Friday, January 8, 2010

Year Two of the Vatican Visitation: Some Ridiculous Religious are Still Whining...

Oh those wacky religious sisters who equate being asked to fill out a questionnaire with being physically abused (that's pretty much what the Vatican Investigation they're all squawking about consists of).

This is why I have had an attitude problem recently with the California Bishops who are enabling this absurd logic (or lack there of) by issuing a statement of support (I was praying to see some sign of dissent from those Bishops who can see through this sham... there have to be a few... but no sign of that yet). Everything I've seen says that they are supporting these poor "abused" women from the "violence" of... wait... where's the "violence" coming from again?

Is it this woman?

Mother Mary Clare Millea?

Mother Mary Clare is superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome. She was named by the Vatican as apostolic visitator for the three year study of women religious in the U.S. which is, thankfully entering its second year.

Actually I can understand why meeting with Mother Mary Clare Millea would upset many of these women. She's an example of a religious who has taken her vows seriously and who hasn't allowed Satan to muddle her view of reality and God. I can't imagine her linking arms with other female religious and dancing around in a circle while chanting "Earth my body, water my blood, fire my spirit" (as took place at the Women's Ordination Worldwide conference in Dublin, Ireland during the opening ceremony). And for the radical group of women who are upset by the visitation, she is the epitome of what they should have and could have been when they first pledged their lives to God.

This has all come up again because a Professor at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (surprise, surprise), Sister Sandra Schneiders has come out with a series of five essays, spewing more nonsense about the injustice of the Vatican investigation (but you should see the number of people who praise her words... they sound like the same people who show up whenever Catholic bashing occurs... the self deprecating "Catholics" who can't actually explain a single Church teaching... here is the start of her actual articles if you can stomach them). She says that the investigation is the result of the complaints of a small number of "extremely conservative religious." She goes on to say that no one asked the thousands of laity who had been educated by these women what they thought.

I'm not sure she should use the religious education of the last decades as a positive example. I've met far too many people who left the Church because their complete lack of a religious education (despite being enrolled in Catholic school). Actually the most angry people that I've met were usually educated by heterodox sisters or heterodox Jesuit priests. I saw a lot of those at my Catholic University and not many called themselves "Catholic" after their "education."

Prayers for Mother Mary Clare Millea. It seems like she has a lot of work to do to clean up the mess that heterodox heretics have created.


  1. I just don't understand why someone who identified as liberal or feminist would WANT to be involved with the Roman Catholic Church, an institution which most definitely *not* liberal or feminist. There are plenty of other places where women can dance in circles chanting "earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit!". The Catholic Church does not need to be one of them.

  2. Your guess is as good as mine on that one.

  3. I heartily agree with the sentiment expressed by Anonymous. I have never understood why a woman who wishes to disassociate herself from the corpus of Catholic teaching (and from the vows of obedience she makes to God) would wish to remain Catholic. I hang my head in shame when I read stories such as this. May God forgive this arrogance and may the Holy Spirit soften their hearts and help them find once again the narrow road toward Heaven.

  4. I wonder how long it will take to clean up such a BIG mess.

  5. I'm a bit upset with Anon's comment about why would people who consider themselves to be feminists remain with the Catholic Church.

    It is a common misconception that feminists are a bunch of women who hate men. This is simply not the case. Many feminists are women and men from all walks of life.

    The definition of a person who is a feminist is one who strives to give women the same freedoms and choices that men have. These choices being same wages, ability to vote, ability to travel, ability to go to school, custody rights, etc.

    So feminism is not something that goes against the fiber of being Catholic. The Catholic Church has always strived to give basic rights to women and men. To me being feminist is about giving women choices, whether that is to stay home and be mothers or have careers. By the same token I feel that men should also have the right to stay home and be fathers or choose careers. In this country there are stigmas against men to the point that if a man takes more than a month off for maternity leave, he can loose his job.

    So I would consider myself to be feminist and a masculist (which is the belief and promotion in the equal rights of men). Therefore I don't think it's wrong for me to view myself as a Catholic and a feminist.

    Some extreme feminists have issues with religion in general, but I believe that these notions are separate from what true feminism is. Most every feminist does not go against the Church. And as I said before, I think the Church is the perfect place for someone who is a feminist. The Church is very conscience of the social rights of women and our abundant respect for the Virgin Mary illustrates that.


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