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My money’s on the nuns

Posted by Charles II on June 3, 2012

(or, as Brother John reminds us, on the sisters)

David Gibson, Religious News Service at HuffPo:

Leaders representing most of the nation’s 57,000 Catholic nuns on Friday (June 1) answered a Vatican crackdown on their group by charging that Rome’s criticisms of the sisters were “unsubstantiated,” caused “scandal and pain” and “greater polarization” in the church.

In an interview Friday with the National Catholic Reporter, LCWR president Sr. Pat Farrell, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa said that in raising doctrinal and theological issues the nuns in her organization have also been reflecting a wider conversation among Catholics in the church — and one that often finds no other outlet in officialdom.

“The insinuation that I think many people could draw from reading that Vatican document is that if we raise those questions, we’re unfaithful to the church,”

The LCWR nuns have no formal church authority and few options in opposing Rome, but some Vatican watchers believe the pushback by the nuns and the groundswell of support from the pews — combined with a Vatican that is reeling with its own problems — could raise the odds of a rapprochement that might defuse the tensions.

There is recent precedent for such an outcome. A wide-ranging investigation of all American nuns, launched in 2009 by a different Vatican agency, was also seen as a heavy-handed maneuver and prompted widespread resistance. That led the Vatican to recalibrate its approach and focus on dialogue with the nuns rather than top-down scrutiny.

As far as I can see, this is McCarthyism from the Vatican. The LCWR has been staunch and steady in the face of it, and I predict they’ll force the Vatican to back down. Apologize? Well, maybe in 500 years or so.

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