Vatican hosts whirling dervishes (I am not making this up)
"The performance was organized by the Turkish Embassy to the Holy See and the Pontifical Council for Culture to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi (1207-1273), considered one the most important poets of Sufi mysticism."
According to Zenit, Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said Rumi was "above all, the founder of the famous Mawlawiyah Confraternity whose members are called Whirling Dervishes in the Western world."
Zenit said attendees included "members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, the media -- including ZENIT -- and other Vatican figures of the world of culture and interreligious dialogue."
Don't look now, Cardinal Poupard, but most people associate whirling dervishes with the occult. The dervishes whirl themselves into "an altered state." Also, Sufi mysticism and whirling dervishes are said to be some of the occult sources of the Enneagram.
Can we agree that Cardinal Poupard's event seems to have been imprudent, to say the least?
At least these "performers" have not been to the Religious Education Congress -- yet. Can't you just see them as liturgical dancers?