Attorney Constance Cumbey
March 22, 2013
This immediate past Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, 2012, Sixty Minutes presented a portrayal of American Nuns, or at least those represented by the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) as allegedly 'persecuted' victims of a new Catholic Church "Inquisition. It featured LCWR President Pat Farrell talking plaintively with correspondent Scott Pelley. The American nuns were being "persecuted" for alleged lack of religious orthodoxy. The Vatican office "persecuting" them was one and the same, under a changed name as "The Inquisition" (Supreme Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition). In 1904 the name was changed to the "Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office" for the Doctrine of the Faith. The present name of the office charged with maintaining religious fidelity in the Roman Catholic Church is the "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidel).
A new inquisition? Well, since nobody I know particularly wants that old medieval bloody spectacle, I thought I would look into it. What I discovered was something particularly different that if anything ever justified an "inquisition," apart from the extreme teachings of excommunicated Catholic priest Matthew Fox, this just might.
What is the LCWR and just what do they stand for?
"LCWR" is the acronym for Leadership Conference of Women Religious." It purports to represent Catholic women religious, e.g. Sisters or nuns of various religious orders. It's president appeared on that 60 Minutes program this past Sunday, March 17, 2013. I suspect Saint Patrick himself would have cried in dismay at what was presented there on his feast day.
The nuns were, per Farrell and Scott Pelley "persecuted" e.g. criticized and asked to reform, because of their alleged lack of religious orthodoxy. Just what was this alleged religious orthodoxy? Was it failing to say rosaries? No! Was it for eating steak on Lenten Fridays? No!
It was instead for their blatant radical feminist as well as New Age agenda and theologies. It was for having openly New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard as their 2012 Convention speaker telling all that "God is not 3 Guys in the Sky." The theme of that convention was "MYSTERY UNFOLDING: LEADING IN THE EVOLUTIONARY NOW."
It was further for taking Barbara Marx Hubbard as a religious mentor, indeed as the keynote speaker for the 2012 St. Louis, Missouri convention. You can watch segments for yourself by going to this link. I suggest you use an appropriate saving program and/or your video camera to record it. I suspect it might rapidly disappear upon the publication and dissemination of this article.
This deviation from religious orthodoxy was indeed deep and fundamental. It was truly not orthodox Roman Catholicism, but instead was a form of promotion of a New World Religion. Under Pope John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church took official stands against New Age religion as utterly incompatible with Christianity. Pope John Paul II made his first public pronouncement against it to American bishops meeting at the Vatican in June 1993. Official provisional Vatican documents warning against it were released against in in 2003. Here is a link to reading JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE: A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE "NEW AGE"
I'll say this for that bunch. They never quit. This reminds me of an earlier equally disgraceful 1985 event in St. Louis, Missouri. That was the April 8-11, 1985 NCEA Convention (National Catholic Education Association). Prominent New Age activists starred and ran that convention under the blessings of its then president, also a nun. The theme that year was "Catholic Schools: Sharing Vision, Teaching Values." The "vision" they were sharing and the values they were teaching were distinctly New Age ones. They came in no small part from Lucis Trust itself. For the benefit of the "uninitiated" Lucis Trust started life under its founders Alice and Foster Bailey as Lucifer Publishing Company. I have three books in my personal library under that Lucifer Publishing imprint. Robert Muller, one of its activist members also serving opportunely as the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations in charge of 37 agencies, including but not limited to UNESCO was the keynote speaker for that convention. Global Education Associates (founded and headed by Gerald and Patricia Mische) conducted workshops openly praising and recommending Lucis Trust books and sources. New Age writer Robert Theobald presented workshops.
