the throat. I don’t worry that yoga opens my mind to demons. Good luck in there, guys  I would worry, however, if there was a danger of turning me into a sanctimonious hypocrite.

Namaste.

(H/T: Lincoln Journal Star, Addicting Info   Photo by dollen

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