In the recent interview in the Fishwrap with the CDF’s Prefect Card. Levada, there were some fascinating things.
He revealed quite a lot about the manner of work of the CDF, he admitted that he made a mistake, he described the slow process, he explained how Sr. Margaret Farley of “self-pleasuring” fame … and no doubt many many others we have not yet heard about … came to their attention. He basically said that when the LCWR decides not to cooperate, the CDF has alternative plans.
Levada spoke in clear language and he spoke it to the NCR. I’ve gotta say that he hit it out of the park.
Can you say preemptive strike?
I was quite interested in his admission of the mistake in allowing the LCWR to honor Sr. Sandra Schneiders, IHM, at their August meeting.
Sr. Schneiders – like so many of these liberal nun exponents of the Magisterium of Nuns – has put out some really bad books.
For example, there is her line of thought – NunThink – in the 2009 essays Fishwrap published (see links below).
Sr. Schneiders has taught her sister women religious that, since Lumen gentium confirms that nuns aren’t actually members of the hierarchy, then nuns don’t have to pay attention to the teachings of the hierarchy which they don’t like or promote or enforce the teachings that come from the hierarchy.
Furthermore, according to NunThink, they now make their vows to God, not the Church. Basically, Schneiders exalts the sisters who defy the hierarchy and she runs down those who are in the “CMSWR-type communities continuing the older form”. For Schneiders, the women religious of her preference have evolved away from consecrated religious life, into ministerial religious life. They see themselves as “ministers”. But they are not members of the hierarchy.
Therefore have a kind of prophetic ministerial church authority over and against the official institutional church.
According to Schneiders, the hierarchy considers women religious a kind of work force, foot soldiers, who will promote official teaching, etc.
But Schneiders sees religious as being freed from that role by the Spirit of Vatican II.
There is actually an entire planet between her thought and Vatican II on religious.
The more you read what Schneiders’ writes and says, the more you understand the context of Card. Levada’s recent explanations and the CDF’s hostile takeover of the LCWR.
On a side bar, have you noticed that the group of dissident Irish priests has piped down? I can imagine the scene down at the Pink Shamrock Pub: “Hey, Paddy. Did you see what the CDF is doing to the Irish-American nuns of the LCWR?” “Sean, I did. And if the ******** can do that to them, imagine what they could do to us!”
Take a look at Schneider’s essays – a cri de coeur in five parts against the Apostolic Visitation – which were made into a really bad book. Here are links to the essays:
- Part One: Religious Life as Prophetic Life Form, Jan. 4
- Part Two: Call, Response and Task of Prophetic Action, Jan. 5
- Part Three: What Jesus taught us about his prophetic ministry, Jan. 6
- Part Four: Tasks of those who choose the prophetic life style, Jan. 7
- Part Five: Religious life: sharing Jesus’ passion, resurrection, Jan. 8
- Read an interview with Sr. Schneiders. She explains why she wrote this essay: Schneiders to explore meaning of religious life today
Do you want to know how screwy Sr. Schneiders’ ideas on religious life really are? Read how Fishwrap‘s Richard McBrien lavishes praise on her HERE.