The Catholic Church is cracking down on uppity nuns who dare to voice an opinion:
For the past three years, Mother Mary Clare Millea has been scouring convents, on the lookout for deviant nuns. The matronly American, who has a doctorate in canon law from Romeâ€™s Pontifical Lateran University, was given this mandate as part of a Vatican-ordered investigation calledÂ Apostolic Visitation. She has had no trouble finding sisters on the edge, but the nunsâ€™ main infractions werenâ€™t sins of the flesh or succumbing to vices. Instead, the offending nuns were simply speaking their minds.
Based onÂ a summary of her findings, which she submitted to Cardinal William Levada, head of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for a final, yet-unpublished, report approved by Pope Benedict XVI, the vast majority of American nuns are pushing â€śradical-feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.â€ť But rather than preaching against church doctrine, the sisters are often just staying silent on the hot-button issues of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and the ordination of women. Their silence is interpreted as endorsement, so by not speaking out against such â€śevils,â€ť the report says the sisters are effectively showing their approval.
One Nun explains why it is they are speaking out:
Many American nuns also live independently and reach high education levelsâ€”all while still serving the church. Rindler says she believes that the hierarchy in Rome is really worried that the American nuns will influence other sisters around the world. â€śThatâ€™s why the men in the Vatican want control, what they see as influence, we see as enlightenment,â€ť she says, adding that some nuns are brainwashed into thinking they are lesser beings than their male counterparts. â€śWhat woman truly believes she is not equal to a man?â€ť
Indeed, in factÂ sometimes women are better, especially as they don’t bugger little boys in the confessional.