Interesting, but not surprising how the media has jumped on the story of the Big Bad Vatican reigning in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Yes, this is a big story, but not as big as the media would like it to be. Given the reports, one would think that Inquisition 2012 is kicking off and that every Nun in America is being indicted and will be censored by the big, scary Magisterium of the Church.
However, the LCWR is not representative of all women religious and it’s definitely not the mouthpiece of all Nuns (not that the Media is telling us this). I’ve had the great pleasure to know many Nuns, in and out of Habits. Those great women seem to be too busy working and providing selfless service to others, remarkably while remaining within the norms and traditions of the Church. Amazing, that the two can coincide. The Media and opponents of the Church would like us to believe that all American Nuns are being criticized for the work they do. Nope, the Magisterium is trying to reign in those that are using their status as Sister to espouse ideas that are counter to the traditions and norms of the Church.
Take a look at Fr. John Zuhlsdorf’s blog, which outlines the wackadoos that the Vatican is trying to weed out. “Nuns” escorting women to Abortion Clinics…you have to be kidding.
I truly believe that if some of these Nuns (a term I use loosely) did not have the title Sister in front of their name, they would just be another Liberal woman. There are a lot of great Nuns that go under the radar because they are not looking for a microphone or camera to be in front of, they are just concerned with doing the good work to which they’ve dedicated their lives.
I know that women in the Church have not always been supported and they’ve even sometimes been oppressed by over zealous misogynistic clerics (just read the history and struggles of the Ursulines in New Orleans). Times have changed, and yes there are still those in the Church, as well as the general society that don’t view women as integral to the Church and Her mission, but most recognize the importance of women in the Church, especially Religious.
It should be noted, that what the Media fails to mention is these radicals are on the fringes and do not reflect the mainstream of Catholics or Religious. The Orders the radicals belong to are the same ones that are dying off, whereas the orthodox, traditional, Orders are younger and growing.
All of this is just nunsense.