Gerald posts on the Catholic Theological Society of America honoring Sister Sandra Schneiders. His post is in depth with lots of background. As you would expect with the CTSA the Sister is the typical radical feminist with the normal laundry list of where the Church must change to match society. The typical talk about the"institutional church." You know like when Jesus told Peter on this rock I will build my "institutional church." Or Matthew 18 when we are told when all efforts fail to take it to the "institutional church." How exactly did the word institution become ominous a kind of progressive four letter word? Or is it just the aspect of institutions that are related to authority? Since she wants to get rid of the Pope and the bishops this could be it. People against any kind of authority truly just want to replace some form of authority with their own. To quote G.K. Chesterton "In truth there are only two kinds of people, those who accept dogmas and know it and those who accept dogmas and don’t know it."
For my own part I rejoice that Holy Mother Church is an institution. It would be pretty hard when attempts at rebuking your brother fail to take the matter to some amorphous body of all believers. If you think you have problems with the Curia as a bureaucracy, try getting something done with a whole body of believers. Speaking of Holy Mother Church have you ever heard that term used by these feminists in theologians clothing. The divine feminine is applied to everything, but the Church. Mother is applied willy-nilly to God, but not to the Church. As Cyprian put it, "He who does not have the Church as Mother cannot have God as Father." Though I guess they are not really thrilled with the language of the second part of the equation anyway.
The article Gerald points to compares the Sister to Saint Catherine of Siena. The only real comparison that I can come with is that they are both women and they both don’t have their heads firmly attached.
As to this honor Kevin Miller puts it very charitably:
It certainly isn’t impossible to find, among well-known (nominally) Catholic theologians whose scholarly output is fairly prolific, someone whose work has been less intellectually, morally, and religiously serious, someone less deserving of such a high honor. It takes a bit of work, though.
…What, exactly, is Catholic about the CTSA, except for the fact that a few of the regulars happen to be Catholic?
Sister Sandra Schneiders has also been a speaker at Call to Action. CTA recently has given its leadership award to Cindy Sheehan. Now I can understand why they might be attracted to her. Her idea of a fast is appealing. Recently she went on a one day fast that included Jamba Juice and Vanilla ice cream. Obviously choosing Vanilla over other flavors is quite penitential. Though you would think that after Mel Gibson’s unfortunate remarks that they might not want to back Cindy Sheehan who has talked of Jewish cabals and dark conspiracies theories and is closely associated with groups that call for the elimination of Israel. Unlike Mel she hasn’t blamed all war on the Jewish people, but definitely blames the Iraqi war on them, "My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel".