Don't get me wrong. I have a three year old daughter who talks about being a nun every. single. day. I love reading articles about nuns like these, and I love to hear stories of how more orthodox minded convents find themselves overflowing with novices.
But more often we see stories of nuns supporting universal healthcare that includes abortion coverage (and it's in the news because they're giving interviews and telling everyone loudly that the Bishops are wrong!). I've been sickened by pictures of a nun working as an abortion clinic escort. Then of course there's the nuns that can't stop talking about female "ordination" and how it would be the best thing since sliced bread and the Vatican should just get on board.
Three years ago, when the Vatican began it's public investigation (or at least when I heard about it), I was a fairly new blogger with a brand new baby blog and I talked about it a lot. I couldn't help but shake my head at the language that was being used to describe the investigation, with it's horrid distributing of questionnaires (insert eye roll to stress the sarcasm in that previous sentence). Personally, as a woman, I couldn't help but be offended when one of the nuns said that the questionnaires were part of a "cycle of violence" on women. In the second year of the investigation the "abuse" and "violence" language dragged on and on and on.
I imagine the fireworks are now about to start again. Last night CMR reported:
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality.
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican announced April 18. The archbishop will be assisted by Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio, and Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., and draw on the advice of fellow bishops, women religious and other experts.
The LCWR, a Maryland-based umbrella group that claims about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women's communities as members, represents about 80 percent of the country's 57,000 women religious.And I can't help but imagine how the mainstream media is going to jump up and down in glee while twisting both the investigation and the calls for reform.
The announcement from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith came in an eight-page "doctrinal assessment," based on an investigation that Bishop Blair began on behalf of the Vatican in April 2008. That investigation led the doctrinal congregation to conclude, in January 2011, that "the current doctrinal and pastoral situation of LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern, also given the influence the LCWR exercises on religious congregation in other parts of the world."
I think the ending of the first story I stumbled across by ABC is telling. The reporter ends with an interview with a "canon lawyer" who he notes is an "Obama supporter" who says that he sees "more holiness in the convents than in the chancery."
I have a feeling these particular women aren't yet done playing the "victim of the patriarchy" card... I imagine we'll see quite a bit about it in the upcoming days. And hopefully the solution to these problems, will help the faithful develop a deeper understanding of Church teaching and help put an end to the lies that have been spread over the last decade in catechesis.