A dowager of the catholic Left has get’s a dose of the Left’s own medicine.

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.

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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    Who said, the more I see of people the more I like my dog.

  2. TonyO says:

    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”.

    So, when they claim that they want for everyone “free speech” and “the right to pursue any idea”, … they LIE. It’s that simple. They not only don’t actually believe their own claims, they (the ones at the top, at least), know darn well that it’s a lie, they do it consciously and deliberately. (Naturally, there are plenty of peons in the pews who are merely “useful idiots” that can’t be bothered to think it through and just believe anything they are told.)

  3. JTH says:

    An interesting article by John Zmirak related to this topic.

    “Jacobs builds on Sullivan’s insight and goes into much further depth. He shows how the social justice movement on campus does much of the work that a real religion would do. It offers some of the same psychic rewards.”


  4. thomas777 says:

    I am actually a teacher in Australia. I can tell you for certain we have our fair share of liberal looney’s down here I don’t know why they feel the need to import them, but they keep doing it. My diocese just brought in a protestant minister of whatever denomination who wanted to teach us that every thing in the old testament was all about the diaspora. They were all upset about the loss of the temple they wrote everything after that event. They post dated the bible essentially. Nothing in it was actually inspired was his point, and his point was nothing in it was prophetic. He flopped with the teachers who had no idea what he was on about.
    The top is so far left they can’t figure out why they are not making any sense. They speak literally a different language (liberalese where every word has two meanings) and then wonder why you can’t understand them.

  5. Philomena Mary says:

    I am also a teacher in Australia – in Melbourne, in fact. There’s a lot of nonsense in schools here.
    God bless the Archbishop for putting his foot down and drawing a line somewhere. We need to pray for him. He’s been, from what I understand, a big improvement on our last Archbishop.

  6. Gab says:

    I’m quite surprised Archbishop Commensoli did this given he is quite the liberal catholic.
    Prayers for him regardless.

  7. Semper Gumby says:

    Kathleen 10: I think St. Thomas Aquinas wrote about that in “Canis meus id comedit”- just before he wrote the Summa.

    A thought occurs:

    Maybe we’re being plagued by Bus Nuns these days because we’ve strayed from Biblical teachings such as:

    “Thou shall not…suffer…a woman…to drive.”

    -Exodus 20:15, Philippians 1:29, John 4:7, Deuteronomy 6:19

    Fr. Z refuses to preach or post on this teaching. Harumph.

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  8. jaykay says:

    When I saw the post title: “A dowager of the catholic Left…” I must say that Sr. Joan didn’t immediately spring to mind. I was thinking more of the Tricoteur ;-)

    Father: thank you that the “preview” option is back!

  9. aiello01 says:

    I think that laypeople are in a better position to state their opinions.
    They can’t be fired or demoted from their clerical jobs.

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