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Memorandum from J. Augustine Di Noia, OP regarding: Draft of a Report on the Enneagram


To: All Bishops

From: J. Augustine Di Noia, OP. Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices

Subject: Draft of a Report on the Enneagram

Date: July 7, 2000

The Committee on Doctrine has asked our office to forward you a draft report on the Enneagram which has been prepared under the Committee’s supervision at the request of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In the expectation that the bishops of our conference might find it helpful to have background information on the Enneagram and its use in some circles as a tool of spiritual development, the Committee determined that the report should be made available to you. In order to serve this purpose, the report will eventually be published as a resource paper prepared by the staff of the Doctrine Committee. It will be accompanied by a brief Notification, signed by the Doctrine Committee chairman, Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, advising that the theory and practice of the Enneagram raises serious doctrinal concerns when employed as a methodology of spiritual growth.

Before publishing the text in its final form, the penultimate draft of the report is being sent to all the bishops at the present time to give you the opportunity to comment upon it and to refine it. The Doctrine Committee would be grateful to receive any comments you may have by September 5, 2000.

National Catholic Reporter, posted October 19, 2000