I was asked to come to that convention by now deceased Elaine Beckers-Braun, a Kansas City early supporter of my expository work against the New Age Movement. She bought an airline ticket, paid my entry fees and arranged for my presence at that event. Early in the morning of my first day there, still nursing a headache, I was awakened by Elaine grumbling that they needed a "Resolution." She then said, "there's a typewriter." I mumbled back, "that's a nice typewriter." Elaine said," get up an start writing. I did. Elaine had it typeset, published and circulated while I was away later that afternoon doing a radio interview. When I returned, people were clutching their sides and laughing. The conference organizers were not laughing. They were distinctly embarrassed. The resolution circulators were threatened with unexecuted threats for convention expulsion and even arrest. The conservative Catholic paper THE WANDERER made it their feature story for the next week. Needless to say, the 1986 convention was relatively "toned down" at least from an overt New Age sense. If you would like your personal copy of that Resolution which I recently found and scanned to disk, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "1985 NCEA Resolution." I'll email it back to you as a pdf attachment.
Well, the same Catholic with a very small "c" New Agers are emboldened and they are back. It is amazing how many of the same old players are in the game. Now they are "much longer in the tooth" and angry at their nearly 30 year delay of their plans for inaugurating their "New World Religion" with its "New Christ" for "the New Age." As before they are attempting to use the Roman Catholic Church as well as evangelical subverts and cohorts to do their business.
The LCWR has greatly used. Barbara Marx Hubbard was the lead speaker for the 2012 Convention. You can view the photograph montage video for yourself by visiting the LCWR website. That will give you an option to go to this link:. A handy "tinyurl" address. As these and the other New Age fellow travelers play a delightful little game of "Now you see us, now you don't," I recommend you save it or video-photograph it for yourself. For only $50 you may order the actual DVD of Barbara Marx Hubbard's entire LCWR presentation. Of course, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is FREE and definitely a much better bargain than the LCWR spectacle.
Keynoter Barbara Marx Hubbard tells these theologically renegade nuns "you are the best seed bed for evolving the 'Church' and the world in the 21st Century."
I'm happy I've had the privilege of meeting so very many fine Cathoic nuns who definitely do not share their opinions and would recoil at the prospect of Barbara Marx Hubbard advocating at their meetings.
I note for the record, as I did in my past NewsWithViews series that Barbara Marx Hubbard performed similar "honors" for a conference held with Evangelical leaders at Gold Lake, Colorado on October 23-26, 1987. She co-chaired that meeting with none other than Doug Coe. The event was underwritten by Fellowship Founder core group member Paul N. Temple, his daughter and his son in law. The theme of that meeting was "Bridging through Christ." I note cynically that they failed to tell the Christian participants, "which 'Christ." You may review that equally sorry situation by visiting my old NewsWithViews.com archives on "The Hi-Jacking of Evangelicalism."
Well, since 60 Minutes raised the subject of "Inquisition," I thought we might explore what Barbara Marx Hubbard whom they sponsored and endorsed had in mind as inquisition punishments for those not accepting her own "New Gospel." Selected passages definitely read in context from her book THE BOOK OF CO-CREATION, THE BOOK OF REVELATION are telling. First of all, the old serpentine lie of thumb your nose at God and thou shalt be as gods is presented:
Believers in your - potential to be me, listen now. You have nothi ng to fear. Eternal life is already yours. An irreversible process has begun in you which can no more be turned off than the mechanism of puberty. You will go the whole way to become co-creative. You may be killed, but you shall not die. You shall be resurrected, as I was . If you are called upon to suffer and die during the tribulations, you must keep in mind at all times that the suffering of the present cannot compare with the glory which shall be revealed in you. Yours the glory, yours the power, O believers in your potential to be Christ-like humans.
She (and the obvious demons speaking through her) project a very unpleasant fate for those who do not accept that very newest version of their peculiar version of Revelation"
Out of the full spectrum of human personality, one-fourth is electing to transcend with all their heart, mind and spirit. One -fourth is ready to so choose, given the example of one other who has made the commitment. One-fourth is resistant to election. They are unattracted by life ever-evolving. Their higher self is unable to penetrate the density of their mammalian sens es. They cannot be reached. They do not ask ...yet they are good. They go about their business, eating, sleeping, reproducing and dying. They are full-fledged animal/humans. One-fourth is destructive. They are born angry with God. They hate themselves. They project this hatred onto the world. They are defective seeds.
There have always been defective seeds. In the past they were permitted to die a "natural death." Their bodies were recycled to new life, and their souls reincarnated in bodies capable of receiving signals from the higher self.
