Apology Demanded for N.I. Priest’s Yoga Comments
By Irish America Staff
April / May 2015
Father Reverend Roland Colhoun, a priest at Waterside Parish of Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry in Northern Ireland, as reported by The Derry Journal, “warned parishioners against taking part in yoga” while saying mass in Drumsurn recently. “Yoga is certainly a risk,” he said. “There’s the spiritual health risk.”
“It’s a slippery slope from yoga to Satan”, RT channel quoted him.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said that neither the Vatican nor the Diocese of Derry Bishop, Reverend Donal McKeown, had offered an apology on the actions of the priest who trashed a highly revered ancient practice.
Zed, who is President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that although yoga was introduced and nourished by Hinduism, it is a world heritage and liberation powerhouse utilized by millions of people of various faith traditions worldwide for achieving physical and mental fitness. ♦