Why do you think so many liberals fail to understand that liberalism, rather than a neutral political and ideological space, is a particular ideology and worldview?
Liberalism has shrouded its substantive commitments behind a veil of neutrality, although some of its classical and contemporary philosophers and defenders are forthright about those substantive commitments. But, in practice, liberalism’s advance is somewhat comparable to what happens in Economics courses: the textbook definition of basic human motivation according to economic theory is maximization of one’s utility – one’s interest and advantage.
While apparently merely a description, sociological studies have shown that students who take multiple economics courses are more likely to act more selfishly than before they took the course or in comparison to students who don’t take economics courses. In a more pervasive way, liberalism advances by positing the belief that humans exist in a state of nature as autonomous, disconnected, wholly free and rights-bearing creatures.
But what is claimed to be merely a description of human nature over time becomes an aim and goal of liberal society itself, gradually but ineluctably shaping people in the image of what it merely claims to describe. Thus, we increasingly see a liberal people defined by absence of interpersonal commitments, whether marriage, family, children, or memberships in longstanding cultures or a religious community.
Further, where commitments are taken on, they are subject to perpetual revision – whether through divorce in the matter of marriage, abortion in regard to children, or church shopping or the rise of “Nones” in the case of religion. Such people are driven above all by demands of consumption and money-making, claiming the right to self-definition while abandoning any longstanding cultural practices of self-limitation, which become increasingly regarded as unjust and unjustified limitations upon one’s freedom and autonomy.
More ironically still, a massive growth of the state is required to make this experience of individualism possible, thus enthralling purportedly free subjects to a pervasive political order.
First chapter of The Gates of Mary Magdalene
One day in the fall I met a strange man at a coffee shop at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. He approached me when I was reading a book about Iron John. I loved reading and had already read many books about the Holy Grail, fairy tales and tribal peoples. But instead of gaining a real understanding of the inner mysteries of life I only had amassed a large number of unconnected information in my mind. This was going to change rapidly now. Why this man found me I cannot say. I had no special qualities and was certainly far less care taking than any average mother, who brought her children home after work. Perhaps I was simply lost and needed help.
“Iron John isn´t an ordinary fairy tale.” The stranger said. I looked at him with astonishment, but because there were plenty of interesting people on the streets of Berlin I decided to give him a second of attention. He was perhaps sixty and had a thick beard, whose lower half was white. He wore a black trench coat, a black hat, which he took hesitantly and had dark brown eyes that shone beneath his bushy dark eyebrows.
“I am Carlos, by the way.”
“Bernard.” We nodded to each other.
“So what do you thing about this fairy tale?” I asked.
“It´s a Gnostic tale, written as a reminder of the steps one has to follow if he wants to reach the Sophia.”
The man pulled back a chair and sat down at my table.
“The Sophia?” I asked. “Who is that?” Carlos smiled.
“The Sophia is the female part of God who stands for knowledge and enlightenment. She is the spiritual goal for seekers since thousands of years.”
“But can this be a gnostic tale? Did not the brothers Grimm wrote this story down?” i asked. He nodded.
“They have published it, sure. But who designed it first? The Grimms just found it somewhere. But anyone who understands the symbols of the Gnosis can find in this fairy tale much more than an average parent who reads it to his children.” I gave him a curious look. He held my gaze.
“Ok. I am listening to you.”
The man put his big old farmer-hands on the table, looking at them as if he remembered all the troubles he once had in his life.
“I am pleased to do that. Today, our teachings are not as secret as fifty years ago. We have lifted the curtain a little, so that a sparkle from inside can attract some seekers. You may already know the goal of the Gnostics was enlightenment. Furthermore they have written down their doctrines in symbolic form. This tale is a good example of that. It’s pretty sophisticated, but you can´t see it at the first glance. It looks like a normal fairy tale, containing the naive message that all things will fall in the right order and all good people will find there happiness. But such a story can also be used as a hiding place, into which you can put things you want to preserve over time. If you want, I’ll show you some meanings, which we believe can be seen in the story. But this must remain only between us. It´s still confidential information.”
His eyes pierced me in a way that I felt a shiver down my spine.
