"Father, my child has become a cult member." Laments of this kind are common, says a priest authority on cults, writing in the Kyeongyang magazine on the new religions and their dangers. How to deal with the new religions is no easy task. Numbers of those involved in the new religions is well beyond what we imagine.
Catholicism has no counter
measures in response. We hear often the Church is the breeding grounds for the new religions, meaning that members often come from
Catholicism. We don't think it deserves our
attention, consequently, lack of interest. However, when we meet those who have been involved in cults,
we realize it should be a concern, for it shows our failures to be
a loving community of faith. Our true character as a community appears, and serious problems in the way we have instructed our Christians.
receives a request for counseling his first thoughts are a feeling of
helplessness in dealing with the 'new world' they have entered. Parents often get
angry but this is of little value. Once the person has been brained
washed the chances of success in convincing them of the error of their ways is far from certain. Much better is
preventing them from getting involved with cults.
who have become cult members, more than the teachings they are captivated by the community they have entered: the upright life of the members, zeal, they are impressed with the community they have joined, and moved to give assent to what they are taught. They respond to their cult leader like the apostles
followed Jesus; they remember with great happiness the days of
instruction. There is a type of addiction and love-sickness response to
Many of those who become involved
in a cult have a history of problems in family life: lack of self-esteem, confidence, and looked forward to a future with gloom and
alienation. Joining the cult they find themselves, and gain confidence
for the future. They find new meaning in the virtual world they have
entered. Even when one leaves the cult there remains the problem of identity.
The cults tell us a lot about
ourselves. We are not on fire as Christians or believe what we
say we do. We live our faith life without passion, and mission. Pope
Francis mentions that we have a worldly spirituality. Those who have
accepted the cults have usually not been members of their parent's religious community
growing up. It was easy for them to give up their faith for it meant
little to them. We will continue to have many of our Christians living
their faith by habit. Which means we will continue to see large numbers leaving the church. We have to be more concerned in the way our
Catholics are educated. There is a need to draw up a new way of
instruction that will meet the needs of the world they will enter.
We all have to take an interest in making our communities vehicles
that will instruct the members in what it means to be followers of