The American Catholic nuns got a slap across the knuckle from the Pope’s ruler this week, when the Vatican told them that they are doing too much to help the poor and not enough to support the wars on women and on the LGBT community.
In an assessment issued Wednesday, the Vatican complained of “serious doctrinal problems” and assigned a
babysitter Bishop to oversee the nuns.
The nuns, in daring to serve the people instead of hating the gays are being accused of “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” From the New York Times:
The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” During the debate over the health care overhaul in 2010, American bishops came out in opposition to the health plan, but dozens of sisters, many of whom belong to the Leadership Conference, signed a statement supporting it — support that provided crucial cover for the Obama administration in the battle over health care.
“I’m stunned,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby founded by sisters. Her group was also cited in the Vatican document, along with the Leadership Conference, for focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage.“I would imagine that it was our health care letter that made them mad,” Sister Campbell said. “We haven’t violated any teaching, we have just been raising questions and interpreting politics.”
I’m sure Jesus would be proud.