My friend New Testament scholar Edith Humphrey posted the following on Facebook this morning:
Can’t quite believe what K. Schori draws out of the Acts account where Jesus frees a slave-girl from demons. Taken directly from her sermon are these words:
“Paul is annoyed [when the slave-girl calls after him], perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so!”
Incredible! Freeing someone from demon possession is “depriving” that person of a “gift” of “spiritual awareness.” Well, I suppose so…this is a prime example of “generic spirituality” over against the Christian proclamation of Jesus and the anointing of God’s own HOLY Spirit on the Church!
Here’s a link to the original article. It gets even worse. Diversity not Jesus saves. Lord, have mercy, and thank you, Benedict XVI for Anglicanorum coetibus!