Teaching Them a Lesson in Faith and Morals

April 20th, 2012

A follow-up to Condemning Jesus, inspired by Nuns group ‘stunned’ by Vatican slap and While schisms may come and go, feminism won’t be tolerated (Washington Post 4/20/12, A2).

 

“[W]hile there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States. Further, issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church’s Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching. Moreover, occasional public statements by the LCWR that disagree with or challenge positions taken by the Bishops, who are the Church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals, are not compatible with its purpose.” – the Holy See’s Congregatio Pro Doctrina Fidei Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

 

The Vatican has decided to get tough

On American nuns who aren’t condemning abortion, birth control, and gays enough.

 

Unlike priests raping young boys, this issue is serious,

And it’s effect on the Catholic Church dangerously deleterious.

 

Not only that, nuns have sometimes engaged in public quarrels

With the “church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.”

 

That’s right—the nuns have in the past occasionally publicly refused

To kowtow to those who covered up how priests all those boys had abused.

 

Some of those very Bishops could also at one time

Themselves have been guilty of that horrible crime.

 

Bishops the “faith and morals” guarantor?

Yeah, because that worked so well before.

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Speaking of nuns, priests, and their relative moral standards, here’s the trailer for Doubt. Meryl Streep plays a nun and Catholic school headmistress who suspects one of the priests (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) is sexually abusing students. It’s a very powerful movie.

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