“If you don’t get in the car and go to CCD class, you can pack your bags and leave MY house!”
Such were the words of torture from my mother, the Catholic Nazi Police. I endured two years of CCD class, taught by a husband and wife team named Fran and Charlie who talked about their sex lives the whole time. I don’t think the word spirituality made it into the class discussion once. Of course, sex must be between a man and his wife only—and a woman’s place was making babies and satisfying her husband…according to Fran and Charlie. My sister, who is 10 months younger, also had to endure the completely useless catechism class with me. She was responsible for keeping me from coming unglued every time they opened their mouth. I think Fran got verklempt when I declared during class that I had no intention of having children—that I intended to be a career woman. Stuttering, she told me that a woman’s rib came from a man (someone named Adam) and that it was her duty to have children. My sister was ready to crawl under the kiddie desks we sat at and disown me as a relative.
When I was a senior in high school, it was time for the official Confirmation” which first required that I tell my sins to a priest before the church would make me an official member. I protested to my mother, “I don’t want to be confirmed. I will never be a Catholic and you can’t make me be one!”
To which she replied, “You will be confirmed or you can pack your bags right now!”
After much hissing and realizing I had nowhere else to live, I was forced to have an audience with the priest and drum up some kind of Sin. I never believed in the concept of Sin. I was always of the Marianne Williamson/A Course in Miracles school that Sin should be known as an Error in Judgment, to which we all have the ability to Choose Again, or as Wayne Dyer says, “Be better than we used to be.”
I never believed we had to share that experience with anyone else publicly…but in this case, my mother was serving me an eviction notice if I didn’t go through the motions and play the part of a sinner who was begging to be confirmed as a member of the Catholic Church. So, I did.
I waited in line at the church with the other potential evictees and I tried to drum up a good sin while I was waiting. I think the first Sin that came to mind were the thoughts I was having about my mother, the landlord. I sat down with the priest in his intimidating black robe and he asked, “So Robin, do you attend church every Sunday?”
To which I replied without hesitation, “No, I don’t believe I have to attend church. I believe that you can speak to God wherever you are.” You would think I insulted the Wizard of Oz himself.
“Who are YOU to determine where you worship!?”
He actually screamed at me.
“I tell YOU where YOU should worship! Attending Sunday Mass shows your commitment to God.”
I was bold. I replied, “People only show up for church to show off their new outfit and gossip,” and that, “Very few people actually listened to the Mass.” I told him that we would have to, “Agree to disagree on this matter.” Talk about making the Wizard of Oz mad!
This guy was so furious, he called my mother in and screamed at her—“Who does your daughter think she is? She thinks she knows better than ME on matters of faith!”
If I remember correctly, I think the priest made me say some Hail Marys or something like that and my mother gave me the evil eye all the way home in the car. I hardly remember talking about my Sin with him. I guess once you try to usurp the authority of a priest, a made up Sin seems inconsequential. The whole ordeal didn’t endear me to the Catholic Nazi Police, but I was being authentically myself—to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth...so help me God!
On the day of the official Confirmation ceremony, I was kicking and screaming out the door, “You can’t make me be Catholic just by forcing me to go through this ridiculous process. Religion and spirituality are a commitment of the soul!”
The Nazi Police/Mother said, “You will be Catholic whether you want to be or not! You will be confirmed!”
In her mind, she was saving me from going to hell. In my mind, I was already in hell. I was forced to take a Confirmation name—as if my own wasn’t good enough for God. I chose the name Joan of Arc—the only person I could think of who fought as hard as I did for a spiritual position and who burned at the stake—something similar to what I was facing if I didn’t march my butt down the church aisle. I rolled my eyes the whole time and opened my mouth at the appropriate time to take communion. My mother got me to walk the plank for show and tell, but to this day, my spirit will never be Catholic.
Which brings me to David Brody’s book, Cabal of the Westford Knight-Templars at the Newport Tower. Brody’s book is a breath of fresh air for those of us who have endured the antics and controlling nature of the Catholic Church and the passion of their ardent followers. The book picks up where the Da Vinci Code leaves off. It’s a fictional story based on factual archeological finds that have turned up in the New England area that point to the presence of Pre-Columbian settlers with a connection to the Templar history. Based on Brody’s research, many of the Templar Knights may not have been so Catholic either.
Brody takes us back to the 1300’s when Templar Knights were under attack by the Catholic Church to steal their fortunes and take back the power of the masses. In France and England, Knights were being tortured and put to death as Heretics, by the very church they were protecting. There is some historical support to suggest that a group of Knights were able to escape to Scotland. When the Catholic English attacked Scotland, the Templars needed a new home where they could go undetected by the church. Brody and others speculate the Templars sailed across the Atlantic to America—carrying with them the Templar secrets of the Jesus bloodline and the treasures from King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.
The fascinating conclusion to the Templar story and the spirituality of Jesus as outlined in the Cabal of the Westford Knight makes the reader think differently about the history of a religion they’ve been taught in school or catechism class. In order to get to the fascinating conclusion, the reader has to wind around an adventure similar to the Da Vinci Code.
In the end, the author makes the reader think differently about Jesus in a more spiritual way than the Da Vinci Code did. Any explorer of spiritual metaphysical topics will love how the author unites Native American spiritual beliefs and the real spiritual beliefs of Jesus as told by those who carry the Jesus bloodline (in the book). These beliefs tie into the teachings of Jesus as outlined in the Gnostic gospels, not the selective and manipulated teachings fed to the masses by the Catholic Church.
The Cabal of the Westford Knight sets your mind free to consider a different view of Jesus and spirituality which connects spirit with the natural world—something most people know intuitively. As the Knights Templar always said, “Veritas Vos Liberabit,” The Truth Will Set You Free. Sometimes it takes a few centuries.
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R. Ann Rousseau writes about metaphysical, spiritual and astrology topics on her blog Explore Beyond the Usual. She is author of the new novel Portsmouth, A Love Story.
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