As you know, I was recently crushed by the LCWR’s second rejection.
I had reached out in hope. I had applied, again, for media credentials for the upcoming LCWR assembly in Nashville. They have rebuffed, again, my application.
“Where’s their prophetic spirit?”, I cried, more from hurt than from surprise. “What are they afraid of?” You read of my anguish HERE.
Today, I found that my pain is shared, and by an unexpected corner.
Tom Fox of the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) stands with me.
He wrote, HERE:
A group that once prided itself on fearless leadership and modeling transparency is now more media restrictive than most other Catholic organizations, including the U.S. bishops.
WHOA! More than the bishops. That’s pretty bad!
Even Fishwrap’s Sr Joan Chitister, fairly quiet since her Triumph in Tahir, and her sister sister, Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki, have felt my pain. They, too, decry the LCWR’s timidity, which has manifested in their acting out, their straight-arm against those who only seek to dialogue.
Sr. Joan and Sr. Mary Lou think that the LCWR sisters should cry out!
Dearest Sisters [of the LCWR], you have done nothing wrong. It is your obligation as religious to ask the questions that need to be voiced. It is the holy responsibility of religious to stand with those who are most bereft. Be proud of the questions you have asked, the speakers you invited to your assemblies, the statements you issued, the liturgies you celebrated. Go to the microphone and say: We believe in feminist theology and in women’s ordination; we believe in the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender population and we will continue to speak aloud on these issues.
They want the assembled sisters to be prophetic.
But HOW? HOW can they be prophetic when they shut off access to people who can bring their message to the world?
This is so hard. It’s like… like… the stitches in the deep would I endured the other day have been ripped. Again, I bleed and wonder about what might have been.
What might have been….