Bishop: Stop teaching Yoga as it goes against the Christian faith

Created on: 23rd October 2019

A bishop has asked Catholic schools to stop teaching children yoga because it goes against the Christian faith. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan told the schools that practices like yoga are ‘not capable of opening our hearts up to God.

He instead advised schools to ‘incorporate Christian mindfulness instead’, which he said was ‘not mindlessness, but is meditation based on Christ’. Highlighting that October is the month of the rosary, the Bishop encouraged staff to ‘pray the rosary’ and help the children to spend time with Jesus in adoration instead of meditating.

The Bishop sent the letter to school staff in his Waterford and Lismore diocese, in southern Ireland, on October 10, slamming the practice of yoga. He also referred to Pope Francis’s 2015 homily in which he said: ‘Practices like yoga are not capable of opening our hearts up to God.’ Catholic schools told not to teach yoga because it's not Christian.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan encouraged staff to ‘pray the rosary’ and to help children to spend time with Jesus in adoration instead of meditating Bishop Cullinan said the Pope’s views were ‘very much in accordance with the spirit’ of the ‘Grow in Love’ programme, a new religious education series designed for Irish schools.

The Bishop is no stranger to controversy. Last year, he faced condemnation from members of the Irish Parliament after announcing plans to establish a ‘delivery ministry’ of exorcists to deal with evil spirits.

Posted by Amanda Hopkins

Extract from https://metro.co.uk

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