Interreligious Dialogue

Mgr Peter Fleetwood on Eastern Meditation

13/11/2012 9:40 am

Monsignor Peter Fleetwood worked in Rome at the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture for several years. He is also a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

In this podcast, he speaks to the Bishops' Interreligious Adviser Katharina Smith-Muller about Eastern Meditation and specifically yoga. Can Catholics practice yoga? Is it permissible to take part for physical exercise only? These questions and more are tackled here.

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You can listen to or download the full interview using the embedded SoundCloud player.

Vatican Documents

Few documents from the Holy See mention Eastern Meditation. The Pontifical Council for Culture with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a publication in 1999 called Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian reflection on the “New Age”.

In 1989, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also issued a letter to Bishops on "Some aspects of Christian Meditation". It was signed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger as Prefect of the CDF.

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