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Bishop of Waterford issues warning against yoga and mindfulness in schools

By Sarah Finnan

October 19, 2019 at 9:59am


You’d think that anything that helps a person to destress, zone out and feel less anxious would be a good thing but according to the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, that is not the case.

In a letter to the staff of schools across the country, Bishop Cullinan outlines his fears regarding the practice and teaching of yoga and mindfulness in schools.

Warning that “yoga is not of Christian origin” and is therefore not a suitable endeavour for children in a parish school, the Bishop goes on to quote a homily by Pope Francis.

Claiming that he has been asked by “several people” to say a word on yoga and mindfulness, he ponders whether they will “bring us closer to Christ or replace Him?”

The letter concludes with Bishop Cullinan encouraging the public to pray the rosary and to “help the children to spend time with Jesus in adoration”.

Twitter had a lot to say in response to the Bishop's musings:

Sounds like the makings of an elaborate Father Ted plot to me.


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