"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dissident Nuns Conference

LCWR MEETING begins 7 August!

The leaders of a certain kind of community of women religious will be gathering today in St. Louis for the annual meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR – a subsidiary of the Magisterium of Nuns).
After refusing to allow Archbishop Sartain, the Holy See’s liaison for the CDF, to attend they will permit the local Archbishop, His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Carlson to address them.  Then they will have talks from the editor of the Fishwrap, a lesbian activist, and a woman who promotes co-creating a planetary shift, ‘The Synergy Engine’ and conscious evolution.
They are staying at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis.
Wouldn’t it have been inspiring if the LCWR had held their assembly in a convent rather than in a 4-star downtown hotel? Think of the rich history of religious women in St Louis.
Each year people take up collections for the poor sisters, the impoverished women religious, who do nothing but help the poor and get no thanks from anyone.
Here is where the leaders of their communities are meeting in St. Louis for the LCWR meeting.
Tell me there aren’t some convents available in St. Louis.
Here, for example, is the Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet:
As a special feature for the readers of this blog, I have hacked into the webcam of the exercise room where the LCWR is meeting (I don’t think they have a chapel with the Blessed Sacrament).
Be sure to watch for activity.
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    Fishwrap’s article on LCWR’s keynote speaker: “Teilhard would find in Barbara a kindred spirit”

    From the LCWR… er ummm… Fishwrap. TheNational Catholic Reporter has an article on the LCWR’s keynote speaker: Barbara Marx Hubbard.
    Read below and then ponder why the LCWR refused to allow the CDF’s liaison Bp. Sartain to attend their assembly. HERE
    This is how Barbara Marx Hubbard describes herself on her Facebook page:
    I am an 82 year old Visionary enjoying “Regenopause 2.” Regenopause 1 is from 50 to 80. # 2 is 80 and beyond. I feel I am here to be a voice for the Collective Emergence of humanity as a Co-creative Universal Species!
    I am not making this up:
    My emphases:
    Catholic theology inspires LCWR keynote speaker
    Aug. 06, 2012
    By Alice Popovici
    Barbara Marx Hubbard, an evolutionary thinker who is to speak this week before theLeadership Conference of Women Religious, is not Catholic or part of any mainstream religion. But she says she has faith in the future.  [Why should they be bound in by Christian conventions when choosing a keynote speaker.  Why even have a Christian topic?]
    She will bring this message of hope [hope... in what exactly?] to LCWR when she delivers the keynote address at the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday through Friday in St. Louis. The audience is likely to still be reeling from the criticism in a Vatican assessment that has shaken communities of sisters throughout the country.  [Yes, I am sure that, even after these weeks, they are still all "reeling" with crying-spells, sick-headaches, the vapors.]
    “It’s a message of hope, of cooperation and alignment,” [cooperation and alignment... with what?] Hubbard said of the ideas she will explore in her speech. “How can we align that impulse to the deeper impulse of Christ in evolution, of God in evolution?”  [What the hell does that mean?  Grrrr.  I am still waiting for my invitation from the LCWR.  I really want to know what this means!]
    Hubbard, who spoke recently in front of a couple of congregations of Catholic sisters, said she felt that her impulse to look toward the future and toward evolution was aligned with the “spiritual impulse of faith and trust and love” that she sees in the sisters, who are always working to meet society’s needs.  [Again... what does that mean?]
    “I felt that they were true evolutionary leaders,” Hubbard said, describing a “sense of synthesis and synergy” she saw in the sisters. “I felt, in some respects, that I had come home, to a family.” [Wow.  Just... wow.]
    Sr. Annmarie Sanders, LCWR’s associate director of communications, said the organization invited Hubbard to speak in order to get her perspective “on the context of the world in which women religious are living and ministering.” [Doesn't seem to include the Catholic Church.]
    But Sanders added that Hubbard’s is “one among many perspectives women religious would be considering as they [look] to the future of this life and how the life can best serve the needs of people today.” [What are the other "perspectives".]
    Sanders, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton, Pa., serves on NCR’s board of directors.
    Part of the Vatican order to LCWR calls for a review of the speakers to the group’s annual conferences. The Vatican’s doctrinal assessment found that “Addresses given during LCWR annual Assemblies manifest problematic statements and serious theological, even doctrinal errors.”  [D'ya think?]
    Catholic theologians [such as Margaret Farley and Sandra Schneiders?]familiar with Hubbard’s work, however, find much to recommend.
    Hubbard, who is 82 and lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., is a mother and grandmother, educator and activist, author of several books, subject of a new book titled The Mother of Invention, and a former nominee for the U.S. vice presidency (she would have shared the 1984 ticket with Walter Mondale).
    But she is best known for founding “conscious evolution,” a worldview that she says was inspired in part by Catholic theology. It is based on the belief that as members ofa global society linked to one another by the Internet and social media we are becoming more aware of the world around us and more willing to change it for the better.  [WOWIE! The Internet!  Social media!  This'll be cutting edge stuff for the gals.]
    “If somebody is suffering in Africa, we feel it. If there’s a tsunami in Japan, we know it, we feel it, we want to care for each other,” [If a butterfly coughs in Africa...] Hubbard said. “I feel that we are an evolving species, and that the type of humans that are being born in all these different experiences are trying to make a better world in any possible way.”  [That has a rather Faustian ring.]
    Hubbard, who was raised in a nonreligious Jewish family, began her search for spiritual meaning in her youth. She said she began to find the answers to her questions in the writing of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit priest, [Are you surprised!] theologian and paleontologist who would become one of the biggest influences on her work.
    Teilhard, who died in 1955, wrote of a “thinking layer of Earth” called a “noosphere,” Hubbard said, and that prediction is today’s reality. [He received a monitum from the Holy Office in 1962.]
    “Here we are in 2012, we now have a noosphere: It’s Facebook, it’s Twitter, it’s the 5.7 billion cell phones, texting,” Hubbard said. “The planet has grown a new nervous system in the last 50 years, and this nervous system connects us.” [That's nice.  Catholics have the Christ, Holy Church, and the Sacraments.   Moreover, that is NOT what Teilhard meant by "noosphere".  What a fraud.  Unless ... maybe ... she means something like SkyNet!?]
    Catholic theologians familiar with Hubbard and her writing on “conscious evolution” say there is, indeed, a link between her work and Teilhard’s.
    Though Teilhard’s writing was not without critics in the Vatican, it had a significantimpact [?] on the Second Vatican Council, said John Haught, senior fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center in Washington.
    “Teilhard would find in Barbara a kindred spirit,” Haught said. “He thought that the basic division in humanity is not between believers and nonbelievers, but betweenthose who hope and those who do not.”  [Lord, I hope these women wise up before they die.]
    Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio, a senior research fellow in science and religion at Woodstock Theological Center, said Hubbard is a “forward thinker” who, during the LCWR meeting, may call on women religious “to be more creative and engaging in our life and the way we think about God and creation.”  [Perhaps even to evolve beyond Christ.]
    “I think she might say that we are in a new age[perhaps the proper orthography is overruled by the Fishwrap's style sheet.] knowing ourselves to be in evolution, and certainly for religious women, this is a very different awareness than where religious life evolved in a static universe, and developed within the parameters of a static universe,” Delio said. “And we no longer live in that universe, we live in an evolutionary one.”  [Remember: their cereal box theologians have them convinced that they are now "prophetic" figures who have passed beyond obedience to the Church's hierarchy.]
    Wow.  Just Wow.
    The nuns ought to invite George Noory or listen to old Art Bell tapes from Coast To Coast nighttime radio if this is the sort of … rubbish they want to hear.
    This is seriously messed up.

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