In another post, I wrote about Sr. Maureen Fiedler’s Fishwrap column about Mr. Roy Bourgeois and the grave injustices done to him by the Vatican’s male oppressors and their Maryknoll minions.
I was so moved by her piece, so disturbed by her litany of injustices, that I am now forced to ask myself -and you, dear readers – some hard soul-searching questions.
Why won’t Sr. Fiedler help Mr. Bourgeois with deeds and not just easy words at NCR?
Fiedler must help Bourgeois to join her order and become a nun.
The sisters in favor of women’s ordination should throw the doors of their houses open to men.
Until they do, they are perpetuating medieval discrimination in their ossified female power-structures.
Fiedler is a Sister of Loretto. They surely have lots of empty rooms available. Why should those rooms be empty when men like poor Roy are out on their ears? Men like Roy… how that name rings now in our ear. Nay rather… all men!
They threw off their habits. Will they never throw open their doors?
If the Sisters of Loretto are not ready to open their arms and hearts and doors, would Roy fit in better with the work of Sr. Simone Campbell’s group? The Sisters of Social Service? Where are the Nuns on the Bus? Do they have a seat for him? In the front of the bus and not in the back?
Perhaps Roy could help promote the goals of the Catholic Health Association by joining Sr. Carol Keehan by uniting himself with the Daughters of Charity. His experience protesting the School of the Americas could be invaluable in the quest for comprehensive family-planning at catholic hospitals nationwide.
Why aren’t men like Roy allowed to show solidarity with the women he defends by joining them as a nun in their institutes?
Why won’t women like Sr. Fiedler invite men like Roy to become nuns? WHY?
This is an intolerable injustice.
Fiedler and her kind are guilty of the same thing she launches at the teeth of “Vatican officials”. She clings to discrimination and obsolete power-structures.
It is time for a reckoning and real conversion. Until this injustice is corrected with real actions are these sisters any better than Sheriff “Bull”?
I believe, dear readers, that we shall overcome!
I have a dream of equality. Let us all dream together that Maureen will, as spokesperson for the Sisters of Loretto, one day show that women religious have finally opened their hearts, that they have at last broken the encircling chains of discrimination, that they at last, at long last, have reached out to men with deeds and not just empty words on the website of the NCR.