Wednesday, July 12, 2006
A 'religious sister' - "Still crazy after all of these years"
Raise your hand if you know Catholics that have left the Church and blame it on the 'mean' nuns they had in school as a kid. These were the habit-clad versions that whipped you into shape with a pointer across the face, or a twist-you-down-to-the-ground with a turn of your ear. The ones who told kids they would end up in jail or amount to nothing, while doting on the prospective priests and nuns in the class. The same ones who wouldn't let girls like Mary Jo Copeland participate in the "May Crowning" because she had greasy hair and a dirty uniform and came from a bad home. Some of us stayed in the Church despite them, many others couldn't wait to get out.
So now they are old and liberal and a 'kinder gentler' lot. They dress in awful secular clothes and get their hair done, unless they are dykes, then they are pretty butch. Nevertheless, they still do not have an authentic spirituality. And now they espouse all the right trends of the culture of death. Their 'convents' are centers of new age thought, wiccan ritual, and they still dominate colleges and spirituality centers. Some even function as 'priests' - although, if they go for ordination, they 'risk' excommunication. Risk? They are already excommunicated in conscience! Stay away!
I've often said, the old breed drove people away by their puritanical, dogmatic rigidity, as well as an enormous lack of charity. The new ones drive them away by their free-wheeling, liberal anti-Catholic, materialist lifestyle, as well as a lack of charity. Sure they 'do' charity - that is, secular work that helps the poor; yet understand this, the greatest lack of charity is sending souls to hell. Hence, pro-choice 'sisters' are doing a better job than their predecessors. But whose keeping score?
[Praise God we have authentic nuns like the Nashville Dominicans as well as others who teach and serve in the Church today, and provide an authentic witness to the laity!]