“Wait!” I said. “Why should you tell a complete stranger an ancient secret? That makes no sense at all.” Carlos smiled seriously.
“It makes no sense, that’s true. But there are hardly any secrets left nowadays, in the age of information. I ask not really that you hold these information secret. But respect them as a way of seeing the world, which is first of all just for you. I give them to you only because the voice asked me to do that. You’ll be part of a long line of transmitters, said the voice. But this is not without danger I need to say frankly.”
I was surprised. Was I invited here into a different world where danger could be lurking behind each corner? Should I not just run away?
“Why should that be dangerous?” I asked with a scratchy voice. Carlos looked around the cafe, as if he was a man who had lived long in the underground and it was used to scan the environment for particular persons.
“I have a strange feeling that someone is at my heels. I ‘m not quite sure, but you never know. Maybe some people would like to see us all dead, forever swallowed by history. But now do not think about it. Instead, think of a unique change that can occur in your life now. That does not happen in any lifetime.” I nodded, my heart was pounding. I decided not to push Carlos away, even he sound totally crazy to me. What he said felt just true, although he might pull me into a world of madness, from where there was no escape. Little did I know that soon the way of my thinking would change and therefore my world also. But since my life somehow seemed boring and empty I had not much objection against the risk of change.
We agreed to meet in a pub at Friedrichshain, another Berlin neighbourhood a week later. Meanwhile, I read the story through as carefully as possible. I found that it was an interesting tale. It was a story of savagery and power, and the final victory over all the forces who were opposing love. Then Carlos gave me the explanations that I’m trying to reproduce here in the following pages.
The master has withdrawn himself into the mountains and caves of Catalonia. Will we see him against? we ask ourselves, everything he departs. Our meeting point is now an old abandoned monastery on the top of a small mountain. He stays in silence. Hunt for your spirit and nothing else! he said yesterday after giving us further instructions how and what to teach. Here we are, departed in a world of strangers, without anyone who wants to hear this. Maybe we forget the whole thing and continue with our business.
ANCIENT CATHOLIC ORIGINS OF OLD CATHOLICISM
MEDIEVAL TEMPLAR FOUNDATIONS OF THE OLD CATHOLIC MOVEMENT
The historical record proves that the independent classical denomination of 1st century Ancient Catholicism, as preserved by the Knights Templar, constitutes the original source and foundations of the 12th century Independent Church Movement, the derivative 19th century Old Catholic Movement and Reformed Catholic Movement, and the resulting early 20th century Liberal Catholic Movement:
Only 6 years after the Vatican grant of ecclesiastical sovereignty to the Order of the Temple of Solomon, in the Papal Bull Omne Datum Optimum of 1139 AD, the Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism (which the Knights Templar recovered from the historical Temple of Solomon) served as the precedent and basis for creation of the 12th century Independent Church Movement:
In 1145 AD, Pope Eugene III granted autonomy as a “cathedral chapter” to Bishops in Utrecht, Netherlands, which marked the formal beginning of the “Independent Church Movement”.
Pope Eugene III was the first Cistercian to become Pope, who trained at the Cistercian Monastery at Clairvaux, and was loyal to his close friend and mentor Bernard de Clairvaux  , the patron Saint of the Templar Order. The Templar Order was founded specifically as a mission for the Cistercian Order of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon as the earliest foundations of Catholicism .
These facts prove that the Independent Church Movement was established as part of the original 12th century founding strategies for the Templar Order, and was intended to include the recognized denomination of Ancient Catholicism of the Knights Templar.
In 1215 AD, the Vatican’s Fourth Lateran Council established the acceptance of “independent” Churches (Canon 3), recognizing “their jurisdiction” (Canon 5), and confirming the autonomy of “cathedral churches” (Canons 10-11) to independently create their own Bishops (Canon 23), thereby recognizing them as Independent Churches .
In 1520 AD, Pope Leo X issued the Papal Bull Debitum Pastoralis(“Pastoral Duty”), which confirmed the right of Independent Bishops to perform Episcopal consecrations without a Papal mandate, and making the independent Clergy immune from Vatican judiciary jurisdiction, thereby upgrading the ecclesiastical independence of Utrecht. This grant was obtained by Philip of Burgundy, the Bishop of Utrecht, who was a Teutonic Knight (knighted in 1491 AD) and thus a leader of cultural Templarism .
