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Vatican Chair for "Religions and Unconventional Spiritualities"

2006-08-24 17:48 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
In reference to the recent announcement of the creation of a chair for the study of esotericism in a Vatican university, a rectification seems to be necessary (prompted by one of our members, PierLuigi Zoccatelli). The official title of the chair is "Religions and unconventional spiritualities" ("Religioni e Spiritualità Non Convenzionali"). This means that the focus of the teaching is not particularly on esotericism, but on the phenomenon of new religious movements as a whole (which may, however, also include aspects of what scholars refer to as "Western esotericism"). The chair has been promoted by a Catholic anti-cult association, the GRIS ( and has been created at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (also known as "Angelicum", For an announcement of the creation of the chair, with a description of its goals, see the link below. Finally, the text on the New Age for which there was a link in the previous announcement ( was not an article by the first holder of the chair, Prof. Michael Fuss, but a confessional analysis of the New Age produced by two official committees of the Catholic Church, the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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