Some readers may feel the conclusion suggested in the previous entry is a paranoid fantasy of some sort. Nevertheless, there have been for many years talk and reports, much of it reliable, of high level Mother Church canoodling with the Roman Catholic church and the medical profession. Former Board Director Virginia Harris was apparently proud of having many close friends who were obstetricians.
Those were the days when Harris and presumably the Board were giddy at the prospect of being an official participant in some Harvard University Medical School group which periodically met to discuss the effect of mind on health and healing or something like that. Harvard, at least, had the good sense to end this misguided and pathetic foray into the exciting and alluring world of medicine.
That malevolent influences have been at work in Boston for the past 20 years or so is to me supported by the systematic perversion of nearly every important activity of The Mother Church. Here is a short list: the Board of Directors, the Bible lessons, the periodicals, the Monitor, lectures, class teaching, committees on publication, healing standards, Journal listing standards, M.C. membership qualifications (so it is reported), and the squandering of many hundreds of millions of the Church's financial legacy.
It took a few 250 watt bulbs to get this job done as thoroughly and methodically as it was, and there are some of us who have not seen Church wattages much above 60 for many years. The insidious mental influence came from somewhere, and make no mistake, there are practiced hands at this sort of thing constantly at work.
Christian Scientists cannot be too alert to aggressive mental suggestion and subtle stupefying and stultifying mental influences. Powerless mental influences to be sure, but extremely harmful nonetheless if innocently, carelessly, or foolishly taken in.
Distressing as these actions have been to so many, what is even worse, they made possible the carefully disguised endgame: marginalizing, disheartening, discouraging, and driving out probably thousands of genuine Christian Scientists. Long written off by Boston as pesky impediments and nuisances these true Scientists have been superseded by a majority consisting of apathetic and servile sheep.
God will never, of course, place Christian Science in such hands, but much of what has been hard won since 1866 could be obscured or lost for a time. And if one is looking for who is doubtless rejoicing at this fait accompli, he should look no farther than the opening paragraph of this entry.
Christian Science might well borrow at this juncture the motto of the Order of the Garter: honi soit qui mal y pense.