The Roman Catholic Church is at it again. Now they are trying to stop American nuns from speaking out against injustices. “It’s not unlike the days of yore when they singled out people in the days of the Inquisition” said Kenneth Briggs, author of “Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.” It’s long been a policy of the church hierarchy to downgrade women. Now they are more offended at America’s nuns efforts to help the poor than they were at pedophiles molesting children in the church. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York recently told Wall Street journal that only “a tiny minority” of priests were tainted by sex abuse. Such little display of sorrow and regret at the molestation of children, yet they are ready to strike out at nuns who’s only sin is trying to help poor women.
Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia is the first church supervisor to go on trial for child endangerment. He’s fighting charges that he covered up for 20 priests accused of sexual abuse of children. Most of those priests were transferred to other Churches that were not told of their child molesting past. The Philadelphia church leaders decided that Rev. Thomas Smith wasn’t sexually motivated when he made boys strip to be whipped in a Passion play. The same Philadelphia church also decided that a fifth grade altar boy who was raped by two priest and his teacher was not in need of protection. Where are the priorities of the church? It’s easy to see it isn’t children or nuns.
The American nuns in questions had the audacity to speak out to the Leadership Conference of Women of Religion, the main association of American Catholic nuns. They had the gall to speak out in support of President Obama’s health care plan, including his compromise on contraception for religious hospitals. The Vatican accused the nuns of pushing “radical feminist themes” and not upholding the churches policy, (of keeping women on the lowest rung of he ladder.) Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was awarded the task of cracking down on “corporate dissent” among the outspoken nuns.
Instead of looking into the Vatican hierarchy and the sins of pedophile priests which should be dealt with and corrected, they are going after nuns whose only wish is to help women live healthy lifestyles with the number of children they can afford to care for. The sisters are trying to figure the best way to respond to this last slap down from the Vatican. Meanwhile the older nuns are aging and dying out. Few young women today are willing to give their lives to a church who’s determined to keep women subservient and on their knees. If the Vatican doesn’t wake up nuns may soon be a dream from the past.