Friday, July 28, 2006

I am trying hard to be sympathetic but....

Today Spiritdaily links to the following story, "Catholics Face Crisis Over Retired Nuns." The upshot of the articles is that dying religious orders don't have enough financial resources to take care of their aging members.

Don't get me wrong, many of these ladies rendered great service to Holy Mother Church and they all should be treated with dignity. However, I can't help but think that many of them are in a bed they made themselves. Why are these orders dying? Could it be the abandoning of common prayer, common life, common dress? Could it be the twisting of poverty, chasity, and obedience into something else? Could it be turning from traditional community charisms to more 'relevant ministries' which turned out to be as relevant as mood rings? Could it be trading the Gospel of Christ for the ideologies of feminist, Marxist, and psychology? Could it be that community resources were squandered on jewelry, makeup, 'Nuclear Free Zone' signs, and training in Wicca.

The article disagrees. Instead,

The problem is discussed in the new book "Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church's Betrayal of American Nuns" (Doubleday) by former New York Times religion editor Kenneth Briggs. The book's main theme is that church authorities vetoed sisters' hopes for dramatic changes that would provide more freedom and effective ministries in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council.

Right.... It was the mean old hierarchy that kept the good sisters from having enough pantsuits and enneagram workshops
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