Sunday, July 09, 2006

Take Hart,, O'Murchu Still Coming

Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart (no "e") is a big man with a big job. Luckily, the over-worked Archbishop seems to have willing minnions who post him updates from obscure corners of the world warning of religious terrorists who might unleash havoc in his Archdiocese.

On July 8 Denis withdraw his approval for the planned visit of a priest with the almost unpronouncable name of Diarmuid O’Murchu. It's worth reading the official version of events from the Edmund Rice Center Ameberley.

Update July 27: The Wellspring Centre in Melbourne is now sponsoring the workshops and they will be held at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne. Further details can be found in the brochure.

Denis Hart (no "e") only needed to dust off his old copies of AD2000 to realize that the priest with the unpronounable name was going to be a the subject of many letters and missives. You just can't say this sort of stuff and not expect the Church police to report you:

"Where religions have failed most dismally is in their perception and understanding of the world, which they all tend to dismiss as an inferior, ungodly, and transitory reality. This cosmology goes right back to the Agricultural Revolution, which projected the original mechanistic image that the world was an object to be conquered and .controlled. Adopting this worldview, the religions concocted a self-inflationary, eschatological myth, whereby the world would come to nothing and the religions themselves would triumph. What was intended to be an instrument of God became a god in its own right; religion became an outrageous form of idolatry" Fr. Diarmuid O'Murchu in his book Quantum Theology

"Once we begin to understand and internalize the sacredness of life from within--ourselves, our planet, and our universe--then the classical academic search for an external agent may become quite irrelevant."

"We stood upright about 2 million years ago and in our presently developed state have been around about 200,000 years. For most of that time we lived in open spaces surrounded by the mysteries of grass, trees, stone and stars. Now we live indoors and our minds are so cluttered with scientific reductionism and utilitarian functionalism we are bereft of imagination and a supportive sense of the true history of our kind."
"Modern living now has nearly completely curtailed the unlimited possibilities of the fascination with mystery. We don't need to return to living outdoors, but rather to look at what's right under our noses. Our human sexuality was once perceived as a component of the spiritual, indeed a central aspect of it."
"Ours is a culture rife with addiction because we are deprived of mysticism. In the Catholic church also we have had what I call 'celibate rationality.' This legacy from several centuries in our theology maintains that God has nothing to do with sexuality, so celibates shouldn't either. It counsels us to transcend eroticism and passions, not integrate them responsibly into our living. This old view of celibacy is crippling and destroying people's lives."
"Our current labels for sexual identity --heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual--were all devised recently, in the late 1800s, by psychiatrists. Before that, sexuality was always considered to be a continuum, without boundaries. Many cultures still honor the transgendered, for example, in the figure of the berdash in Native American cultures or the hijra in South India. The challenge for our times is rethinking our own rigid categories."
There's an urgent need to generally reconceptualize what sexuality is and what it's about. Failing to recognize that sexuality is something archetypal, our sense of it is inadequate and has become corrupt. When we honor the sacred mystery of sexuality, we embrace the deepest human mystery and God's divine mystery both..... when our consciousness about sexuality changes, then the church will come along...... and more
Interview
Extract from Reclaiming Spirituality: A New Spiritual Framework for Today's World
You should also take some time out to read O'Murchu's paper: The New Age and Mainstream Christianity
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