The closed-door conference includes priests and lay people from 25 countries, focusing on a Vatican report on New Age sects last year....via wren's nest
Among the pursuits eroding the Catholic church's ranks are ancient Egyptian occult practices, Sufism, the lore of the Druids, Celtic Christianity, medieval alchemy, Renaissance hermeticism, yoga and Zen Buddhism.
The report notes how in Japan, one Jesuit missionary became a Zen Buddhist roshi, or master. He became a type of reverse missionary, implanting Zen Buddhist ideas and practice in Catholic groups in Germany and elsewhere, where they continue to thrive.
(Ever read 'Another Roadside Attraction' by T. Robbins?)