Friday, 17 April 2009
The counter reformation continues: nun investigation
You might recall that a few months ago, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life launched an Apostolic Visitation of active women's orders in the United States. Now the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith has joined the party, launching a doctrinal investigation into the ultra-left US Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
According to the letter printed in the National Catholic Reporter, there are three particular areas of concern: the 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis (ie women cannot be priests), the 2000 declaration Dominus Jesus from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (on the nature of the Church and the need to belong to it), and “the problem of homosexuality.”
If you want to get a flavour of just how way out this group is, go over to Fr Philip's blog and take a look at a keynote address to them by Sr Laurie Brink, urging a 'hermeneutical lens of suspicion...when reading the androcentric Scriptures and the texts of the Tradition'.
Hmm, given the popularity of US dissenters on these subjects such as Sr Joan Chittister on the part of some of our local nuns, perhaps the CDF might care to extend its investigation a little further... But in any case, the flow through effect is surely something we can hope for. Eventually.
In the meantime, we should surely pray that those holding to error return to the truth. And for the Pope as he continues his efforts to restore the Church.