Throughout this period of development of the Independent Church Movement (1145-1520 AD), Utrecht was a sovereign possession of the Teutonic Order under its Prince Grand Masters (for approximately 114 years from ca. 1466 AD until 1580 AD) . The Teutonic Order was essentially a branch of the Knights Templar, founded in the Templar stronghold of Acre in 1190 AD  (under sovereignty of the Templar Principality of Antioch for 61 years from 1129 AD).
These facts prove that the Independent Church Movement was established by autonomous leaders of cultural Templarism, and is an authentic part of Templar heritage, and also evidence that it was intended to include the classical denomination of Ancient Catholicism as preserved by the Knights Templar.
In 1870 AD, the Independent Church Movement became the foundation of the “Old Catholic Movement”, when an estimated 50% of all practicing Catholics, led by the Independent Bishops of cultural Templarism, split from the Vatican Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church:
The Old Catholic Movement began primarily in opposition to the Vatican Council’s declaration of the new dogma of “Papal infallibility” in 1870 AD . The dissenting minority consisted of 20% of Bishops, although they were Bishops of strategic influence in key countries, such that they represented a following which averages 50% of all practicing Roman Catholics . As a result, the Old Catholic Movement was directly led and founded by an estimated 10% of Vatican Bishops, meaning that half of dissenting Bishops actually split to branch into Old Catholicism , taking with them half of the Catholic Faithful worldwide.
In 1871 AD, the Old Catholic Congress declared “Adherence to the Ancient Catholic faith… [and] the constitution [substance] of the Ancient Church”, with “rejection of the new dogmas”, as “preparation of the way for the reunion of the Christian confessions.” 
In 1879 AD, the “Reformed Catholic Movement” was established by the Irish Roman Catholic Bishop James O’Connor (1823-1890 AD), together with a group of Clergy who left the Vatican to be Independent Bishops. The Reformed movement was founded as embodying traditional Catholic practices, characterized by some Protestant and Evangelical doctrines of direct communion through the Holy Spirit .
In 1889 AD, the Declaration of Utrecht, by the Independent Bishops of the Old Catholic Movement, continued only the older version of classical Catholic doctrines as they were before 1054 AD (prior to the First Vatican Council), such that this derivative movement became popularly known as “Old Catholicism”.
The Declaration preserves “the primitive Church” of early 1st century Christianity as “the undivided Church of the first thousand years” (Article 1), and continues “the doctrine of the primitive Church” (Article 4), “in harmony with the teaching of the primitive Church” (Article 5), thereby “maintaining the faith of the undivided Church… especially the essential Christian truths professed by all the Christian confessions [denominations]” (Article 7) as “the doctrine of Jesus Christ” (Article 8).
The Declaration of Utrecht actually does not use the phrase “Old Catholic”. Rather, it specifically recognizes the “historical primacy… of the Ancient Church” (Article 2) and “Ancient Catholic doctrine” (Article 6). 
The 19th century “Old Catholic Movement” has its original founding roots in the 12th century Independent Church Movement driven by the Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism; Its Congress adopted the “Ancient Catholic faith” of the “Ancient Church”; Its Declaration specifically refers to the “Ancient Church” as “Ancient Catholic”. For these compelling reasons, many scholars alternately (and interchangeably) refer to this derivative movement as “Ancient Catholicism”.
In 1892 AD, the original 12th century Independent Church Movement was brought to North America by the Jacobite Old Catholic Bishop Joseph Rene Vilatte.
In 1908 AD, the derivative 19th century Old Catholic Movement was brought to the United Kingdom by Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew (French Roman Catholic Priest, made Doctor of Divinity by Pope Pius IX, first Old Catholic Bishop of Great Britain).
