Apparently America’s nuns are being way too lenient on gay rights, abortion, and women’s ordination–which is why the Vatican reprimanded and ordered disciplinary action against the largest group and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States on Wednesday. The other offenses that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents most of the 55,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, has, in the Vatican’s eyes, committed are “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” and supporting Obama’s health care overhaul.
I’m of mixed feelings about this. Obviously if you’re a direct hire of the church, one of the job requirements is to toe the party line. On the other hand, the party line of the Catholic Church kind of sucks. Their idea of a “radical feminist agenda” is one that treats homosexuals like people deserving of equal treatment under the law, and treats everyone in this country as if they should be able to afford health care AND food, even if it’s still under the broken system of private insurance.
The New York Times’ Laurie Goodstein spoke to Sister Simone Campbell, an executive director of a social justice lobby called Network, which was also cited by the Vatican for … “focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping ‘silent’ on abortion and same-sex marriage.”
It sounds like this is really a matter of the bishops getting their collective panties in a bunch over the fact that the nuns appear to have a better idea of what is to be Christian than they do, and they were called on it. Who gives a rat’s ass about states allowing same-sex marriage if no church is required to perform the ceremony? As for abortion, I would understand it a little more easily if it weren’t for the fact that the Catholic Church has demonstrated a pathological refusal to acknowledge the efficacy of comprehensive sex education or understand the concepts behind hormonal birth control. (HINT: it doesn’t cause abortions, no matter how many times you say it does.) They’ve made it clear that no matter what information you give them that contradicts their view, they’ll just keep saying the same thing … because this isn’t about preserving life. It’s about controlling sex, especially demonizing female sexuality.
Again, the nuns appear to have their priorities in order: charity, mercy, compassion, and the occasional support of legislation that would help women get the health care they need, all the while making the Catholic Church look like they’re doing something productive in the eyes of the rest of the world. Meanwhile the boys in charge are yelling about gays and abortions as if the bible says nothing else.