Is the Catholic church a puppet of the
right? Has it been suppressing women and the sexuality of its own
members for over 3,000 years? brought up
these thought-provoking questions in her seminar last night titled,
“Failing America’s Faithful,” sponsored by the Boisi Center for
Religion and American Public Life as a part of their annual Prophetic
Voices of the Church lecture series.
A reader (and blogger) sent me this which is from the BC Heights
which is an
independent student newspaper for Boston College. I guess the
3,000 years could just be a simple typo since I doubt if the author is
intending to see Catholicism as a fulfillment of Judaism – though even
then the number would be off.
The Boisi Center is an organization
supported by Boston College that aims to bring up questions of politics
and religion and create a dialogue in order to help our community move
closer to truth. Although, the Center tries to remain unbiased in its
portrayal, while acknowledging that it does exist within the context of
a Catholic university. Eric Owens, assistant director of the Boisi
Center, said, “Religion is a crucial part of American public life and
needs to be understood in the most rigorous way possible.” Due to this
fact, the Boisi Center works to promote the understanding of religion
and the way it functions in society. The Prophetic Voices of the Church
lecture series is an annual series that focuses on the Catholic church
and where it is moving by bringing in speakers that are knowledgeable
in a certain aspect of the church.
Townsend was the first lay speaker
in the series.
When it comes to progressives I think
you could easily substitute the
word prophetic with pathetic and have it to be more correct.
The Bible doesn’t exactly mince words when it comes to false
prophets and I don’t see exactly why I should either. Calling
people to go along with the culture is anything but prophetic.
Can you see Isiah or Jeremiah calling people to live out the
modern times of their times?
I also wonder calling the Catholic
Church a suppressor of women a
dialogue and a promotion of understanding of religion.
…She said that the Catholic Church
has lost its way in the latter half of the 20th century, following the
“moral majority” mindset and focusing on only three issues.
“The churches have been hijacked by stem cell research, same-sex
marriage, and abortion,” she said. By only focusing on these issues,
Townsend argued that the church has lost sight of the issues on which
it was founded, such as “loving your neighbor, not torturing people,
and not discriminating against women.”
So which is it. Has the Church
been suppressing women for 3,000 years or has she only lost her way in
the last 50 years. The funny thing is that I thought that
protecting the innocent child in the womb and going against
experimentation on human life via embryonic stem-cell research was
“loving your neighbor.” I think that Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend might need to hear Jesus’ parable about who is your neighbor.
I do wonder about her definition of torturing people. I
wonder if it means calling people to live lives of genuine holiness, to be perfect as our Father is perfect?