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Analyzing the thought of LCWR meeting's keynote speaker

August 13, 2012

Father Dwight Longenecker examines the thought of Barbara Marx Hubbard, the keynote speaker at last week’s assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and concludes that she is a “thoroughgoing, first class, leader of the New Age Movement.”

Opening his column with a play on the LCWR keynoter’s name, Father Longenecker asks: “Is she related to Karl Marx? Groucho Marx? L. Ron Hubbard?” He concludes: “None of the above literally, but all of the above metaphorically.”


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  • Posted by: bruno - Aug. 14, 2012 7:50 PM ET USA

    I took brief look at her website. It really seems very kooky. From BMK, "we recognize that we have come to possess the powers that we used to attribute to the gods." Now, she says, we are going to 'evolve ourselves'. Do we really need to expend the effort to say that this is not Christian, is not of Christianity, and has nothing to do with the Catholic Church's mission?

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Aug. 14, 2012 12:33 PM ET USA

    Until today, I had no notion that futurism and its practitioners operated outside the realm of education, where they have been a burr under sensible folks' saddles for years. This is another manifestation of magical thinking that corrupts reason and needs to be expelled, whatever befall, from the protection of the Church.