Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Ratzy vs. the Nuns

So, did you hear the one about the Catholic nun who volunteers as an escort at an abortion clinic?

No, really.
Local pro-life activists say that they recognized the escort at the ACU Health Center as Sr. Donna Quinn, a nun outspokenly in favor of legalized abortion, after seeing her photo in a Chicago Tribune article.


She's in favour of legalized abortion, but why would she act as an escort?
Sr. Patricia Mulcahey, OP, Quinn's Prioress at the Sinsinawa Dominican community, said in an email response to LSN that the nun sees her volunteer activity as "accompanying women who are verbally abused by protestors. Her stance is that if the protestors were not abusive, she would not be there."

So, in the opinion of a Catholic nun, the abortion-clinic stalkers are not the peaceful, prayerful 'witnesses' they claim to be. They're abusers.

Sr. Donna Quinn is a member of the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN), an interesting group, in favour not only of abortion, but of female ordination.

Which brings us to a recent article that Maureen Dowd is taking some crap over. It's called 'The Nuns' Story'.
In 2004, the cardinal who would become Pope Benedict XVI wrote a Vatican document urging women to be submissive partners, resisting any adversarial roles with men and cultivating “feminine values” like “listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.”

Nuns need to be even more sepia-toned for the über-conservative pope, who was christened “God’s Rottweiler” for his enforcement of orthodoxy. Once a conscripted member of the Hitler Youth, Benedict pardoned a schismatic bishop who claimed that there was no Nazi gas chamber. He also argued on a trip to Africa that distributing condoms could make the AIDS crisis worse.

The Vatican is now conducting two inquisitions into the “quality of life” of American nuns, a dwindling group with an average age of about 70, hoping to herd them back into their old-fashioned habits and convents and curb any speck of modernity or independence.

Nuns who took Vatican II as a mandate for reimagining their mission “started to look uppity to an awful lot of bishops and priests and, of course, the Vatican,” said Kenneth Briggs, the author of “Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.”

The church enabled rampant pedophilia, but nuns who live in apartments and do social work with ailing gays? Sacrilegious! The pope can wear Serengeti sunglasses and expensive red loafers, but shorter hems for nuns? Disgraceful!

One of the two Vatican inquisitions investigations is on general 'quality of life' of American nuns and one is specifically on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a benign-looking outfit -- as opposed to those radical feminuns in NCAN -- that claims to represent 95% of American nuns.

Ah, the Mother Church and its psychosis over actual women.


deBeauxOs said...

That was great, fern hill. You can work my corner anytime.

I expect we'll soon be hearing shrieeeking from Blob Blogging Wingnut and Mr 'Vatican Taliban' SoWrongOrNutz about the evul feminist nuns.

Bina said...

I'm just reading Sister Dianna Ortiz's memoir about her ordeal in Guatemala right now. Among the tortures she experienced at the hands of the Guatemalan military (under US puppet control, of course), rape was a favored one. She had an abortion as a result. I wonder if any of our pet wingnuts plan on shriiiiieeeking over that one, or if some sense of common decency will win out over the customary impulse to shriiiiieeeek.

The Sibyl said...

Too cliché for words!

Typical feminist rubbish and bias. All I can say is c'mon girls shake off the 60's attidude, the experiment failed!

Face facts!

What was was your old catch cry that I heard when I was a youth..."

"Get with the times" that was it!

Is it so hard to cop the medicine you where dishing out for so long?

These impositions were sick making at the time - And so they remain.

Leaving is what most normal people would have done but I suppose comfort in old age is always too hard to leave.

deBeauxOs said...

Oh look, fern hill. It appears that an Ozzie fundamentalist Catholic dinosaur has deigned to leave a comment on our blog.

Kinda grumpy and hateful, isn't she? In her blogs she seems unable to distinguish between its and it's, as she uses those homonyms incorrectly.

Was she schooled by the Holy Family Catholic Church congregation, a branch of which Mel Gibson has glorified in Malibu, I wonder?

fern hill said...

Oooh. Sybil, eh? Kinda pagan for a Christofascist, innit?

And hateful? That's a given.

Hey, Sybil, watcha think of the Irish Catlick's Church admissions today? One priest admits to fucking at least 100 children.

Bina said...

If the "experiment failed", then why is it still going on, and still outpacing the wingnuts' attempts to drive women back to the kitchen? Inquiring minds, and all that.

I note, in passing, that the church is hemorrhaging parishioners, just as it's decided to go back to repressive "basics" and scrap all that commie-pinko Vatican II "rubbish". Funny dat.

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