A dowager of the catholic Left has, like the cobbler in the story, been given a taste of the Left’s own medicine. She didn’t take it very well. Her reaction was to whine about it to a writer at Hell’s Bible, who produced a piece worthy of a Third Nocturn.
General busybody and former LCWR head Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB was disinvited from an education conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia.
Sister Joan Chittister, a well-known American nun, feminist and scholar, was looking forward to speaking at a Catholic education conference in Australia next year, figuring there would be plenty to discuss in a country where Catholic schools educate roughly one in five children.
But then Sister Joan, 83, received an email a few weeks ago effectively telling her not to come, saying that the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli, had not endorsed the invitation.
No reason was given, she said. But to Sister Joan and her supporters, the message was clear: The leaders of the church don’t like her ideas — especially her call to empower women and laypeople — so they plan to suppress them.
“It is pathetic,” Sister Joan said on Monday in an interview from Erie, Pa., where she has lived and worked with the needy for most of her life. “These teachers for the next generation of thinkers are being denied the right to pursue ideas.”
“I see it as a lot bigger than one conference,” she added. “I see it as an attitude of mind that is dangerous to the church.”
Fr. Richard Jacobs comments at his blog The Motley Monk…
The irony is how Sister C is crying foul when Archbishop is merely applying the identical standard to a theological progressive that presidents of the nation’s Catholic universities and colleges routinely apply to theological conservatives.
And…lo and behold…the theological progressives don’t like it so they’re crying foul to the New York Times which, of course, agrees with their assessment!
It’s all about “fairness,” no?
Yep. It’s all about fairness.
The lefty catholics tend to whine to the sky when disinvited, as in the case of a certain homosexualist Jesuit, while conservatives tend take it on the chin and move on. We’re used to it.
A case in point, is, well, the undersigned. I was slated to speak somewhere. Everything was printed and distributed. The locum tenens called in the pastor and commanded him to disinvite me. No. This didn’t make it onto the blog at the time. Why? Because, I was worried about retribution against other people if it became a more public matter. As the Fat Man put it in The House of God, “They can always hurt you more.” (Law VIII) What really drips with irony is that that same locum tenens soon after invited the above-mentioned homosexualist Jesuit to speak at his cathedral because, “This is a priest who has given his life for the service of the church”.
As the saying goes, all priests are equal but some priests are more equal than others.