Hi all, in light of recent comments about the LCWR, Marty thought he’d do a bit of investigating himself.
Marty would like to alert you to the fact that the controversial LCWR Conference wrapped up last Friday.
Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who developed the idea of creation evolving into the Cosmic Christ, and who was censored by the Vatican, would have found a kindred spirit in Barbara Marx Hubbard. She has coined the terms ‘human birthing’ and ‘conscious evolution training’. She calls herself a ‘futurist’.
During the Conference, Hubbard, who praised the ‘evolutionary leadership’ of the LCWR called them the ‘best seedbed’ for ‘evolving the Church’.
Have a look at Hubbard in the video link and you’ll begin to understand why the Vatican is concerned about whom the LCWR ask to speak to them at their Conferences, who is forming their minds, and whom they promote as trustworthy.
Here are some of the closing comments made by Sr Farrel (President of the LCWR) in response to Hubbard, as reported by Catholic News Service.
In light of Hubbard’s talk, Sr Farrel said, ‘It is easy to see this LCWR moment as a microcosm of a world in flux’.
‘The cosmic breaking down and breaking through we are experiencing gives us a broader context’, she said.
Sr. Farrell believes the reason ‘many institutions, traditions and structures seem to wither’ is that ‘the philosophical underpinnings of the way we hold reality really no longer hold’.
‘The human family is not served by individualism, patriarchy, a scarcity mentality or competition’, she explained.
Moreover, the LCWR president asserted that the world is ‘outgrowing the dualistic constructs’ of ‘good/bad’ and ‘domination/submission.’
‘Breaking through in their place are equality, communion, collaboration, synchronicity, expansiveness, abundance, wholeness, mutuality, intuitive knowing and love’, she said.
As is well known, there has been some controversy around this particular Conference, as they were going to discuss what they would do in responding to the Vatican’s calls to convert and become Catholic again. Will they return to the true Church? Bishop Sartain, who is charged with bringing them back into the Flock, offered to attend the Conference (and in a spirit of dialogue); they rejected his offer.
To get some handle on how long this problem has been going on and how serious it is, you should buy the book Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unravelling of Women’s Religious Communities by Ann Carey. She chronicles the infection of New Age and the infestation of every other secular radical agenda into the LCWR and its associated communities. These things have poisoned the LCWR and the poor Sisters who take their cues from it. Here is an interview with Ann Carey, the author of Sisters in Crisis, from EWTN. You really should watch it: video.
Sisters in Crisis gives a far more mature and realistic account of things than the insipid account that Sr Schneider renders in her book which was promoted by Lady Pat Lythe in the NZ Catholic.
Ann Carey attended the key note address by Hubbard at this recent LCWR Conference and wrote a report on it. Read Fr Z’s take on it. Also read the original report to which Fr Z links.
Now watch this video of Sr Joan Chittister on CNN; she is one of the main protagonists for the LCWR and all that they stand for. They have awarded her their most prestigious award in the past: Sr Chittister.
Sr Chittister is lovely isn’t she? So feminine; such a Bride of Christ.
Additionally, you should read these summary blog posts from Fr Z, who summarizes the troubles with the ‘Holy Nuns’. The one post that is an absolute must read is this one: Nuns Gone Wild: A Trip Down Memory Lane which goes through some of the prominent leaders of the LCWR and their history, and tell us what they are well known for. Some of this is not pretty reading. Here is an example:
Donna Quinn: an advocate for legalized abortion. As late as 2009 she was engaged in escorting women to abortion clinics in the Chicago area so they could abort their babies safe from pro-life protesters. She is now a coordinator of the radically liberal National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN), which stands in opposition against the Catholic Church’s position on abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and the exclusively male priesthood.
Margaret Farley: over the years, she has taken positions favorable to abortion, same-sex ‘marriage’, sterilization of women, divorce and the ‘ordination’ of women to the priesthood. Farley, who taught Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School, is well known for her radical feminist ideas and open dissent from Church teaching.
Jeanine Gramick: co-foundress of the homosexual, lesbian activist organization New Ways Ministry. After a review of her public activities on behalf of the Church that concluded in a finding of grave doctrinal error, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) declared in 1999 that she should no longer be engaged in pastoral work with homosexual persons.
That’s just a few, but you should read them all.
Another book worth reading is Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism by Donna Steichen. This also considers the demonic invasion of New Age radical feminism into women’s Religious Orders in the USA, and the West. It’s sobering reading, but also very informative.
How did all this begin to happen you may ask?
Read this blog entry to begin to understand how psychologists Dr William Coulson and Dr Carl Rogers began to ‘de-programme’ many religious sisters by infiltrating their groups, and filling them with new psycho-babble ideas. This is no joke, it really happened, and is well substantiated. You should read the blog I’ve linked to.
Rogers and I…called it Therapy for Normals, TFN. The IHMs (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart) had some 60 schools when we started; at the end, they had one. There were some 615 nuns when we began. Within a year after our first interventions, 300 of them were petitioning Rome to get out of their vows. They did not want to be under anyone’s authority, except the authority of their imperial inner selves.
…it destroyed Catholic religious profession, just as it would destroy the practice of medicine if medicine took seriously the idea that all the answers are within the students; so, too, did it destroy the vows of the nuns. There were many priests who didn’t even bother to get laicized. They just left, saying, ‘My vows don’t count for anything, because they came from somewhere else; they didn’t come from within.’
In the end, 90% of the IHM sisters — encouraged by the humanistic, person-centered psychology of Rogers and Coulson — sought release from their vows.
Here is Cardinal Raymond Burke (from a couple of days ago) speaking about the LCWR and their erroneous understanding of religious life: video
Notice his key quote: ‘If it can’t be reformed, it has no right to continue.’ If the LCWR does not want to become Catholic again, then they cannot be recognized as a Catholic canonical entity anymore, and have no right to act as such. They will be scuttled. Hopefully some will bob to the surface so that the Barque of Peter can fish them from the stormy seas, but others, by their own choice, may well be found with the rotting hull – the remains of their own ship, which is the LCWR and all that it stands for.