The Other I

May 1, 2012

My box of candy

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.


  1. oh welcome back – missed missed missed you! and congratulations on the book – i am assuming we can get it thru amazon. this latest foray by the church to sanction folks who disagree, question, walk to the step of a different drummer is, well amuzing until i was told by a nun today that her community thinks that it may be layacizd – which of course affects the pockets of many well over 60-90+ since vocations have been going to the bottom of the sea since the 70’s. she said to me that it does not affect her personally, as she was working in a high paying field prior to entering and has 401K’s she plans, if this happens, to have her sister, who is an invester, manage the money and she will support the other 2 sisters living with her and their work. i think the great majority do not have this option.. k


    Comment by kateritek — May 1, 2012 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

    • Hmmm, I’d not thought of laicization. On the other hand, if I were the bishops I would remember that the divorce rate began to increase as women became economically independent and did not have to depend on men to have food to eat and a roof over their heads. I also suspect that a lot of Catholic laity would support nuns who were forced out by the RC church. I know I would, and you know I don’t have a particularly mushy heart on things like this.


      Comment by theotheri — May 2, 2012 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for that lighthearted look! Power to Sister Gerotola! k


    Comment by kay lent — May 1, 2012 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  3. Watched the link- she was great.


    Comment by sanstorm — May 1, 2012 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  4. Power and Blessings to ALL the Sisters out there. Love you and support you all. They have NO idea how they have offended all women! Best of luck on your book Terry!


    Comment by Donna — May 2, 2012 @ 1:07 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Donna for the good luck wish on my book. I feel the same as you about many sisters. I might not agree with all of the theology, but what we do, not what we think, is what matters. I’ll go out of my way to support them if I can. Terry


      Comment by theotheri — May 2, 2012 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

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