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.