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Vatican Attacks US Nuns For Fighting Poverty Instead Of Gay Marriage

by David Badash on April 19, 2012

in Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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The Vatican this week attacked America’s nuns for spending too much time working to help the poor and fight poverty, and not spending enough time attacking same-sex marriage. The criticism, considered formal disciplinary action against  the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents over 55,000 nuns in the United States, also labeled as “grave and a matter of serious concern,” that the nuns are not sufficiently denouncing abortion, Obamacare, and women’s ordination.

“The directive, which follows a two-year investigation by Rome, also comes as the Vatican appeared ready to welcome a controversial right-wing splinter group of Catholic traditionalists back into the fold, possibly by giving the group a special status so that they can continue to espouse their old-line rites and beliefs,” The Washington Post reports:

“The current doctrinal and pastoral situation of the LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern, also given the influence the LCWR exercises on religious congregations in other parts of the world,” said the eight-page statement issued by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Benedict led for a quarter century before his election.

The CDF, now led by American Cardinal William Levada, appointed Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain to lead the process of overhauling LCWR’s governance and reviewing its plans and programs and its relationship with certain groups that the Vatican finds suspect.

One of the groups singled out in the criticism is Network, a social justice lobby created by Catholic sisters 40 years ago that continues to play a leading role in pushing progressive causes on Capitol Hill.

The Vatican announcement said that “while 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.”

It added that “crucial” issues like “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.”

While LCWR did not respond to repeated requests for comment, Sister Simone Campbell, Network’s executive director, said she was “stunned” that the Vatican document would single out her group, probably over its support for health care reform.

“It concerns me that political differences in a democratic country would result in such a a censure and investigation,” Campbell said.

The Post also notes that the “number of nuns in America has dropped from 179,954 in 1965 to just 55,000 today,” and adds:

Throughout church history, and in particular in the United States, women in religious communities who take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience have directed their work toward charitable and educational ministries — running schools, hospitals, orphanages and a range of social services that have become as much a hallmark of Catholicism as the moral doctrine that the bishops oversee.

Increasingly, however, the hierarchy in Rome and the U.S. is focusing on promoting doctrinal orthodoxy and curbing dissent.

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StanleyJames April 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

Male domination – the cause of most wars. Keep women pregnant and in the kitchen, baby factories for the popes army and the unmarried priests sexual satisfaction

If you thought the dark ages were over, there is an invisible black light over the vatican.

the chuich has nothing to do with god and everything to do with male dominance. Like in the 'good" old days.

Anyone belonging to this decrepid monster is putting themselves on the superhighway to purgatory and hell.

Next hety will go back to their old ways of burning books on the human body and simply praying over sick people. Knowing full well that the body's immune system sometimes cures deadly illnesses

And then they will take the credit for it .

BTW in the USA today about a dozen per year cases of where christian parents refused medical treatment for their very sick child, and the child died. And we the taxpayers had to make room in the local pokey for the parents, guilty of manslaugher.

BTW these are only the known cases. In one I'm familiar with – a pathologist there is a friend of my wifes family – the kid died of diabetic shock – low blood sugar. A candy bar would have saved her.

This church is nothing but power as it takes its last gasps. its like the battle of the bulge. By the church's own admission, eg EWTN, only about 15% fo the people in catholic europe gp o cjhruch anymore and the joke is they are mostly widows looking for husbands.

AVE8R April 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

Another child has killed himself because of the bullying cancer that is permeating our schools and social media. Kenneth James Weishuhn was only fifteen. If we wonder why children act the way they do, look at the models they have to follow. The Vatican is clearly the worse form of radical religious fundamentalism, and it is being facilitated by what has indisputably been identified as the largest organized group of homophobic pedophiles on the planet.

StanleyJames April 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

So the church is against marriage equality for gays, claiming per the pope recently that gay marriage will lead to the end of the human race

Maybe IL Papa should be instead bitching about the 50% divorce rate of st8 couples and realize that gays want to support the institution of marriage – two loving committed couples, a stabilized relationship, till death do us part.

What does the unmarried hierarchy know about marriage also. They btw are married in the queerest marriage of them all – to the church. the church allowed priests to marry until about 1200AD. Theen it changed it to gain more control of priests and insure the priests property was bequeathed to the church and not his family.

A decision with tragic consequences for children

BTW if the preists marry the church, the only question in my mind is whicfh is the top and which is the bottom.

queerbec April 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I wonder how the Vat would react if the American nuns devoted themselves instead to promoting celibacy among the American priesthood and hierarchy. Perhaps that should be their special mission over the coming year–peering into the private lives of the few remaining Catholic priests and holding them accountable for remaining celibate. The nuns should be tracking visitors in and out of rectories each evening, accompanying priests on camping trips with their altar boys, perhaps a nun should be assigned to each priest as he divests himself in the same room as altar boys after mass. Maybe they should make sure that priests and the young men they are counseling always have at least three feet on the ground at all times. Now that may have an impact on the future of the church more than opposing gay marriage.

AdamSOF April 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Nuns need to denounce more things, damn it!

Buffy April 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

Because we know the Bible has so much more to say about hating Teh Gay than helping poor people.

Ruby Ryder April 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Right…blame the women…and abuse the boys. I know there are some lovely Catholic people in this world. Perhaps it’s time to find a new religion?

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