|India||BISHOPS ADVISE ON SPIRITUAL WRITER'S USE OF ASIAN FAITHS|
The bishops of India have issued pastoral guidelines on the spiritual writings of Fr Anthony De Mello, condemned last year by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The bishops accepted the CDF's main charge that Fr De Mello "distanced himself from the essential contents of the Christian faith" by drawing wisdom and spiritual exercises from Asian religions.
"Fr Tony's understanding of divine revelation as mainly new awareness and consciousness is admittedly weak when measured up against a clear fidelity to teaching of the Church," the bishops said.
However, they said it was important not to take Fr De Mello's works out of context.
"It is to be noted that not all works credited to Fr Tony were authorised for publication by him. To those who did not really know this complex, compassionate person nor appreciate his pastoral purpose, his technique and pedagogical method could be a source of misunderstanding."
Catholic Herald 2:02pm 27/5/99