Just in case anyone out there is unclear about the reasons for the CDF's assessment of the LCWR's theological sanity, here's an excerpt from their 2012 assembly keynote speaker:
Although we may never know what really happened, we do know that the story told in the Gospels is that Jesus’ resurrection was a first demonstration of what I call the post-human universal person. We are told that he did not die. He made his transition, released his animal body, and reappeared in a new body at the next level of physicality to tell all of us that we would do what he did. The new person that he became had continuity of consciousness with his life as Jesus of Nazareth, an earthly life in which he had become fully human and fully divine. Jesus’ life stands as a model of the transition from Homo sapiens to Homo universalis.
Now, here's some commentary and questions:
Although we may never know what really happened [So, "what really happened" is not recorded in the Gospels?], we do know that the story told in the Gospels is that Jesus’ resurrection was a first demonstration of what I call the post-human universal person [And how do we know this? Because you say so? We should trust you but not the Gospels?]. We are told that he did not die [False. 2,000 years of Christian teaching is crystal clear: the man Jesus died on the Cross. No Christian church/denomination denies this fact]. He made his transition [died?], released his animal body [died?], and reappeared in a new body at the next level of physicality [There are "levels of physicality"? Has anyone told Dawkins? What does this mean?] to tell all of us that we would do what he did [Didn't he mention something about following his Way while he was still living; or, was all that just a dream? How did he tell us this? Through the apparently unreliable Gospels?]. The new person that he became [Person? But he "released his animal body," so what does "person" mean?"] had continuity of consciousness with his life as Jesus of Nazareth, an earthly life in which he had become fully human and fully divine [Wait. Has he released his animal body at this point? I'm confused about the chronology of the releasing of the animal body! Is the Jesus of the Animal Body a product of the continuity of consciousness, or does that stuff come later?]. Jesus’ life [Which Jesus? Pre or post-release of the animal body?] stands as a model of the transition from Homo sapiens to Homo universalis [Saying stupid stuff in Latin doesn't make it smart].
I think that Thomas McDonald is being too kind when he describes Ms Hubbard's explanation of "conscious evolution" as ". . .a combination of X-Men comics, techno-fetishizing, narcissism, New Age nonsense, paganism, trite bromides, bad grammar, Gnosticism, and good old heresy." I would add a few descriptive words myself, but I might die in my sleep unabsolved of serious sin.
That Catholic religious sisters are even considering paying this charlatan money is truly beyond embarrassing. I've read a number of self-respecting dissident Catholic theologians and even they would be ashamed to be associated with this sort of bad sci-fi TV writing. I can imagine a number of Unitarian Universalist pagans who would blush upon reading this junk.
To the Good Sisters who will be tarnished by this silliness, I am sorry. Speak up! Let the cadre who pretend to speak for you know that you are serious women, serious Christians, and that you want to be perfected in the Risen Lord and not "continued in consciousness" to become Homo universalis!
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