Archbishop Viganò put his finger on a nerve concerning Catholic education and women religious

My friend The Motely Monk has a very good post today at The American Catholic.

I can’t reproduce the whole thing here, but when you go read that, note that the writer is reclaiming from the liberals the concept of “questioning”.

The liberal lefties are mired in error about what “questioning” is. They question from a stance of suspicion and dissent and aggression against proper authority.

But there is a good way to question.  As a matter of fact, we properly question when seeking understand, which is what Faith urges us to do.  Fides quaerens intellectum!

So, check out the article HERE.  Watch how the Apostolic Nuncio to the USA, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in a talk to the bishops spoke about problems with Catholic higher education and women religious.

An excerpt:

A seamless garment: The Vatican, the LCWR, and U.S. Catholic higher education…


That’s the nerve Archbishop Viganò put his finger on when he addressed the nation’s bishops. It’s the materialist, Marxist ideology that’s shaped how many of the nation’s religious women and men think. It’s also shaped the culture of many of the nation’s institutions of Catholic higher education because it’s how many of those who administer and teach in those institutions think.

That in his role as Papal Nuncio, The Motley Monk understands why Archbishop Viganò delivered that address to the bishops. Viganò was relating to the bishops—the pastors—what’s on the Pope’s mind

The problem is that the Archbishop’s message needs to be delivered directly to the pastors’ choirmasters and mistresses.

It would be quite interesting if Archbishop Viganò was to deliver the very same address to the heads of the Leadership Conference of Religious Women, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, and the presidents of the nation’s institutions of Catholic higher education.

His reference to “an attitude of deep communion with the local bishop” recalls The Motley Monk’s reading of the 1978 joint-directive from the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Religious “Directive for mutual relations between bishops and religious in the Church.” Chapters 2 and 3 offer a rich theological reflection upon the concept of ecclesial communion which differentiates the Roman Catholic Church from other churches and denominations, and in particular, Protestantism and Anglicanism.

Challenging the women and men religious as well as the presidents of the nation’s Catholic universities and colleges to read and reflect upon this model may inform them that they are not thinking with the Church.

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  1. Cathy says:

    Oh wow, the box on Marxian dialectic is the exact description of how our pastor described theology is done.

  2. SKAY says:

    Thanks for this post, Father.

  3. Bryan Boyle says:

    “they are not thinking with the Church”

    Exactly. They have traded the applause of this world for the promise of the next.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Marxists use dialectic. But it’s Hegel’s dealie.

    This is just about everything I know about Hegel.

  5. Laura98 says:

    All that Marxist Hegelian Dialectic talk brought back bad memories of several university classes and made my head start spinning!

    Excellent article with so many wonderful points. Thanks for sharing this Fr. Z!

  6. Supertradmum says:

    Gramsci is smiling from …..

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