In 1916 AD, the “Liberal Catholic Movement” was established to revive and promote the more ancient heritage within the Independent Church Movement and Old Catholic Movement. This tradition of Liberal Old Catholicism was founded by Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew, Bishop James Ingall Wedgewood (British Anglican, Sorbonne doctoral scholar), and Bishop Charles Webster Leadbeater (British Anglican Priest), based upon scholarship of esoteric Christianity from the Theosophical movement of 1875 AD, inspired by the ancient Egyptian priestly traditions and sacred wisdom underlying Christianity. Therefore, Liberal Catholicism was specifically based upon the original denomination of Ancient Catholicism as preserved by the Knights Templar. The Liberal Catholic Movement is the most widely recognized tradition within Old Catholicism 
As a result of all of the above facts, the Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism is the earliest original source of, and the underlying foundations and basis for, all Independent Churches and Old Catholic Churches. For this reason, the Ancient Catholic Church from 1139 AD is historically and canonically the only Pontifical Catholicate which unifies and represents the Independent Church Movement from 1145 AD, the derivative Old Catholic Movement from 1870 AD, the related Reformed Catholic Movement of 1879 AD, and the resulting Liberal Catholic Movement from 1916 AD.
The apparent paradox of a Pontifical authority for “Independent” Churches is resolved by the original and authentic principles of doctrinal freedom, liturgical freedom, and autonomy for all of its member Churches. This allows the Ancient Catholic Church to serve as an international presence advancing the collective interests for the benefit of all its Churches in communion with the canonical Pontificate.
Separatist supporters have gathered outside the high court in Barcelona in the latest protest over Madrid’s attempts to stop Catalonia’s independence referendum.
The court is deciding whether to release 15 pro-independence officials arrested on suspicion of helping to prepare for the 1 October poll.
Spain’s constitutional court says the vote is illegal.
But the region’s vice-president said the vote would go ahead if possible.
Oriol Junqueras admitted that police action on Wednesday to disrupt planning for the referendum, including seizing about 10 million voting slips from a warehouse, had “altered the state of play”.
But he said “everything is being done” to allow the vote to proceed.
Last night, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the referendum was a “chimera” and urged separatists to abandon their plans.
Although the referendum itself now looks less likely to take place, the already hostile relationship between Catalonia and Madrid has been exacerbated, says the BBC’s Guy Hedgecoe in Barcelona.
- Spain plays cat and mouse as Catalan vote looms
- Does Catalonia want to leave Spain?
- Spain poised to seize Catalan finances
Protesters outside the high court on Thursday chanted “Free the prisoners!” and sang the Catalan anthem.
Police searches on Wednesday in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, sparked a mass street protest. Police said up to 40,000 people gathered outside the devolved government’s economy ministry in the city, which was searched.
Several hundred stayed on past midnight and some scuffles were reported and objects were thrown as police tried to exit the building. Police charged some protesters trying to block their passage. Three police patrol cars were damaged.
Meanwhile, comments by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont were denounced as “lying, cheating and manipulating” by a Madrid government official in Catalonia.
Mr Puigdemont had accused the central government of effectively suspending devolution after it moved to seize control of regional finances to stop them being used to fund the referendum.
Separatist parties who control the Catalan parliament pushed through the referendum law earlier this month after unsuccessfully demanding for years the right to hold a free vote on self-determination.
Catalonia, a wealthy region of 7.5 million people in north-eastern Spain, has its own language and culture but is not recognised as a separate nation by the Spanish state.
Yesterday night close to Rennes there was a seeming attack of deamons. I had to call the forth arcangels of the directions and the names of God of the Central Pilar. The forces of darkness are not real in themselves, because outside of God nothing exists. But somethimes we have to remind ourselves of the power which goes with us where ever we go.
We also met interesting people in Rennes, like David who is channeling music with the help of Mozart. He played for the Queen and with Paul McCartney. He took me compleatly out when he started to play, wow!
One other initiated told me that a big event will come soon, and it will be a good one. So stay in prayer brothers. The Children of the Wind, which i initiated pray the Jesus-Prayer all the time. P.B.
I was walking to Caravaca (Region Murcia, southern Spain) where the release of all carma or guilt is overed this year (like every 7th year). This is a great opportunity to make peace with one self. The castle where the church with the reliquie of the holy Cross is, was built by the Knights Templar.