What is the Church's view on centering prayer?

I just read the below message in my church bulletin.

Centering Prayer

Centering prayer, as taught by Fr. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating, is a method of prayer that is supposed to lead a person into contemplation.

Fr. Thomas Keating is a monk, priest, and abbot of St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Col. and is the founder of the Centering Prayer movement. He has written four books. Fr. Basil Pennington is a Trappist monk at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Mass. He has written over thirty books, some of which are on Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is held at 11 a.m. every Tuesday.

I have heard a lot of controversy about this pray style. Please advise.
Thank you!

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