Originally posted by sonhouse
Gee, could there be some bias in this report?
Apparently the Catholic church does not want people to have a personal relationship with spirituality outside of the organized church. Wow, what an epiphany.
I am not sure why you pick on the Catholic Church here. The only Catholic mentioned is a Jesuit priest, Father James Martin. It must be noted that Fr Martin does not exercise any leadership in the Church. He is not a bishop or spokesman. He is in fact an American economist who generally writes on social justice issues; in no way does he speak on behalf of the Catholic Church and many times he has in fact been criticised as heterodox*.
Anyway, you clearly have not read the article because Fr Martin does not talk about organised religion (if you were in fact familiar with his other writings, you would be aware that he is in fact quite sympathetic to non-Catholic spirituality.) His criticism is merely that when people identify as spiritual, they mean only something very tenuous and non-committal. People may say that they are spiritual but at the same time feel no sense of duty to those suffering injustice. Their putative spirituality may have no impact on their life. Exactly how
could you possibly disagree with that criticism?
*On this point, the description of America
as a Catholic magazine is quite seriously flawed. The magazine is affiliated with the Jesuits but has been largely criticised by Catholic organisations, including the Vatican. Its editor was forced to retire some years ago for promoting religious pluralism, homosexuality and contraception. The CNN article is obviously written by a hack journalist.