Friday, November 20, 2009

The Teresa Forcades Watch - 11/20/2009

A new information tidbit from El Periódico de Catalunya in a brief article titled La Monja Más Deseada (excuse me while I roll my eyes; I like Sr. Teresa too but this media adulation is getting to be a bit over the top):

"Fue a finales de abril del 2006. Se lo conté a ustedes en esta columna. Ramon Colom la invitó en su Mil.lenium (El 33). Ella abordó la figura de María Magdalena como base para una reinterpretación del papel de la mujer en la Iglesia. Nos recordó que incluso en el Evangelio de Tomás se advierte que la pecadora pudo finalmente entrar en el cielo porque Jesús había decidido convertirla en hombre."

"It was at the end of April 2006. I told you about it in this column. Ramon Colom invited her on his Millenium (El 33). She talked about the figure of Mary Magdalene as a basis for reinterpretation of the role of women in the Church. She reminded us that even in the Gospel of Thomas [one of the non-canonical gospels] we are told that the sinful woman could finally enter heaven because Jesus decided to change her into a man."

...hmmmm...It says that in the Gospel of Thomas??? Guess I'll have to go back and reread it. Maybe it's a good thing it wasn't included in the official canon of the Church.

FYI: I haven't been able to get the Millenium video to work but perhaps you will have better luck.


  1. That's what it says:
    Saying added to the original collection at a later date:] 114 Simon Peter said to them, "Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life." Jesus said, "Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven."

    But perhaps is not an original entry into the true gospel of Thomas, because before that we find:
    22 Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the kingdom."

    They said to him, "Then shall we enter the kingdom as babies?"

    Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."

    If that what Peter said above is true, the we find for the second time, the insinuation that Peter was a male chauvinist of first order. The second insinuation of that we find in (yes, I know is a novel) the interpretation of Leonardo’s Last Supper in the book The DaVinci Code.
    My personal (for what little I know) interpretation of Peter’s character, is that he was a man with strong will and somehow rough and not to enlightened to the things of the spirit.
    He’s the only one to draw his sword (He had a sword!) to defend Christ at Gethsemane, when clearly they are outnumbered by soldiers (impulsive reaction) and then after Jesus is arrested, he hides in fear and denies him three times.
    To me the rumors in certain circles, that the in-depth and mystic teachings of Jesus were better understood by Mary Magdalene and/or James or others, can be true.
    If Jesus really said to Peter: “You are Petrus and upon you I will build my church”. Then perhaps Jesus had in mind Peter’s strong will and zealot commitment, but I’m not sure that he really chose him because of his inner awareness.

  2. Well maybe I can use the text to justify wearing pants when Fr. Hoyos and the Renovacion leaders prefer women to wear skirts (and long hair)! That's why I didn't sign up for the ministry of being a "spiritual mother" to priests. Too much emphasis on women being "feminine". I already pray for all my friends in the clergy -- including Fr. Hoyos -- every day and I can do it adequately in the comfort of my own home and in blue jeans. God still listens...I think...


    It looks like this spanish newspaper wants to harm Sr.Forcades' public image, again and again.
    Another article has been published, putting her at the same level of "amantes de las teorías de la conspiración, místicos, estudiosos de la Biblia de la era cuántica y visionarios de espíritus de la naturaleza, maestros ascendidos y extraterrestres".

  4. But Jordi, I don’t blame the press for reporting this; after all she participated in this forum.
    Of course it seems that they highlight her and not the others, the reason may be because the other theories are not as new as hers. Besides nothing wrong with challenging the mind with some conspiracy theories some times. After all none has explain to satisfaction yet why building 7 in Ground Zero, felt flat like a tower of pancakes, when nothing had impacted it or how in the world a guy that had taken a few flying lessons in some sort of Piper type plane and played some MS Flight Simulator, is capable to steer a Boeing 757 almost a ground label against the Pentagon with a skill that would put Captain Sullenberger to shame.
    Lets’ this follow its course and see where does it take us… or her.