Well, in the past we "one-fourth defective seeds" were permitted to die a "natural death." Not so in their "New Age" projected future. Read on:
Now as we approach the quantum shift from creature-human to co-creative human . . . the destructive one-fourth must be eliminated from the social body.
We have no choice, dearly beloveds. It is a case of the destruction of the whole planet, or the elimination of the ego-driven, godless one-fourth who, at this time of planetary birth, can, if allowed to live on to reproduce their defective disconnection, destroy forever the opportunity of Homo sapiens to become Homo universalis, heirs of God . . . Before this stage of power can be inherited by the God-centered members of the social body, the self-centered members must be destroyed. There is no alternative. Only the God-centered can evolve. Only the good endures.
Why are they doing it (killing us 'defective seeds, i.e. those not accepting their theological babbling)? Why for the 'sake of the world, of course. Read on:
"We come to bring death to those who are unable to know God. We do this for the sake of the world. . ."
Well, now if executed as promised, that's the real Inquisition. A bloody one at that!
Maybe the good sisters of the LCWR didn't know what Barbara Marx Hubbard really stood for. Maybe they, the educational elite of the various religious orders were merely guilty of sloppy scholarship. Is that what Catholic parents really want as education for their children? I suspect not!
Cardinal Levada, Pope Benedict's successor as head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, himself theologically liberal enough to sponsor and endorse United Religions (Read for more information on URI) unsuccessfully remonstrated with these renegade nuns over their theology. If it was bad enough to shock Cardinal Levada, it was bad indeed! Levada threatened in his correspondence with LCWR to have it de-certified as a Catholic organization. Plans were allegedly discussed to create and authorize a new organization more representative of traditional Catholic Church theological views than this organization, even radical by Cardinal Levada's relatively relaxed standards. For more information on "United Religions Initiative," read Lee Penn's excellent book, FALSE DAWN.
Well, if the LCWR women 'religious' win this battle, they might consider a new name more indicative of their own new "evolutionary theology." I respectfully suggest this: "THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE NEW WORLD RELIGION."
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The "persecuted nuns" of the LCWR had as their 2012 convention theme: "Mystery Unfolding: Leading in the Evolutionary Now." They may well want to consider instead, the old discarded Scriptural definition of "Mystery" which is closer to the Revelation 17th definition of "Mystery Babylon" which corrupted the entire world -- the original serpentine mysteries which Barbara Marx Hubbard glorifies in her book THE HUNGER OF EVE. Those mysteries are the original two lies of the Serpent to Eve about those willingly in disobedience to God: (1) Thou shalt not surely die; and (2) Thou shalt be as gods.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. I'll bet that many more Catholic sisters than LCWR purports to represent feel that way too! I pray they do!
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Source Wikipedia article "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"
March 21, 2013.
2. Source; https://lcwr.org
3. Source page 16, Barbara Marx Hubbard REVELATION - THE ALTERNATIVE TO ARMAGEDON. 1983 "PRE-PUBLICATION MANUSCRIPT EDITION"
Constance Cumbey is an active Michigan lawyer. Constance practices her profession primarily in, Southeastern Michigan, USA. Sometimes she also works in what she calls her "old stomping grounds" of Michigan's State Capital, Lansing, Michigan where she practices administrative, state law related matters. She's enjoyed active and stimulating careers in government, politics, law and as a published and translated author. In the past she served as a national officer of the National Association of Women Lawyers and chaired the Family Law subcommittee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association.
Before beginning her legal career, she worked as a legislative analyst for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, and while in law school as a consultant to the Appropriations Committee of the Michigan State Senate. She also served as the first charter position Executive Assistant to the May or of the Detroit enclave City of Highland Park, Michigan. Seven years into her legal career, she went on to become the author of the first major critical book about the New Age Movement, THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW: The New Age Movement and our Coming Age of Barbarism (1983); A PLANNED DECEPTION: The Staging of a New Age Messiah (1986). Currently, she's completing a volume about Javier Solana, the Barcelona Process, Israel and the European Union.
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