Sometimes you need a novel to break through the cultist mental manipulation?
Linda Smith wrote recently,
I just read an article on your webpage regarding Catholic Lay Movements with cultist attributes. Some former members of these movements questioned why some bishops are so slow to take seriously their concerns about these organizations.
An article on your site, Shipwrecked in the Spirit, cites:“Wittberg says that by the l950s psychologically trained religious were beginning to question the healthiness of the vow of obedience. Keeping this in mind, one might examine the authority structure of the Catholic movements mentioned above and question whether what might be called a “caretaker-type” communal arrangement (Langone, 1989) is appropriate for psychologically healthy adults. How much regulation of the day-to-day behavior of community/movement members does the leadership of the Catholic Church consider pastorally desirable? What accountability mechanisms does the Catholic Church use to prevent abuses of vows of obedience? Can vows of obedience be modified or supplemented by other practices or exercises in ways that enable members of religious orders or communities to cultivate humility while working in our fast-paced, technological world?My examination of the controversies elicited by new Catholic movements suggests that the Church has not addressed these issues adequately.”So true. You will find this issue explored in the novel, Terrifying Freedom.Also, on amazon.com you will find a review of Terrifying Freedom by Michael Duggan who, is associated with Shipwrecked in the Spirit. https://www.amazon.com/Terrifying-Freedom-Linda-Anne-Smith/dp/0994929501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483837525&sr=8-1&keywords=terrifying+freedomThank you for your consideration,Linda Smith
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