Sunday, January 30, 2011

Teresa Forcades at Lleida

by Mireia González (English translation by Rebel Girl)
La Mañana
January 29, 2011

Doctor, theologian and Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades said yesterday in Lleida that what in 2009 was called the "influenza A pandemic" was, in reality, "a case of corruption."

Forcades, who is known for her criticism of the actions of the multinational pharmaceutical companies in general, and in particular of how the so-called Influenza A pandemic of 2009 was handled, was reflecting yesterday at the Lleida Museum about the concept of co-redemption in a lecture titled "Giving Birth to the Light."

The conference room at the Lleida Museum was small for all the people who came to hear Teresa Forcades yesterday. In fact, there were even people who came an hour early to secure a good seat. Giving birth to the Light is, for Forcades, the very core of Christian theology and spirituality, since "God can only be experienced if He is somehow born in us. This is what the Virgin Mary experienced in a very specific way, but what's interesting is applying it to every person."

But beyond vindicating the role of women, giving birth to the Light means that "males are also called to give birth to the divine Light. It's one of those things that interests me most about Christianity, that there are not separate gender roles in the area of spirituality, but instead it tells us that each person is unique and each person is called to give birth to the Light. And now, yes, in this giving birth to the Light all of us, men and women, take as role models this woman, Mary, and all those who, throughout history, have let themselves be made fertile by God and have tried in their historical context to give birth to this light of Jesus."

During the flu campaign, Forcades thinks it was quite clear, especially in the Council of Europe's study, The False Pandemic, that what has been called the Influenza A pandemic, wasn't. "Instead of addressing the interests of the general population, what they did was address some very special interests, so it's a case of corruption."

"What we have to do is make preparatory plans for a pandemic so that nobody can trade on it, that is, that detecting a health scare can't be a business deal for anyone. Because if someone has an interest in its existence, it will exist," Forcades stated.

The doctor and theologian avoided talking about the art litigation*, saying that the only thing she would wish "as a member of the Church would be that this be resolved in an exemplary manner, in the sense that there would be a cordial agreement."

* Translator's note: This last question appears to refer to an ongoing dispute over some items of religious art that is currently under litigation between the dioceses of Lleida and Barbastro-Monzón.

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