Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quote of the Day

. . . What is in essence a power struggle between the nuns and the church’s hierarchy had been building for decades, church scholars say. At issue are questions of obedience and autonomy, what it means to be a faithful Catholic and different understandings of the Second Vatican Council.

Sister Pat Farrell, the president of the Leadership Conference, said in an interview that the Vatican seems to regard questioning as defiance, while the sisters see it as a form of faithfulness.

“We have a differing perspective on obedience,” Sister Farrell said. “Our understanding is that we need to continue to respond to the signs of the times, and the new questions and issues that arise in the complexities of modern life are not something we see as a threat.”

These same conflicts are gripping the Catholic Church at large. Nearly 50 years after the start of Vatican II, which was intended to open the church to the modern world and respond to the “signs of the times,” the church is gravely polarized between a progressive wing still eager for change and reform and a traditionalist flank focused on returning to what it sees as doctrinal fundamentals.

The sisters have been caught in the riptide. . . .

– Laurie Goodstein
"U.S. Nuns Weigh How to Respond to Vatican’s Scathing Rebuke"
The New York Times
July 28, 2012

See also the previous PCV posts:
Redefining Radical: Catholic Nuns Vs. the Vatican
An Open Letter from CCCR to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
What the Nuns' Story is Really About

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