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Catholicism and Buddhism – Clearing Up the Confusion

February 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Can I Trust?, Dan Burke


There is much confusion and misinformation in our time regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and Catholicism. Dr. Clark is both a faithful Catholic and a Chinese scholar (he reads Chinese fluently), his work is well researched, solid, trustworthy, and charitable. Joined with Carl Olson, an excellent theologian, there is no better combination of authors to shed light on this important topic. We are... Read More

Can I Trust Thomas Merton? (Part II of II)

February 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age

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Some time ago a reader asked if we recommend Thomas Merton’s work. We answered that question through the insights of a scholar of Asian history, a man who is fluent in Chinese language and culture and who understands Buddhism from a vantage point unavailable to most in the West. The scholar’s name is Dr. Anthony Clark. Here’s the link to my comments and his earlier treatment of this... Read More

Can I Trust? Series: Faithful to the Church?

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age, PseudoSpirituality

Can I Trust? Series Faithful to the Church? Editor’s Note:  We get many questions in regards to whether or not popular authors, or organizations, are faithful to the Church, her teachings and her Magisterium, and whether or not they should be read and/or followed.  It is a wise person who asks!  So, in a way, this listing of posts has been inspired by you, the readers.  The following is an... Read More

Can I Trust Thomas Merton? (Part I of II)

January 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, PseudoSpirituality

Dear Dan, I read your post on the Holy See’s concerns about Anthony de Mello, and I wondered as well about Thomas Merton. Some of his writings are helpful to me, but some make me very uncomfortable. Do you recommend his spiritual writings? Dear Friend, I am grateful to hear you are investing so much energy into your spiritual reading. You will find immeasurable rewards in your efforts to continually... Read More

Spiritual Direction – A Bishop’s Perspective – Part II of III

February 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Bishop’s Perspective on Spiritual Direction (Part II of III) Editor’s Note: In Part I, Bishop Mansour introduced the concept of spiritual direction.  In today’s post, he will briefly explore the purpose of spiritual direction. The idea of spiritual direction is a monastic idea; it began with the desert fathers and continues in the Church as a spiritual form of mentoring. It is not... Read More

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