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Vatican preparing document on New Age movement

Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for Culture, is next month expected to release a document on the New Age movement.

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the new president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, said the statement has been "in preparation for a long time." But he adds that the document will be "just a provisional study, which should open a discussion" on the New Age phenomenon.

New Age ideology had its origins in European and American circles of the late 19th century. It began to exercise considerable public influence during the 1970s, linked at times with utopian ideologies and with astrological speculation. Today's New Age movement incorporates many esoteric mystical and "magical" traditions along with aspects of established religious traditions.

Although the growth of the New Age movement has slowed considerably in recent years, the ideology remains influential in its appeal to "those who search for a global spirituality, capable of providing a path that leads to union with God, with all humanity, and with the cosmos."

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The Vatican Report: Sects or New Religious Movements: a Pastoral Challenge May 3rd, 1986

22 Jan 2003