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VATICAN ASSAILS JESUIT'S WRITINGS

The Vatican denounced writings by a popular Jesuit author Saturday, warning of "dangers" contained in his works.

A Vatican commission said several works by Anthony de Mello, an Indian-born Jesuit priest, contradict orthodox Catholic doctrine.

De Mello, who died in 1987, wrote books characterized by some as New Age that have been best sellers in many parts of the world.

"Already in certain passages in these early works and to a greater degree in his later publications, one notices a progressive distancing from the essential contents of the Christian faith," the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith said.

The congregation said de Mello's works deny the existence of objective morality and claim religions, including Christianity, are obstacles to truth.

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