The fair-minded nearly-ubiquitous John Allen, sadly still with the National Catholic Reporter, posted the transcript of his interview with His Eminence Francis Card. George of Chicago, now President of the USCCB.
There has been a question about what Card. George said during an executive session of the USCCB, as reported by CNA (READ THIS).
The Catholic Healthcare Association (CHA) undermined the authority of the bishops by supporting Obamacare, which the bishops say leaves open the use of taxpayer money for the most extreme form of child abuse: abortions.
Mr. Allen posted, at the end of the transcript,… (my emphases):
ALLEN: From your point of view, is this ultimately an ecclesiological question – who speaks for the church?
CARD. GEORGE: Yes, exactly. Our disagreement may be narrow, but it’s a narrow difference that has exposed a very large principle. It affects the nature of the church, and therefore it has to concern the bishops.
I know this comparison may seem dramatic, but a few years ago Cardinal von Galen of Munster [Germany] was beatified. Under the Nazis, von Galen not only condemned euthanasia as an unethical procedure, but he also condemned the laws which permitted it. Today we think of him as a hero, and rightly so. This is the question that has to be raised: Are we to offer moral teaching solely about actions, or also the laws which permit and foster them?
Let’s loop back into to serious problems with the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). There is a good deal of overlap between the LCWR and the CHA.
There are deep points at stake. They concern the nature of the Church and also the protection of and justice for children.
Women religious have also been guilty of sexual abuse of children. BUT…. they used the abuse of children by men to advance their own agenda.
They want to speak for the Church. They want women priests.
The horrible irony is that these liberal women religious watched the very male clerics they envy and criticize get hammered for sexual abuse of children, they lambasted the male clerics for covering it up, and now we find the women did exactly the same thing. Just ask SNAP.
Dioceses and religious orders of men have been bled white from law suits. Are the women religious next?
Read this entry, in which I refer to decidedly non-traditional, non-conservative sources about the problem:
LCWR’s long-standing coverup of sexual abuse of children by nuns
They are trying to crack the Church’s discipline (celibacy) and teaching (male priesthood).
The Apostolic Visitation of the women religious in the USA is a serious and necessary undertaking.
Read this too.
A magisterium of nuns