Fr. McBrien in The Tidings:
Religious communities of women have been responsible for many of the good things that the Catholic Church in the United States has achieved, both before and after the Second Vatican Council.
It is all the more distressing, therefore, that two Vatican agencies — the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) — have targeted these communities and their principal leadership organization for a “visitation” and “doctrinal assessment” respectively.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the “visitation” is the requirement that each of the visitors will be required to make a public profession of faith and an oath of fidelity to the Apostolic See.
This requirement will discourage a number of potential visitors from volunteering their services in this study, and thereby skew the visitation teams in a particular ideological direction.
Matthew at Creative Minority Report responds:
Did you get that? An oath of fidelity to the Apostolic See skews you in a particular ideological direction, ie conservative.
Fr. McBrien, it’s called being faithful. It’s not ideological.
But using logic would lead one to an inescapable conclusion. If being a conservative Catholic is defined as being faithful to the Apostolic See, then how must a liberal Catholic be defined?
Tsk Tsk Fr. McBrien. The first rule of Heresy club is you don’t talk about Heresy club. And you never ever say what you really mean.
Yes having an religious order actually taking an oath to the Apostolic See is too much. What to they think they are authentically Catholic or something? Actually the whole refusal of taking the oath of fidelity seems a hard one to understand. I remember when Bishop Baker when he was installed as Bishop had everybody working for the Diocese take it and there was some anger about this. Seems a good idea to me for a new Bishop to find the tares among the wheat. Every time I started a new enlistment in the Navy I had to take an oath. An oath is a serious thing and their is a good reason for the military to have one. The same goes for religious orders which comes under the control of the Holy See. I appreciate the honesty of those who refuse such an oath, but those that do should not be in a Catholic religious order.