The Vatican has another bug up its bonnet; this time going after the nuns in the United States. Heaven forbid these well-educated, worldly aware, spiritual women of faith and calling don’t fall nicely in line with everything the guys in Rome say they should. I think they protest too much…
From here it looks like the Pope and the Vatican are a lot more concerned about control and compliance–of women in a country and in a culture that is not theirs, I might add–than they are in honoring what true spirituality, faith, and the sacred calling of these women (and each one of us) is about.
Vatican II, also part of the Roman Catholic tradition, especially of us Baby Boomers, upheld that a person’s informed conscience is the ultimate moral authority in one’s decisions. There are significant moral issues, very personal ones, the sisters have chosen to remain silent on. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything.” Or maybe they’re just focused on doing what they’re being led / called to do–from a lot higher and deeper power than the Pope or the Vatican–to heal spirits, minds, and bodies, deal with day-to-day lives they touch, and be who they are.
Love this statement from the Miami Herald:
Nick Cafardi, a canon lawyer and former dean of Duqesne Law School, said he has worked over the years with many nuns and that the description in the report does not reflect his experience with them. …”I don’t know any more holy people,” Cafardi said of American religious sisters. “I see a lot more holiness in the convents than I see in the chancery.” Read more on that here.
I have this vision of big tom turkeys, prancing around with all their feathers puffed up and displayed, thinking all their posturing is impressive. Guys, you look and sound like arrogant, egotistical, and controlling stuffed shirts; and definitely not attractive or impressive. Catholics don’t stay catholic because of stuff like this….especially the women.