vrijdag 10 augustus 2012

RKKnipsel: Tijd voor haldol voor Godgewaagde meiden in VS die over de rand van de afgrond dreigen te schuiven?

Uit de NY Times:

"The nuns sat in silence for a long stretch, sang songs about truth and mystery accompanied by a guitar and a choir, and heard a keynote address by a futurist who was escorted to the podium by seven liturgical dancers waving diaphanous scarves of pink and tangerine.

“Crisis precedes transformation,” the futurist, Barbara Marx Hubbard, told the nuns. “You are the best seedbed that I know for evolving the church and the world in the 21st century. Now, that may be a surprise to the world. But, you see, new things always happen from unexpected places.”

The nuns, most dressed informally in pants or skirts, gave a standing ovation to Ms. Hubbard, a beatific presence with a mantle of white hair who quoted Jesus, Buckminster Fuller, the Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the current pope, Benedict XVI.

But if the nuns submit to the Vatican’s plan to overhaul their organization, it is doubtful that their meetings will feature a keynote speaker like Ms. Hubbard, who grew up a nonreligious Jew in a Scarsdale, N.Y., mansion (her father founded the Marx toy company) and is now acclaimed by New Age luminaries like Deepak Chopra for helping to lead what she calls the “conscious evolution” movement.  

I’ve already offered my thoughts on how the spiritual trends embodied by a figure like Ms. Hubbard fit into broader trends in American religion, but let me put her LCWR address in the context of the mini-debate over the future of liberal Christianity that I’ve been engaged these last few weeks. Looking at the decline and dissolution of self-consciously progressive denominations, churches and religious orders over the last two generations, one possible conclusion is that their central problem has been a deficit of real, genuine belief, and that only a reaffirmation of historical Christian practice and conviction can restore liberal Christianity’s vitality".

Het Vaticaan heeft veel te laat de jacht ingezet op dolgedraaide, hoogbejaarde vrouwencongregaties in de VS die zijn blijven hangen in het pathetisch AMB-gedachtengoed, zichzelf daarmee de nek om hebben gedraaid en nu bezig zijn in een pg-indicatie-waardige toestand in een even pathetisch achterhoedegevecht over de rand van de afgrond te schuiven, zonder dat zelf nog in de gaten te hebben. Behandeling met haldol is wellicht een nog te onderzoeken optie.

Alleen de ranken die met de wijnstok verbonden blijven, dragen vruchten (Joh 15).