Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Time for a nice hot cup of Patriarchy

George Weigel: The Vatican and the Sisters...
it’s both absurd and dishonest for the media and the Catholic Left to propagate the myth that the 21st-century life of those religious women whose orders are LCWR members is just a modernized version of The Bells of St. Mary’s. Yes, many sisters continue to do many good works. On the other hand, almost none of the sisters in LCWR congregations wear religious habits; most have long since abandoned convent life for apartments and other domestic arrangements; their spiritual life is more likely to be influenced by the Enneagram and Deepak Chopra than by Teresa of Avila and Edith Stein; their notions of orthodoxy are, to put it gently, innovative; and their relationship to Church authority is best described as one of barely concealed contempt.
Mr. Weigel probably hasn't hung around these types of sisters much lately, cuz he's a bit off on the last point. The contempt is not concealed, but in many cases, open and celebrated.

Do read the whole thing, because it gets much, much worse. Remember, these are the sort of Religious Sisters who have moved beyond Jesus.

But of course, the news isn't all bad...
The other fact to be noted about the LCWR congregations — largely unremarked in the Gadarene rush to pit plucky nuns against Neanderthal prelates — is that they’re dying. 
 h/t Pundette

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