Once upon a time, when you could recognize religious by the habits they wore, a Jesuit was riding grandly in his carriage when he spotted a Minim, of the the order founded by St Francis of Paola, on foot and begging as the mendicant he was. As he passed the little friar, this grand Jesuit chortled in Latin, “Minime! Minime! Semper minimus eris!” (Hey Minim/Shorty! Hey Minim/Shorty! You’ll always be the least!) To which the Minim duly replied, “Jesuita! Jesuita! Non ibat Jesu ita!” (Hey Jesuit, Jesuit! Jesus didn’t get around that way!).
The Jesuit was caught in his hypocrisy.
You could still hear this barb in Rome, back in the day: “Iesuita! Non Iesu ita!” (A Jesuit, but not like Jesus.) Fair or unfair, it writes itself.
Speaking of Jesuits, James Martin posted this bit of virtue signalling from high atop his carriage.
How wonderful to hear a distinguished New Testament scholar like Carolyn Osiek RSCJ preach on the Feast of the #Assumption! How wonderful to hear women share their reflections on the Gospel readings on Marian Feasts–indeed, on any feast, and on any day. https://t.co/Z664J0H8NF
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 15, 2019
Martin once posted that he was “stupefied” that women weren’t allowed to preach. Isn’t he amazing?
I remind the readership that Jesuits reject women, unlike the Benedictines, Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians, Carmelites… etc.
So, what does “distinguished” Sister have to say about the Assumption? Let’s see what Martin is praising.
BTW… this seems to be a set piece for the video, not during a Mass. Also, Osiek taught at the dreadful Chicago Theological Union for a long time and is involved in FutureChurch. You wouldn’t know she is a RSCJ, Religious of the Sacred Heart. You could tell immediately that she is a religious, but not because of an identifying habit.
Quotes and paraphrases…
“The feast of the Assumption means that Mary is just as good as the guys.”
We tend to talk about Christ’s Ascension as if he did it on his own and Mary’s Assumption as if she needed some help.
But Jesus and Mary are not the first to have gone “somewhere up there where God is”. In addition to Elijah and Enoch, Livy said that mythic Romulus, and Roman Emperors was taken up.
“So, the Ascension of Jesus, the Assumption of Mary are by no means unique. Rather, they conveyed a message to their world. Jesus and Mary rate with the great ones.” (I am not making this up!)
Then she says that inclusion of Mary’s Assumption was “early”, 4th or 5th century. (Patently absurd.)
Then she mocks the image of the Assumption by Murillo.
Going on, she likens the image of the woman and child in Revelation, threatened by the dragon. To protect the child the woman must flee, just like all the immigrant mothers who must flee to protect their children. (I am not making this up… this is what the Jesuit thinks we need!)
“Look out those who sit on thrones of worldly power.” (Wow… she’s really subtle.)
Anyway, after an struggle with the clutch and stick shift of linear thought she goes to another gear about 1 Cor 15 and finishes with a quote from Chesterton’s Regina Angelorum. This part had zero to do with the first part of her “sermon” and was therefore the best part.
Meanwhile, I contacted a priest friend who had to study at CTU back in the day. I asked him about Osiek and he responded with a single word: “Heretic”. I mentioned that I would post about Martin and Osiek’s “sermon”. “A perfect combo”, quoth he.