Previously on my Thoroughly
Modern Mary (progressive nun parody
blog) I posted
a comment that I found on Dom’s site
by a Sister M. Immaculata Dunn. In my parody alter ego as Sr. Mary Biko, PhD
agreed with it and wished that I had her email address so that I might praise
her thoughts. What follows is her original comment.
Regarding the recent actions of Bishop Michael J. Sheridan
of Colorado Springs,
I have one question that, try as I may, I can’t seem to answer?
Where does the Pope find these guys?
Sheridan’s actions boogle the mind and surely
must test the faith of his 120,000 church members much more than they do
mine, but I have to tell
you, it is getting a little scary out here.
What are we to expect next?
Fingernails being pulled out?
Wholesale burnings at the stake?
I would like to ask Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, one of the
few voices of reason to expound on this subject lately, how Sheridan will be
able to tell the sheep from the goats when they present themselves at the communion
Will they have halos and horns, respectively?
It appears that the bishops’ idea of their June
meeting being one of prayerful reflection and retreat is quickly evaporating.
Must be all that fire and brimstone.
To save themselves from utter perdition, I recommend
that Bishop Wilton Gregory, as president of the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops, issue a gag
order, effective immediately, in the name of the entire membership of the USCCB,
to be binding under pain of mortal sin – dare we mention excommunication –
until the bishops’ meeting is called to order in Denver on June 14.
The comments for this post on my Thoroughly
Modern Mary questioned whether she was a real nun and they had quoted some
articles where letters to the editor under this name were by a real nun or not.
it appears that I received an email from Sister M. Immaculata Dunn who says that
she is a "real nun" (not scare quote, she used them) though the name given is
her real name. She first emailed me as to this fact (thinking she was emailing
then later sent another email with references from newspapers and an article
from a priest backing up her authenticity.
Now I find it really funny and ironic that a nun is trying to
prove her authenticity to my non-existent Sr. Mary Biko. I had even placed
a disclaimer on that blog that it was a parody, because I was getting
too many emails from people who agreed with the parody views I expressed. To
me it is a rather scary thought that people could agree with a parody of progressivism
that should be over the top even for progressives. But to do good parody it
has to be very similar to what you are parodying or it has no use.
Dear Thoroughly Modern Mary,
I just discovered your website. I am the Sister M. Immaculata Dunn, non de
plume or pseudonym if you wish, but a "real nun" nevertheless. I
see you found me on Dom’s site. I do seem to have ruffled some feathers these
last few years. I do try to do all that I can to support victims of clergy
sexual abuse, girls and boys, young women and men, as well as vulnerable adults.
We are talking about using one’s position of trust and authority to sexually
abuse individuals, remember, so that covers a wide area.
I sent a letter to the Dubuque, Iowa Telegraph Herald which was published on
May 8, 2004. I think the Erie Diocese called them to say that I was not a "real
nun." Subsequently Brian Cooper did an Editorial on men: Bogus letter
forces stricter verification policy which was published on June 8, 2004. Then,
my good friend, Fr. Tom Doyle, O.P. wrote to Cooper vouching for me. As far
as I know, it was not published
And here is the letter she said was written by a Fr. Tom Doyle,
Your story about Sister M. Immaculata Dunn was emailed to several people who
are associated with the clergy sex abuse survivor movement, myself included.
I am a Catholic priest and a long time advocate for clergy sex abuse victims.
In fact, I was ordained in Dubuque in 1970.
Sister Immaculata Dunn is a real person and a genuine religious sister. I have
met her and know her. She has used a "pen name" since she began writing
on behalf of clergy sex abuse victims and against various other forms of institution
abuse in the Catholic church solely for reasons of self-protection. She has
never intended to dupe anyone. However as a priest and a religious order member
with vast experience in this field I can assure you that those of us who have
spoken out publicly almost always incur serious retaliation from the institutional
church. Every priest who has taken a public stand, and there are only 6 that
I know of in the entire country, has been retaliated against in some way by
his bishop, myself included.
Most of the email I get for this blog and the various sites that I blog for are positive and many have given me good suggestion for what to parody. Some though are just whacko. For a while I got a spew of emails from someone wanting to inform me of the perils of Opus Dei. Definite tin-foil hat stuff. Some radical traditionalists and Sedevacantist send me stuff complaining about other bloggers thinking that I might agree with their positions. I think that I am even more annoyed by Rad Trads than progressives. They seem to hold to every possible conspiracy theory and constantly whine about the pope and the Church and how Vatican II has destroyed the Church. Hey I love the Latin Mass, but I also love the new order of Mass when it is done reverently. If the Latin Mass was still the norm do they really believe that liturgical progressives would not have experimented with it? So if you fall in these categories and want to inform me via email, don’t waste your time.