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We Are All Nuns

April 30, 2012 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, Daily Email Recap

In what will be a surprise to almost no one, the Vatican is once again busy alienating women of the world; however, no longer content to be ignored by 98% of lay Catholic women, they are now working on becoming irrelevant to nuns as well.

Below is an article written by Nick Kristof of the NY Times, which introduces us to the recent “Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of the Women Religious”, which in a nut-shell accuses some nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.

Another commentary, more biting and less politically correct, also reminds us that:

“And finally, there’s the current “war on women,” with Catholic bishops leading the charge. In the U.S., it is manifest in the skirmishes around reproductive rights. Young and poor women suffer greatly, but all women are implicated in these policy conflicts. Around the world, we find the Vatican successfully making alliances with other religious fundamentalists to prevent UN-based consensus on women’s reproductive health care. Casualties are many among poor and young women, the very ones the nuns would protect. So it is no surprise that the same bellicose ways operate within the kyriarchal church itself.”

You can read that article by following this link:

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/5908/we_are_all_nuns/
The Kristof piece is pasted below.
See: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/kristof-we-are-all-nuns.html?_r=1

We Are All Nuns

CATHOLIC nuns are not the prissy traditionalists of caricature. No, nuns rock!

They were the first feminists, earning Ph.D.’s or working as surgeons long before it was fashionable for women to hold jobs. As managers of hospitals, schools and complex bureaucracies, they were the first female C.E.O.’s.

They are also among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world. In my travels, I’ve seen heroic nuns defy warlords, pimps and bandits. Even as bishops have disgraced the church by covering up the rape of children, nuns have redeemed it with their humble work on behalf of the neediest.

So, Pope Benedict, all I can say is: You are crazy to mess with nuns.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/kristof-we-are-all-nuns.html?_r=1


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