Fr. Bill Kneemiller: Returned to the Catholic Faith from the New Age

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October 27, 2014

Father Bill grew up in a Catholic family in St. Charles, Missouri. In college he became involved, beginning with Yoga, in Eastern meditation and eventually the New Age Movement. He became so involved that for fifteen years he taught Transcendental Meditation. His return to the Catholic faith began when he became involved with a Rosary group that emphasized praying from the heart. Through this he realized that prayer was relationship and a grace and not just a meditative technique. Father Bill is now a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa.

  • Guest

    I went to yoga classes at my health club and they had no spiritual component. It was just stretching and strength exercises.

    • OnlyOne001

      A beginner’s class may not even mention the religious aspects of the postures and movements. But the basis is there nonetheless, and the further one goes in the classes, the more they become evident. This is the same “acclimatization” technique used by cults, pressure groups and militant organizations to get their followers or the public leaning their way. When the time is right, when they have enough power, they spring the trap and force everybody — including, sometimes, the law — to bow to their will.

  • dannybhoy

    I know a Catholic priest who is convinced that Zen meditation (zen zen) is harmless. I can attest that this man has wandered away from his Catholic Christian roots and no longer believes it is possible to know God, that Jesus was a good man , but that salvation is meaningless and that we can learn from all religions ..

    • Christopher DS

      Just as Pope Francis is promoting; we have to thank Pope John Paul for that. Pope John Paul II believed and inserted into the Catechism of the Catholic Church that, “we worship the same God as Muslims.” He promoted syncreticism by worshiping in mosques, temples and other pagan sites. That is why most Catholics including priests, bishops and cardinals dabble in other religions and their cults. Peace cannot be achieved bt sacrificing Truth. Our God is Trinity. Our Lord Jesus Christ IS TRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN; Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. JUSUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

      • dannybhoy

        Agreed. I just find it difficult to understand how in light of your last statement, ‘Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life’, any member of the priesthood would look anywhere else.