Korean Bishops Take Step to Counter Non-Christian Trends

SEOUL, South Korea, MAY 11, 2003 (ZENIT.orgFides).- The Church in Korea has published a tract warning about new non-Christian elements that threaten the faith of local Catholics.

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The publication, “Movements and Trends Harmful to Healthy Faith Life,” is the result of a decision of the episcopal conference at its spring assembly. The tract was prepared by Father Francis Xavier Ahn Myong-ok, president of the bishops’ Commission for Doctrine.

“The book aims to see that Catholics have a correct understanding of the Catholic faith and the mission of the Church so they may recognize phenomena which threaten their faith life,” said Father Ahn.

The Commission for Doctrine warns that the new religious sects are in contradiction with the Catholic faith because they deny the concept of the uniqueness of God and tend to foster religious indifferentism by regarding natural elements as gods.

The trends and movements also belittle the Church, affirming the validity of many different paths to reach interior peace. The publication focuses in particular on the “New Spiritual Movement,” introduced in recent years, which has had a considerable impact on Catholics.

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