Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Carnival of Aging Hippies

This article has to be read to be believed. For your own safety and the protection of electrical equipment make sure you aren't drinking coffee at the computer. You have been warned. Here are some highlights:

Dublin Conference

Approximately 300 people attended the conference, most of whom were older women. The largest group came from North America, many from the U.K. and Western Europe. The handful of men who attended were ex-priests, plus a few husbands of delegates. Sadly, there were also two priests in good standing with the diocese who took an active part in the liturgy and events of the conference. We were identifiable as orthodox Catholics, wearing small gold papal keys and pro-life lapel pins. This resulted in angry challenges from some participants, and media interest.

Opening ceremony
The conference was opened with a welcome hopping dance. The participants linked arms and danced in a chain around the hall chanting, "Earth my body, water my blood, fire my spirit.." This went on for some time before the talks began. During the two days of the conference, we sat through one speaker after another seriously distorting the teachings and doctrine of the Church and her history, and expressing anger and sometimes hatred toward the Pope and cardinals, especially Cardinal Ratzinger. We did not engage in their discussions however - until one of the speakers, John Wijngaards, a former priest and "theologian" from the Netherlands, and a frequent contributor to the London Tablet, stated that the Pope was a dictator worse than Hitler because Hitler only killed the body.

The conference liturgy was dominated by New Age and occult practices; many of the delegates wore purple stoles, and some were dressed in full priests' vestments. The most disturbing liturgical practice took place on the Sunday before the conference closed. It was listed as a "eucharist." Our group left the area and returned just as they were finishing this celebration. The room was filled with incense, drums were beating, and each of the participants held an earthenware chalice and paten with the bread that had been displayed on the table, and the grape juice that had been used in the ritual. The two dissident priests from the diocese had taken part in the ceremony......

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Do read the rest. I would caution pregnant women, people with high blood pressure and those of a nervous disposition to weigh the risks and benefits.

St Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

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Blogger universal doctor said...

Thanks for the warning- I almost had a seizure.

8:18 AM  
Blogger gemoftheocean said...

What on earth possessed the "orthodox" pro-life people to attend? Out of 300 million Americans, plus the millions in Europe, you're bound to assemble 300 off-the-rails nutjobs. I'd have thought a "Bring your earthenware bowls along" would have been a hint that perhaps it would have been best to skip it.

These people are deranged!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Carl said...

Isn't there a chance the orthodox participants, wearing the symbol of Petrine primacy, were hoping to reach out to the nutjobs? That's the answer which I hope is true.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

They were there reporting for Catholic Insight - a good job someone lifts up stones like this to see what's going underneath.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm rather interested in the 'hopping' dance! lol

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cry! Without a doubt!

7:51 PM  

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