I wrote the following in an email reply to a friend on the subject...
"I know about Theosophy too - I dabbled in the occult before my conversion - that stuff sticks to you like pitch - while listening to the tape of Barbara Marx Hubbard I felt an interior rush - an artificial feeling of bliss - almost like the threshold of feeling high - hard to explain. A bad spirit, to be sure. Anyway - Hubbard is filling a spiritual void in these fallen angels/sisters of the LCWR."
Which is precisely why I do not find the gathering in St. Louis amusing.
Once, the author Michael O'Brien told me I should not have my astrological sign available in my profile - explaining how even that connection to the occult can be bad. I don't necessarily agree with that, however, if people think charms, images, and occult references are dangerous and open one to demonic influences, why on earth do they mockingly dismiss what the LCWR is doing by inviting actual occultists to address their conferences? Especially when these same women continue to influence the Church in the United States.
It is no laughing matter.