Wednesday Roundup: June 3, 2015

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False Seer Tricks Pope Benedict into Receiving Her Book
S. Brinkmann, Women Of Grace, June 1, 2015
  • She sent envoys to a meeting that was arranged under false pretenses
  • The meeting "would never have taken place if they knew the truth."
  • Her messages have been previously warned against as "objectively heretical and against the doctrine of the Church."


Study: Mindfulness Meditation Techniques Have a Down Side
S. Brinkmann, Women Of Grace, June 1, 2015
  • Up to 60 percent of people who participate in Eastern style meditation techniques suffer side effects
  • Although most media coverage of these trendy practices is positive, researchers want more studies on their negative effects
  • Mania, hallucinations, and psychosis "are known side effects of deliberately altered mental states"
  • A researcher at the University of Surrey: media reports of benefits [of meditation and mindfulness] "are often inflated … whereas studies that do not discover significant benefits rarely pick up media interest"
  • An altered state of consciousness can occur as a result of high fevers, drugs, coma, sleep or oxygen deprivation, or Eastern meditation practices (including TM, yoga, mindfulness meditation, centering prayer, hypnosis, etc.); typical side effects include "psychotic-like delusional thinking, panic attacks, insomnia, personality changes". Loss of concentration, confusion, impaired coping skills, depression can also occur.
Catholic News Agency, May 27, 2015
  • "[P]urports to invoke a Mexican demon
  • Is "a simplified version of the Ouija board"
  • "Spanish exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea said the game "involves the very real, occult practice of 'calling on spirits.' "


The Pill Really Does Kill
S. Brinkmann, Women Of Grace, June 2, 2015
  • Includes link to a free pamphlet The Phony War on Women is a Crime Against Humanity which includes information on research
  • Also includes link to Web site providing information on research

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