Friday, June 01, 2012

A Headline That Tells All

Angry, (old), nuns protest the Vatican's oversight
1. "Pope: Stop bullying the nuns." Yeah, that's rich, and so very original.
2. "Stop being a helicopter-hierarchy hovering over the sisters. Clean up your own house!" By straightening out your renegade religious orders, that's exactly what the pope is doing!

From CNN:
American nuns come out swinging against Vatican in face of ‘radical feminist’ accusations

(CNN) – The leadership representing most of America’s nuns came out swinging Friday against the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, in the face of charges from the Vatican that the nuns are espousing “radical feminism” and straying from church teaching.

The Vatican’s criticism of the American nuns has “caused scandal and pain throughout the church community, and created greater polarization,” the Leadership Conference of Women Religious - which represents about 80% of American nuns - said in a statement Friday. ...

Church experts say that the nuns have a few options in responding to one of the most powerful offices in the church. They could accept the assessment, negotiate or resign en masse and form a new group outside the watchful eye of the Vatican.

Go right ahead.

The intransigence of these bitter nuns, acting like they can "fight back" against the pope, the head of the Church, proves the point made by the Vatican that they've become loose cannons. The Church isn't a democracy. Deal with it or get out. Religious take special vows of obedience to their superiors and, by extension, to the successor of Peter. As I see things, it's about time they get their comeuppance. And for them to talk about "scandal" is really the pot calling the kettle black. For decades, these radical nuns (of course not all nuns) have taken up fringe, leftist causes that go directly against Church teaching, especially on radical feminism, homosexuality, the ordination of women to the priesthood and, in some instances, even abortion. Again, it's deeply comforting to know that rogue orders of this stripe are dying off and that younger, faithful orders are cropping up to fill the void.

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