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Enneagram

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 Contents - Dec 2005AD2000 December 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Christmas: time for Christians to stand up! - Michael Gilchrist
Synod on the Eucharist sets agenda for Benedict's pontificate - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
PRAYER: Melbourne initiative: a spiritual approach can defeat drug addiction - Anh Nguyen
Episcopacy: Archbishop Chaput of Denver: America's plain-speaking Pope's man - Peter J. Boyer
Formation: St John Vianney's blueprint for the priesthood back in favour - Fr John Cihak
The Eucharist: gift of an interventionist God - Chris Hilder
Cinema: New movie's balanced presentation of exorcism: The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Shannon Donahoo (reviewer)
Letters: Medical research - Maureen Federico
Letters: Enneagram - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Vatican II myths - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Stem cell therapy - Brian Harris
Letters: Evangelisation - Michael Dunlea
Letters: Church architecture - Barry Ireland
Letters: Priestly celibacy - Philip Holberton
Letters: Catholic journal
Letters: EWTN tapes - Daphne Thorose
Books: The Cube and the Cathedral, by George Weigel - John Ballantyne (reviewer)
Books: Good News About Sex And Marriage, by Christopher West - Kerrie Allen
Books: In Memory of Me / Come to Me, My Children, by Christine McCarthy - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Christmas reading from AD Books
Reflection: Journey of the Magi and the search for truth - Cardinal George Pell

I was pleased to read the letter by Leo Leitch (November AD2000) in which he points to the danger of the Enneagram that is still widely promoted in the Brisbane Archdiocese.

Quite some years ago I undertook a course on the Enneagram and even became an enthusiastic supporter of this system that purports to reveal to the candidate the nine personality types and their strengths and weaknesses.

Further down the track I came across the writings of Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ. He clearly showed that the Enneagram was brought into existence around the year 1900 by a George Gurdjieff from Georgia and that the claim it was a 2,000-year-old Sufi system is absolute nonsense. Father Pacwa brought me to the realisation that the Enneagram was nothing more than a modern myth and could easily cause psychological harm to those who embrace it.

Those considering taking on the Enneagram should investigate Father Pacwa's book, Catholics and the New Age, which is still available from the John XXIII Co-op Bookshop (PO Box 22, Ormond, Vic 3204).

If these are accessed with an open mind, they should cause disillusionment as to the supposed merits of the Enneagram as well as a realisation of its dangers.

BR CON MOLONEY CFC
Virginia, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 11 (December 2005 - January 2006), p. 13

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