On-again, Off-again Catholic Leadership

Just when you thought the Catholic Church might score a few points for themselves to rise above their miserable handling of sexually abusive priests they go and fumble the ball and show just how distanced they are from those they are supposed to serve.

 

Some of us stood up and took notice recently when some Catholic religious leaders  scolded the GOP’s budget that attacked programs benefitting the poor and disenfranchised.

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his latest “Path to Prosperity” budget last month, it was immediately admonished as an “immoral disaster” that “robs the poor” by Catholic religious leaders.   SOURCE

 

Being raised in the Catholic Church, this is what I expect of Christians.  It is one of the core values of the faith that works to remove the suffering of those in society who are in need of basic essentials to sustain life

He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done – Proverbs 19:17

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40

 

Though no longer a member of the Catholic faith (or any organized religion for that matter), I couldn’t help but feel a little pride to hear that there were still those within the faith willing to publicly defend what I have always found to be the most appealing aspect of Christianity.

But they couldn’t leave well enough alone.  Their self-absorbed dogmatic selves had to once again show how dysfunctional the church leadership is.

The Vatican is accusing the largest organization of catholic nuns in America of falling out of line with church teachings — while promoting “radical feminist themes”.

The reprimand was aimed at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group that represents most of America’s 57,000 catholic sisters. The Vatican praised the nuns for “promoting social justice” but slams them for protesting church doctrine – on women’s ordination and homosexuals. The Vatican also complains the nuns have been “silent” on issues like the right to life and abortion.   SOURCE 

 

What goes on in the minds of some of those in leadership positions within the Church?  For years they cover up the sexual abuses between priests and young boys and try to down play it when it finally becomes public but without any public outcry on how nuns are dealing with some social issues the Church brings umbrage to the fact that many of their nuns aren’t demonizing gays and young girls enough who find themselves faced with an unwanted pregnancy

“As public representatives by their very existence they have an obligation to reflect fundamental church teaching on matters,” said Father Robert Kaslyn of Catholic University.

Yes, we’re all familiar with that part of the new testament that has Jesus condemning social outcasts and deviants, even standing in to be the first to cast a stone at the sinful harlot brought to him by the morally upright crowd who found her simply trying to survive as a single woman in a patriarchal society

So, they expect obeisance on something that challenges the teachings of Jesus but say nothing of priests who rob young children of their innocence as long as they don’t rock their doctrinal boat?

Oy vey!

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4 responses to “On-again, Off-again Catholic Leadership

  1. I think it’s time for the nuns to revolt! I went to an all girl prep outside NYC and that community wore buttons: Trust in God for she will provide and we were all alter servers well before it was allowed. I’m sure those nuns are not that progressive anymore since John Paul II came in. He might have been a nice guy, but he turned back progressive attitudes in the church about 50 years. It’s time for the Pope to serve the people of his flock – not the other way around. I am also a recovering catholic and I am a little disappointed in women who still support this institution. I know they say I don’t follow everything they teach, but if you keep writing checks to the church, you will keep these attitudes in place. It’s funny, even Mother Teresa doubted the existence of God and she was often stymied in her work by priests and bishops, but she had the guts to realize what her mission was and tell them basically to go to hell – in a very nice way. LOL

    • “It’s funny, even Mother Teresa doubted the existence of God and she was often stymied in her work by priests and bishops, but she had the guts to realize what her mission was and tell them basically to go to hell – in a very nice way. LOL”

      Yes. It seems when you really are engaged in following Christ’s example rather than paying obeisance to church doctrine, you have the courage to defy even the Pope.

  2. Good post, Larry! It is time for the church, all churches, to get the Hell out of politics. I have never been a fan of the church……and I agree that priests need to just need to do their job….

    • The only time the Church wasn’t involved in politics was the 200 years they suffered at the hands of the Roman empire. Once Constantine made them the official state religion in the 4th century they became like those whose hands they had suffered under previously.

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