Quantum Spirituality

April 2004

A reader sent us the bulletin from Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Silver Springs, New York, wherein we got the answer to something that has puzzled us for a long time: "Did you ever wonder why we no longer hear teaching on serious personal sin?" Why yes, we certainly have. The answer: "In the past many Church practices and teachings were based on avoiding the consequences (guilt, damnation) of improper personal acts (fornication, contraception, divorce, etc.). The new direction of the Church, called Quantum spirituality, seeks to emphasize our interconnectedness with one another and the world. It is the mystical awareness of the goodness of life…." Well, how cool to hear we're all becoming mystics now!

When the bulletin says that Quantum spirituality "is the mystical awareness of the goodness of life," it adds that this mystical awareness "should lead us away from sin in the first place." But what kind of sin is being referred to here? If Quantum spirituality is not concerned with personal sin, then the sin being referred to must be political — sins against social justice, women's rights, the environment, etc.

Alas, we must sheepishly admit that we've never heard of "Quantum spirituality." Not wanting to miss out on "the new direction of the Church," we rushed over to our Catholic encyclopedias and the Catechism to get a fuller description, but "Quantum spirituality" isn't listed anywhere. And what the church bulletin says about Quantum spirituality is all it says.

So we figured we'd just have to use our intuition and imagination to extrapolate on what Quantum spirituality is all about. Since we're all becoming mystics, why not?

Since quantum mechanics is a branch of physics, then Quantum spirituality would have to be some kind of physical spirituality. And since Quantum spirituality emphasizes "our interconnectedness with one another," then the ultimate in physical interconnectedness would have to be, uh, copulation.


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