As you know, the National Catholic Reporter has chosen to flood their paper and website with all manner of articles which dissent from the clear teaching of the Church, especially concerning the ordination of women.
I have of late drilled into articles by Sr. Theresa Kane and Rosemary Radford Reuther.
Now I see that that doyenne of dissent Sr. Joan Chittister, who still hasn’t commented on why the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has straight-armed SNAP in their attempts at dialogue, has a talk published in NCR.
I am not going to bother drilling into Sr. Joan’s essay for two reasons. First, she doesn’t say anything new. Second, the old things she says are not especially well expressed. You will find all the bizarre rereading of Scripture and self-righteousness you have come to expect, but expressed in an even more turgid manner than usual. She simply and openly calls on these nuns to defy the Church…. yawn.
But here are a few things you might think about when you look at her talk to the LCWR for yourselves.
In her talk, Sr. Joan doesn’t include in her litany of all the good works nuns do in their nunhood:
- abortion counseling as supporting a woman’s right to choose,
- active support of pro-choice candidates for political offices,
- the decline of vocations to their institutes,
- their self-examination concerning child abuse,
- and other acts which manifestly set them apart from the Catholic Church.
Finally, on another note, there is also a article in favor of women’s ordination by a Presbyterian elder.
Ummm… when did Presbyterians think anyone should be ordained a priest? When did Presbyterians start valuing Mass celebrated by priests? Does he now believe in the sacrament of penance?
I think he is really concerned about liturgical preaching. But if he thinks women don’t do things in the Church, he’s poorly informed.
Thanks, however, for the advice.