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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Silencing Liberal Nuns is a Matter of Duty, not Oppression

This was written in response to an article in the Chicago Tribune.  Since this op-ed piece was not published, I'm publishing it here.

In response to Ms. Schmich’s article, “After Vatican Scolds Group, Nuns’ Silence is Strategy,” I have to object to the very spirit of the article.  Nuns do not define Catholic doctrine and neither do the archbishops or Cardinals of the Church.  The Catholic Faith is not a democracy – it is handed down and preserved by Tradition for over 2,000 years.  Ms. Schmich seems to imply that the nuns are fighting with the men who “run the Church” in a quest to fight against old laws in an attempt to serve Christ.

This is utter garbage.  Nuns, priests, and laypeople are all called to defend and rise up to protect the timeless and unchanging Catholic Faith.  If anyone – nun, priest, bishop, layperson – teaches that which the Church forbids, then that person has placed themselves outside of the state of grace and outside of the Catholic Church, which we believe to be the only Church through which mankind can be saved.

Ms. Schmich seems to think this is a matter of democracy.  This is not.  This is a matter of fighting off a new era where heresies are welcomed and embraced now by even nuns and priests.  Faithful Catholics will not be silent.  We will fight on for the Church and for Christ, who is the True Head of the Visible Church on earth.


del_button April 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Matthew said...

To the comment that I have deleted:

1. Jesus was not a Jew. He is God.
2. Women are not oppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
3. Other "faith traditions" do not worship the same God. They worship heretical interpretations but not the same God. Only the Catholic Church worships the one, true God.

del_button April 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Elizabeth said...

Very well said. Couldn't have said it better myself. It's not surprising that the Trib didn't publish your piece, but too bad.

I'd like to believe, rightly, I think, that an awful lot of Catholics feel the same way as you, even in the overwhelmingly liberal Catholic archdiocese of Chicago. Then again, maybe not.

del_button January 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM
Anonymous said...

Many women today are unwomanly and forget that we have been "created to cooperate with man and in a very beautiful and ennobling sense to serve him, not to dominate him." -Mother Mary Francis, p.c.c. Yes, you are right. Women are not oppressed by the Catholic Church and it is vital that religious women be real women to respond to Gods call. because like mother Francis also expressed: self sacrifice is the special vocation of women in general. We all have an important role in our church, .... Thank you for this post I'm glad I found it.

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