Edwina Gateley, a Catholic laywoman and author of 10 books, got cold feet and opted out of her speaking engagement, when informed her seminar would be taped in order to review content during a retreat at a Franciscan Renewal Center. She stood to lose $4,000 from the canceled engagement, but two unidentified women who thought it best to remain anonymous covered the costs to speak at a series of alternative events during the same time frame. Since her feminist theology of a feminine god is well known, I have my suspicions about the organizers of the event and the 20 nuns who signed up to hear her.
Gateley insists that her refusal of being recorded is due to the producers of her copy written material forbidding outside tapings of her talks, but is more likely the manifestation of her fundamental rejection of authority along with the fear and insecurity that comes from being denied the total control to which she is accustomed.
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I guess she didn’t want to see her "retreat" turned into a DVD called "Catholic Feminists gone theologically wild." This though is a great idea if a diocese would tape all retreats for review. For one having a video of good retreats could be very useful. The other reason of course is that like in this case many would be hesitant to have what they say taped. Often they will have the name of their speeches shrouded in terms that make it just possible that they might be orthodox for plausible deniability sake.
This is of course also the reason that when a couple years back EWTN went down with a film crew to Cardinal Mahony’s Religious Education Congress that they were not allowed to film any of the speeches.