The charismatic movement: a howling wasteland of starving, gibbering idiots

The charismatic movement: a howling wasteland of starving, gibbering idiots

MAR 03, 2016 by HILARY WHITE at

Just for the record…

Someone asked me today what I thought of the “Charismatic movement” in the Church.

“A charismaniac friend of mine tells me that mass with his ‘community’ tends toward two hours long because of periods of private prayer and contemplation after readings and communion.

What do you think of this?”

I respond:

“I think that yodelling in gibberish has never been identified by any spiritual writer as either ‘prayer’ or ‘contemplation’. And I think that people in the charismatic ‘community’ are mostly severely mentally and/or socially damaged folk who mostly can’t find their heads with both hands and a GPS and can’t be trusted not to fall into demon worship. I think the charismaniac movement in the Church is a result of bishops not giving a snit about their flocks’ desperate need for real spirituality, and deliberately starving the sheep until they’ll eat acorns and tulip bulbs just to survive.

“Everything I’ve seen of the ‘charismatic’ movement seems to involve the slightly less damaged and helpless, and therefore more successfully predatory, using the vast, savage and waterless wasteland of modern pseudo-spirituality as a hunting ground for weak and sickly prey. A manifestation of the stupid and often-evil leading the blind, lost, desperate and starving into a scummy alleyway and robbing them of everything they need to survive, beating the crap out of them and then tossing a wad of Canadian Tire money onto their barely breathing form.”

I went to a few charismaniac things in Halifax, Nova Scotia, back in the day, and the day they decided that, because the young immigrant fellow from Poland hadn’t yet been “given the gift of tongues” that he must be possessed, and that they would immediately start an exorcism was the day I got outta there as fast as my wee legs would carry me. When I butted in and said that this was very strictly forbidden to do by laypeple, and extremely dangerous, I was told, “Oh, that’s just a bunch of Church b-s. We’ve got the Holy Spirit.”

I legged it. If I’d had an ounce of charity in my wretched soul at the time, I would have grabbed the young idiot by the scruff of the neck and dragged him bodily out of there.

But I didn’t. God forgive me.

As for Charismaticism, I’ve never come across anything that more brazenly stank of Stan the Demon.

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2 comments on “The charismatic movement: a howling wasteland of starving, gibbering idiots

  1. I played around in that movement for awhile in the 80s, and while I did not find a howling group of idiots, I did find that many of the people had had real problems where they should have sought professional help and there is always a danger of laypeople acting like doctors that know it all and might give bad advice to others. I also experienced the attitude that if you did not pretend to speak in tongues or actually do it, that somehow you were missing out on the faith. They forget that there are many gifts besides tongues that people can have and also, the disciples spoke in known tongues to the people, not gibberish. Also, I don’t think it is good for people to spill out all sorts of personal things to strangers in a group when these things should be taken care of in the confessional or with a psychologist. I felt uncomfortable around all the emotionalism and also the fact that people spent hours talking about themselves all the time and their problems. There could be a predator hanging around who could follow some lonely person and do grave damage somewhere to that person, knowing all their weaknesses that were spilled out at some Life in the Spirit seminar, etc. No, the church has the fullness of the faith and has always had the sacraments and prayers one needs without emotional groups.I am glad that I went,though, so that I could make a fair response on the subject. If people really have such grave problems, perhaps the church could have an AA type of step program with a qualified person to help people in a more private situation without exposing everything to people you don’t know well enough.

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