Friday, May 23, 2014

LCWR and "conscious evolution"

I realise that it's kind of redundant to be writing about how the LCWR anti-nuns went wiggy because of the influence of the New Jesuits, but I really do think the pleasures of shooting fish in a barrel have been unfairly maligned.

And this is one of the clearest explanations I've seen yet in a mainstream journal about what's been going on in there since the 60s.

To many ears, “conscious evolution” probably sounds like a squishy catchphrase picked up after too much time in a New Age sweat lodge, and that’s pretty much how Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, views it.

The German theologian bluntly told heads of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious last month that the principles of “conscious evolution” — that mankind is transforming through the integration of science, spirituality and technology — are “opposed to Christian Revelation” and lead to “fundamental errors.”

That’s tough talk, and Mueller warned them that if the nuns persist in pursuing such dangerous ideas, Rome could cut them loose.

Yet those principles, and indeed the very term “conscious evolution,” also lead directly back to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a French Jesuit who was by turns a philosopher and theologian, geologist and paleontologist."

Oh, and a professional liar: apart from being one of the fathers of the New Age gibberish, he was also one of the lead proponents of the Piltdown hoax...

Oh yeah, and a eugenicist..

Teilhard was one of the first to articulate transhumanist themes. Transhumanists advocate the ethical use of technology for human enhancement. Teilhard's writing likewise argues for the ethical application of technology in order to advance humanity beyond the limitations of natural biology. Teilhard explicitly argues for the use of both bio-technologies (e.g., genetic engineering) and intelligence technologies, and develops several other themes often found in transhumanist writings.

aaand a supporter of the Nazis,

Personally, I stick to my idea that we are watching the birth, more than the death, of a World. The scandal for you, is that England and France should have come to this tragedy because they have sincerely tried the road of peace. But did they not precisely make a mistake on the true meaning of "peace"? Peace cannot mean anything but a HIGHER PROCESS OF CONQUEST. … The world is bound to belong to its most active elements. … Just now, the Germans deserve to win because, however bad or mixed is their spirit, they have more spirit than the rest of the world. It is easy to criticize and despise the fifth column. But no spiritual aims or energy will ever succeed, or even deserve to succeed, unless it is able to spread and keep spreading a fifth column.

But hey, who are we to judge, right?

Oh, and this is the "conscious evolution" proponent the good sisters thought would make an ideal keynote speaker at their annual meeting.

Isn't she great, ladies and gentlemen? Let's give her a big hand.

But hey, points go to the Washington Post guy for figuring out what she was blithering about..."that mankind is transforming through the integration of science, spirituality and technology" ... more than the rest of us could do.


1 comment:

Lynne said...

Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam wrote a detailed piece on Evolution, Teilhard de Chardin and Joseph Ratzinger.