Dear Lighthouse Trails:
When I read of your new release of Ray Yungen’s latest booklet: “Pope Francis and the Thomas Merton Connection,” and of Ray’s recent visit to Salt Lake City to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference with a media pass, I decided to write you. The Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference started this past week: Oct.15 and ends on Oct.19, held in the Mormon Capital of the World, Salt Lake City. Their own website states their mission (see http://www.parliamentofreligions.org//mission):
“The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. To accomplish this, we invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.”
The Parliament declarations page (see http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/salt-lake-2015/declarations) says:
“10,000 people, 80 nations, 50 faiths…Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity: Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability.”
There are 6 Parliament Declarations participants can sign including the following: Declarations on Climate Change, Hate Speech, War & Violence, Income Inequality, Human Rights and Dignity of Women, Standing with Emerging Leaders, and Standing with Indigenous Peoples.
This Parliament of World Religions has only been held 5 times previously in the past 200+ years:
Chicago, Illinois, USA 1893 and 1993
Capetown, South Africa 1999
Barcelona, Spain 2004
Melbourne, Australia 2009
And, now this past week (Oct.15-19, 2015) : Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Notable international speakers include Nobel Peace Laureates including Costa Rica’s President, the Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism, a Lakota nation tribal leader, and a US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religion Freedom.
Other notable speakers, Lighthouse Trails has repeatedly warned about over the years, and they include:
—Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, and Marianne Williamson
The keynote speaker on Oct.17 was Jane Goodall, and a Fox News article said the following (See http://fox13now.com/2015/10/17/jane-goodall-speaks-at-parliament-of-world-religions-in-salt-lake-city/):
“Goodall is calling upon religious leaders from all over the globe to use their influence to affect policies on environmental issues such as climate change., and Goodall says she has a favorite religious leader, but he’s not at this Parliament. “I think Pope Francis should be canonized on the spot, he’s absolutely amazing,” Goodall said. “He gives me more hope than almost anybody else alive at this time today.”
Everyone seems to be intoxicated with the media persona of Pope Francis, even Jane Goodall, even delegates at this 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, and no doubt the tens of thousands of conference attendees who have come, sadly, to find an “interfaith harmony” and a global collective mission to achieve a world of compassion, peace, justice and sustainablity.
I hope and pray Lighthouse Trails readers will take a look at Ray Yungen’s “Pope Francis & Thomas Merton Connection” to see how this interspirituality goes way beyond Catholicism. . . . it’s part of the Oneness New Age philosophy, this mysticism that has pervaded all spiritual traditions, and that is vying to unify and bond people together in a false harmony/unity that is really a counterfeit “Christianity,” an anti-christ spirituality…
CONCERNED IN CALIFORNIA