When I read the story Thursday about how the Vatican plans to rein in its more uppity nuns, I wondered what my friend – a former priest at a Tacoma parish – thought about it. Here’s his take:
It is amusing that a group of conservative men have been appointed to change the bylaws of a group of women concerning matters that generally deal with sexual orientation.
Granted, a group of nuns may not know as much about sex as the standard adult Catholic female population, but they still probably know a hell of a lot more than the “Congregation for The Doctrine of the Faith,” probably more than the three bishops who were appointed to the panel, and could probably well instruct both groups about the direction for real Catholic social teaching.
What is sad is that under Benedict, the church is being yanked forcibly back into pre-Vatican II theology. So much for a quarter century of progress.