Hey, Feminists! You’re “Incompatible With The Catholic Faith”
So much for that kinder, gentler Pope! For all his foot-washing and spurning of the red Prada shoes, this pope isn’t all that different than the last. Especially if you’re one of the 80% of American nuns which are part of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. (That’s ”radical feminists”, to you and me.)
In a report issued by the Vatican under Benedict’s leadership, the Holy See accused the group of undermining “issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church’s Biblical view of family life and human sexuality” and promoting a “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” (Salon)
In other words, these women just don’t know their place and are spending far too much energy on things like caring for the poor, and not nearly enough preaching about the evils of abortion and the gays. Luckily, the nuns are gonna get straightened out: the Pope will have a team of three male Bishops just go ahead and re-write their conference statutes for them. Thank goodness the men have their Catholic priorities straight!
As part of the ongoing plan, the Vatican has given Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain the authority to take the steps he sees as necessary to ensure the group better toes the party line as laid out by the Vatican and echoed by the American contingent of Catholic bishops. Those steps including requiring the nuns to get approval from the archbishop for every speaker they invite to a public event, replace their handbook, and revise their statutes, along with generally ensuring that they don’t publicly ”disagree with or challenge positions taken by” American bishops or the Vatican. (Slate)
I can’t tell anyone how to exercise their faith, and while I’d probably be itching for a fight, the sisters in fact appear to be taking a more conciliatory approach to today’s news. I wish them godspeed. Perhaps it’s more important to them that they be able to continue their good works, despite this most insulting patriarchal interference. But for the rest of us: do notice that the Vatican again explicitly calls feminism incompatible with the Church. That’s good to know.