For a group of men who wear dresses and never marry, the Vatican’s got some serious women problems: A report issued Wednesday by the Vatican-assigned Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith claimed the 57,000-member Leadership Conference of Women Religious was challenging church teachings on the priesthood and homosexuality, and was promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”
The Congregation has been charged with overhauling the Conference’s mission, revising its handbook and even approving public speakers.
Sister Simone Campbell, whose Catholic social-justice group, NETWORK, was also cited in Wednesday’s statement, said she was “stunned” by the indictment. “We haven’t violated any teaching—we have just been raising questions and interpreting politics.” The Congregation reprimanded both groups for focusing too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping “silent” on same-sex marriage, euthanasia and abortion.
Yeah, stop tending to the needy so much—it’s an election year!
Wednesday’s release “paints a scathing portrait” of the Leadership Conference as a group flouting Catholic doctrine, reports The New York Times:
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Leadership Conference had submitted letters that suggest that sisters in leadership teams “collectively take a position not in agreement with the church’s teaching on human sexuality.”
In programs and presentations, investigators noted “a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”
“Some commentaries on ‘patriarchy’ distort the way in which Jesus has structured sacramental life in the church,” the authors of the report wrote.
Right, because Jesus was all about ensuring the Establishment was happy and keeping women in their place.
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