Thanks to Some Catholic Bishops!

November 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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You may have already seen the statement from the Roman Catholic bishops of California in support of Catholic sisters; I have been running around lately–to the American Academy of Religion in Montreal, to Philadelphia to meet with the Women’s Ordination Conference group there–and so had overlooked it.

It’s encouraging to learn that there are at least some issues on which some American Catholic bishops are not gutless wonders (the lifting of the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying  bishop not  being one of these issues.) The bishop here in Brooklyn has likewise refused to help fund the investigation, though the cynic in me wonders if this is as much about the economic downturn as it is about SOS (Support our Sisters!)

It occurs to me that the letter of support from the California bishops may be a sign not only that they are not gutless, but also that they are not entirely oblivious regarding public relations. When the news first came out about the “visitation” of the communities and the investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, I commented to my long-suffering Baptist minister husband: it’s hard to imagine an activity more (un)calculated to get the public  incensed than beating up on a bunch of (increasingly) elderly women who helped literally millions of us to learn to read and write and pray.


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