An article with the laughable name “Return of the Rottweiler: Pope Benedict Cracks Down on Women’s Rights” has the typical verbiage about the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning the LCWR. Interesting that women’s rights now include to be a dissenting nun/sister as if error has rights. Another example of rights without corresponding responsibilities.
The article contains the typical boilerplate.
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith use to be called the Inquisition – Check.
- LCWR does nothing but good works and the Vatican is just being mean for no good reason – Check.
- Lively debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States – Check.
- “Conservative” bishops on the attack – Check.
- Priest-pedophilia scandal mentioned for no discernible reason – Check.
- The Pope was once a Hitler Youth – What they forgot that one? They are slipping.
The language of the article is as funny as the title.
- “God’s Rottweiler”—has made a startling comeback. And he’s taking a bite out of a major organization of American Catholic women.”
- “eliminating those that offend Catholic doctrine, and chivvying these incorrigible liberals back onto the straight and narrow.”
- “But the tone of purring approval is quickly replaced by the flashing of naked claws, as the Vatican takes a swipe at the organization’s attitude …”
But there is some positive balance in the article “So far Pope Benedict has not been as ferocious a pope as many liberal Catholics feared.” Well balance meaning one sentence not being totally condemning.
Oh and one more “Check” the tag of devout used to refer to a Catholic whose devoutness does not included fidelity to the faith.
One devout woman expressed her reaction in the form of a prayer: “Please give me bigger blindfolds and larger earplugs or tell me how to belong to a group that constantly tries to discourage my participation.”
What no prayer for the conversion of the eviiilllll all-male hierarchy? Though it is hard to imagine even bigger blindfolds and earplugs when it comes to dissenting Catholics. Seems they already have that covered. But as far as participations goes, the opposite is true. The Church always wants fuller participation in the faith and the removals and anything that blocks that. Full engagement requires apprehension of the truth.
While most of the coverage is pretty awful, surprisingly NPR ran a fairly decent piece. A The Anchoress wrote:
…a three-way interview on the LCWR story with Journalist John Allen, Christendom College’s Donna Bethell and Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK. All three are considerably more thoughtful and balanced on the issue than some print-media reports and Catholic analysts would suggest.