Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quote du Jour (Religion Department)

Can I get through a week without being in the presence of Curia craziness? Apparently not. Today's quote is selected from the opening paragraph of Gary Wills' piece, "Bullying the Nuns" on today's NYRBlog.

I'm keeping up with this latest WTF event by subscribing to SistersNews.net, which is curating news and commentary from all perspectives. It's balanced. I, currently, am not.

The Vatican has issued a harsh statement claiming that American nuns do not follow their bishops’ thinking. That statement is profoundly true. Thank God, they don’t. Nuns have always had a different set of priorities from that of bishops. The bishops are interested in power. The nuns are interested in the powerless. Nuns have preserved Gospel values while bishops have been perverting them. 
─  Garry Wills


  1. Great post Meredith.I'm in the same place.
    This one may tilt you even further.:-)



  2. Love the aside, "the bishops, never strong on self-observation." I keep reminding myself that my sense of disgust and betrayal as a convert is probably *nothing* compared to what cradle Catholics are feeling these days.

    Peace be with us...

  3. Meredith, I'm also a fairly recent convert (2004) and these articles communicate such sad news. This is not the message that our Lord left with us and some days I wonder why God has brought me into the Catholic expression of the Christian faith. Our hope is in our risen Lord and not in institutions.

  4. Lynda: I know, right? I wonder more and more with every passing day, although I know (cognitively) why it had to be Roman Catholicism for me. The only other option was the Orthodox church, which is a lot more sensible when it comes to things like married clergy.

    In the end, it (religion) all has precious little to do with living faith and following Jesus, alas.


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