Remember a few days back when the Pope told American Nuns that they were doing it wrong? He accused them of being Radical Feminists, and they were wrong to be “…focusing … too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping ‘silent’ on abortion and same-sex marriage.”
(The Holy Pontificator was specifically referring to the mission of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a sort of Nun profession society.)
Well, the LWCR has responded by slapping the Denizen of the Holy See upside the Holy Head, verbally.
Sister Simone Campbell, in an interview with the BBC made clear that the Pope has not spoken to her organization, and that she has no idea what the guy in the pointy hat is talking about. She claims that their role is to “live the gospel with those who live on the margins of society.”
It is conjectured that since the Nuns supported a different approach to American Health care than a bunch of Catholic Bishops did, that this may be payback. Also, Campbell claims that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is a male-only patriarchy, so they don’t know how to deal with “straight forward” smart women.
What this amounts to, ultimately, is the Vatican ignoring feminism (or what it calls “secular feminism”) for too long, and suddenly realizing that a large part of the “good works” done by the Catholic Church’s nuns, on the ground and in the US, are guided by some of those principles, which emerge from direct community engagement and not biblical scripture. Most poor people, repressed people, people living “on the margins of society” are women and their children.
The Nuns understand this. The Vatican, in the mean time, has a different view of women and their role in society.
The Pope was unable to comment on this blog post because was busy getting his feet cleansed by a prostitute.