I promised myself I could start blogging regularly today because I’ve pretty much finished working on the second edition of my book The Big Bang to Now. I still have some finishing touches to complete, but I feel good enough to start nibbling away on my box of candy again.
So herein resumes my daily offerings of rants, meditations, reports, questions, opinions, and other assorted trivia.
Today I want to celebrate American nuns. The Vatican, while madly trying to cover up the serious and often criminal sexual activities of many Catholic priests has turned instead its guns on American nuns for serving the gay community, and for the audacity to suggest that women should be ordained.
I don’t know, but I strongly suspect that the bishops and the Vatican have no idea what they are taking on. American nuns are human. They have limitations and failings like the rest of the human species. But my experience – and I have a lot of it close up – is that American nuns are often exceptionally dedicated, generous, and unselfish in their commitment to serving the poor and those in need. Possibly just as much to the point, many of them are exceptionally bright and well-educated, and do not feel inferior to men who have unilaterally declared themselves to be infallible.
Some Catholics, both male and female, will submit to the Vatican’s’ wishes. But I suspect that more will simply disregard the bishops and their mandates even more than they already have, as coming from a group of sex-obsessed, power-hungry men who have no idea what is actually going on in the real world which they purport to serve.
I have been scandalized to learn recently that an Australian nun who had the temerity to “out” a paedophile priest was first excommunicated. She has now been beatified. But priests and nuns are still being excommunicated this very moment for even arguing that women should be allowed to be ordained. And to my surprise, thinking that I already knew it all, I learned today that Catholics in Austria are routinely excommunicated for failing to pay a church-mandated tax. Paedophile priests, on the other hand, are not excommunicated, because they are “sick.”
Okay, for a more cheerful way of looking at it, double click on the link:
Do you see what I mean? I don’t think those bishops should mess with American nuns myself.