Friday, January 1, 2010

Berkeley Communist Criticizes Visitation

From Eponymous Flower (whose comment is also in red below):

The National Catholic Reporter has been harping on the issue of the Vatican Investigation of US Women Religious for some time now. Now they're enabling this dysfunctional religious family, giving air to their delusions and presenting a Catholicism that is counterfeit; that's what the NCR does.

Sister Sandy herself teaches Scripture, the kind of scripture scholar who tried to tell you that the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes wasn't a real miracle, at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley California, and attempts to derail the Visitation by suggesting that the problems facing women religious in the United States isn't really a problem. If American religious were alcoholics, we might say that they were self-deceived.

CR Editor Tom Fox interviewed Schneiders, asking her about the purpose and timing of her five-part essay.

NCR: Why did you write this article, why now?

Schneiders: To begin with “why now,” because the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious has created what the Chinese ideogram for “crisis” means, namely, a situation of danger and opportunity. Religious and their life are in danger from three directions.

•First, they do not know what the Vatican plans to do with whatever information it collects and, if those who suspect that the conclusions were reached before the investigation began are correct this danger is not illusory.

•Second, there is the danger that some religious will become so disgusted, discouraged, disheartened, even justifiably angered by this implied questioning of the integrity of their lives and the authenticity of their ministries, and by the clear signals that they are expected, if they want ecclesiastical approval, to get back “in the box” that defined their pre-conciliar lives, that they will simply give up, either on religious life itself or on their own vocations to it, or on a church which seems to be defined by a narrow, rigid, exclusively institutional ecclesiology. [This isn't such a bad thing. If you don't like being a Catholic religious, hit the road and become something else. Many of these religious are actually destroying the Church and their attempts to deny either that or that they are somehow coherent with Catholic thought, are becoming increasingly hard for them to deny.]

Couldn't say it better myself.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?

These are the people to whom the answer is resoundingly -YES.

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