Sunday, March 25, 2012

This is almost as strange as the LA Religious Ed Congress: Pic de Bugarach...

The alien mountain in the French Pyrenees.

They call them hippies - and supposedly they are flocking to magic mountain to await the apocalypse expected on December 21, 2012 - because that's when the Aztec calendar runs out, you know.  Many say and believe aliens inhabit the interior of the mountain, and sometimes naked people climb the mountain - in your face nudity for the aliens is the way I see it - and you know what Bishop Sheen says about that: Love of nudity is one of the three signs of the diabolical.
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They believe that when apocalypse strikes on 21 December this year, the aliens waiting in their spacecraft inside Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near by and beam them off to the next age. 
For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eery power. Often called the "upside-down mountain" – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves.

Further, rumours persist that the country's late president François Mitterrand was transported by helicopter on to the peak, while the Nazis, and, later, Israel's Mossad, performed mysterious digs there. Now the nearby village is awash with New Agers, who have boosted the local economy, though their naked group climbs up to the peak have raised concerns as well as eyebrows. Among other oddities, some hikers have been spotted scaling the mountain carrying a ball with a golden ring, strung together by a single thread. - Read more.

And yet New Agers say Roman Catholics are nuts...  and they aren't talking about those who offered workshops this weekend at the LA Religious Ed Congress, or the get naked touch retreat at St. John's Abbey either.  (The retreat was cancelled BTW - I wonder why the LA Congress wasn't?)

Photo: Bob, the retreat master: "Ready for the climb."

Pic de Bougarach


  1. +JMJ+

    Now I have to know . . . What are the other two signs of the diabolical, please?

  2. violence and division.

  3. ... Terry .... ROFL & Crying ...

    Beam me up Scotty .....

  4. Did bishop Sheen really say that? What about all the art, painting, sculpture, etc. that depicts the nude human body?

    What about married people who enjoy the intimacy that it affords between them? Should they be afraid to be nude around one another? (some Catholics really say this - avoid it as much as you can)

    I think of tge Germans I knew who went to spas and stuff that were "textile free" - they found it laughable, almost insulting, that Americans associate nudity inextricably with sexuality. They were appalled at tge thought that an American could see something sexual in the nudity of a sauna, for example (which are mixed in northern Europe). Or Finns for whom that's been a part of their culture forever?

    Of course, there's something off about guys like the one
    in the picture - nudity in every place and possibility. In your face, in all contexts. That's weird. But are we really supposed to believe there's something diabolical in simply being comfortable with it, even enjoying it, in tge right contexts?

    Sorry I ran off topic, of course.

  5. Chase - I'm thinking - if he really said that - that it was in relationship to some types of modern psyche therapies and cults - like the guy in the photo. I just used the quote for fun... or to make fun of the New Agers.

    Paula - I'm glad you got a laugh out of this - I did too.

  6. " ... Bishop Sheen says about that: Love of nudity is one of the three signs of the diabolical."


    Actually Bishop Sheen looked kind of diabolical himself with those creepy eyes and that overly dramatic, stagey manner of his. Why else go swanning around in a floor length, purple ferriolone(cape) ? ... HAR !

    I can only imagine what Sister Wendy Beckett, consecrated virgin, but also noted British art historian and expert, would have to say by way of comment about that nutty idea of Sheen's about nudity..


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