Tuesday, 21 December 2010

And you thought I was forthright on the problems of religious life....

Damian Thompson highlights a video from Real Catholic TV, and I feel the need to share....



Mr Thompson gives the item the heading "Lesbian-hugging Marxist nuns have reduced US parishes to nuclear wasteland, Catholic pundit tentatively suggests".  It is a forthright rant (and I use the word advisedly) on the Vatican's tentative outreach at the US nuns and 'understand their anger'.

Mr Thompson states that he is posting the video "only to show what can happen when conservative Catholic commentators lose their sense of charity. Yes indeedy."

Ditto.

However, unlike, I suspect, Mr Thompson (and certainly unlike Michael Voris), while I understand the reaction, I do think it is unfair.  The reality is that the sisters concerned were, in many cases, bullied and  brainwashed into the directions they went in.  If you don't believe me, read this confession by the psychologist who destroyed an entire religious order.  And he certainly wasn't Robinson Crusoe.

Could they have put up more resistance?  Perhaps.  But the number who successfully did is staggeringly tiny: far greater are the number of monasteries that realised a decade or so later - like Mother Angelica's nuns - that they were heading in the wrong direction, and made changes then. 

Is it too late to repent of what has been done and their role in it, and change things? No.

So do pray for all religious as Mr Voris recommends....

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