Monday, June 4, 2012
Sexual Ethics - Vatican Inquisition Continues to Persecute Nuns
Benedict the Rottweiler and his Inquisitors are out for Nuns' blood. They have recently sent a "Notification" to Sister Margaret Farley, a Sister of Mercy, and Professor at Yale Divinity School who has achieved numerous scholarly accolades during her career - and chastised her for not strictly adhering to Catholic teaching about sexual matters, as they define it. She wrote a theological, scholarly book on sexual ethics in which she expresses enlightened views on masturbation, homosexuality, same sex marriage and divorce and remarriage. Naturally, the Vatican "thought police" didn't like it and came down hard.
You can read the article here.
I am not going to offer my thoughts on the merits of the book, the sister who wrote it or the Vatican. You can guess.
What intrigues me is, Why is the Vatican going after the nuns so viciously? The book in question was written in 2006. Why now? I think the Vatican and much of the church hierarchy are running scared. They are losing credibility at every turn and losing their ability to influence the course of world events. And, along with their loss of Power, they are losing Money. They've been paying out hush money to victims of their abuses, settling humongous law suits, paying lawyers, paying to influence elections and referendums, and having banking problems and embarrassing leaks to boot.
The various orders of women religious have, under their stewardship, vast amounts of real estate: convents, novitiates, retreat facilities, schools, colleges, hospitals, homeless shelters and other places where services are provided. The Vatican has no control over these properties. But if the inquisition can force the women religious to renounce their canonical orders by putting them between a rock and a hard place (choosing between conscience and virtual silence), it is possible that the hierarchy can then confiscate all real property that the religious orders now control. This could mean the Vatican and the Bishops could sell off some prime real estate to the highest bidder. And some real cash would be returned to the dwindling coffers.
In this day and age, it seems everything is about MONEY and the bottom line. Why should the Catholic Church hierarchy be any different? Yes, maybe they always have been, but now it is becoming so much more blatant.
Now, I believe they are poised to rob nuns.
Can you say cannibalistic?