Some of you alert readers have sent me links to an article in TIME about the Vatican and the LCWR nuns. Vatican bad, nuns good.
For example, they think this one is pretty spiffy:
For more than four decades Sister Jeannine Gramick has been tireless in her fight for gay rights through her organization New Ways, despite coming under intense scrutiny from the Vatican.
Oooo…. Vatican scrutiny! You will recall Sr. Gramick from NUNS GONE WILD!
The Vatican doesn’t celebrate these women. In fact, it has done the very opposite. Attacks on American nuns have been happening since 2008, when the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life initiated an “Apostolic Visitation,” a euphemism for investigation, of the nuns.
To put it in perspective, previous “visitations” conducted by the Church were designed to investigate things like the priest sex abuse scandal.
This is simply wrong. Visitations happen all the time and for various reasons. From time to time check ups are needed in all manner of the Church’s institutions. But the silly writer is trying to paint the Holy See in the worst possible light by leading you to accept a false equivalence.
Back to the TIME piece. It may be that TIME let the cat out of the bag:
Why would a generation of young women raised to believe that they can be anything join an institution that tells them there is something they absolutely cannot be, that there is a certain level they will never reach? Many of the women who are nuns today joined the vocation because it was a way to become highly educated, travel the world and dedicate themselves to a higher good without being beholden to a husband or children.
So THAT’s why the LCWR types became nuns!