If anyone questions the necessity of the Vatican's intervention with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, let this interview enlighten you. Sr Brigid McDonald of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet exemplifies and personifies the errors that the Vatican hopes to correct if religious life among women is to survive.
It's obvious that the reporter is entirely sympathetic to Sister's errors, given her repetition of them. Of the Holy Father she says, "I think they are overstepping their jurisdiction to expect that nuns are going to think as they tell us to think. To me those issues are not spiritual issues; many of them are political issues and some, of course, are social justice issues. I think that our personal spiritual life, it is another matter and that is our private belief." No, Sister, it is not just your "private belief". The Magisterium defines what constitutes the faith and morals of the Catholic Church; it is their jurisdiction, not yours. If you care to believe at variance with the Magisterium, understand that those beliefs are not Catholic.
I could go on and on, line by line, and pick out errors galore from this, but I don't want to take too much time. One, however, does stand out and I must quote that word for word, lest you (understandably) not believe it. Sister says,"Because [before] we were just school teachers and we just had nice little kids in front of us, you know, and we just emptied bed pans in the nursing homes and in the hospitals. But now they are right, we are out there in the different movements. We help with the Occupy movement and the right-to-choice movements. It is giving us more credibility in the public..." Regrettably, when she says "help with the right-to-choice movement, I suspect she doesn't mean telling pro-aborts that they are engaging in mortal sin. She's saying that she and her fellow renegades are also facilitating in the mortal sin of murdering babies. Of course that means that she and her fellow faux-sisters are committing mortal sin to the damnation of their immortal souls!
The reporter mentions Sister's age as nearing 80 years and is "not about to stop calling things as she sees them". Well yes, she is getting up there - with her day of death drawing near. Perhaps, while she still has some time left, she might consider the Last Four Things: death, judgment, heaven and hell. The first two we will all experience; the next two are mutually exclusive alternatives and right now it appears that Sister Brigid is careening in the wrong direction. How many souls has she sent down that primrose path by her rebellion against Jesus Christ and His Church?
This bunch running the LCWR has set itself as its own faux-magisterium, as it were. I for one think the call for reform by the Vatican is long overdue. Let the purging begin!!
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