I recently read the book Awareness by one Anthony De Mello SJ. I brought it up with a friend who showed me an article by the Vatican concerning his readings: NOTIFICATION CONCERNING THE WRITINGS OF FR. ANTHONY DE MELLO, SJ (ewtn.com/library/curia/cdfdemel.htm). In it, former Cardinal Ratzinger explains how some of De Mello’s ideas and theology would be considered incompatible with the Catholic faith.
Admittedly, I find some of De Mello’s ideas particularly fascinating and rather true. However, I am very concerned with remaining within the Catholic Church and sticking to orthodoxy. I want to accept some of De Mello’s points but not at the cost of my Catholic faith and trust in the Church.
Is it worth it to consider some of De Mello’s ideas for the sake of spiritual growth, or is the danger of falling out of line too great?
I feel as if a significant amount of his ideas are worth salvaging, but De Mello’s seems to have such a bad name to him in the West that I’m afraid to bother with it.
Any thoughts or recommendations?