Some views on the LCWR sisters and their allies June 12, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, priests, religious, sadness, scandals, sickness.
The LCWR imbroglio continues to descend to lower and lower levels of hubris and heated rhetoric. For a quick reminder, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has determined that the many religious orders that belong to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have strayed very far from Catholic orthodoxy. As such, an apostolic delegate in the form of Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain, is to be appointed to implement some kind of doctrinal oversight, potentially even instilling some forms of discipline. There are many Catholics who are glad to see this, as the radical feminist ideology and public, vociferous apostasy of many in LCWR – especially among the “leadership” of that group – has caused grave scandal and probably led many souls very far astray from the Faith, placing the state of their souls in jeopardy.
Sadly, we’ve been through this exercise before. Several times in the past 40 years, the radical sisters of the LCWR have been threatened with discipline of some form, and every time they have used their allies in the media and in the Church to stave off any such efforts. We’re going through the same thing now, with the sisters now claiming to be sweet, innocent nuns, who just want to help poor people and “serve Christ,” and why is the Vatican picking on them? You can see some coverage of this media blitz by the sisters here.
As I said, they have allies in the Church. One such ally, a priest by the name of Fr. Doug Koesel of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Cleveland, OH. Last week, Fr. Koesel had what could be described as a raging nutty over the horrible, evil Vatican “persecuting” these innocent, sweet “nuns.” All the usual shibboleths and shroud waving were present. The conclusion was incredible (I add emphasis and comments):
Religious women in the US refuse to be controlled by abusive authority that seeks to control out of fear.[Think about what this priest - PRIEST - who made holy vows of obedience to his bishop and the Magisterium at large, including the Holy Father, is saying. He's saying the Vatican is evil, an abusive authority that controls through fear. Nothing about love, or difference of opinion, even - simply that they are totally, 100% wrong and driven by the most base of motivations] They realize that Jesus taught no doctrines, but that the church, over time, developed what Jesus taught in a systematic way. Nuns have always tried to work within the system. [Really? No doctrines? Nothing about "if you look on a woman with lust in your heart, you have committed adultery?" Nothing about "if you love Me, you will keep My commandments?" This priest has created a caricature of Jesus in his own image and likeness]
This time their prophetic voices may take them out of the system. [Is this a threat? I note that this tantrum was published by the Distorter] They may take a lot of Catholics and a lot of their hospitals, schools, colleges, orphanages, prison ministries, convents, women’s shelters, food pantries and, of course, the good will they have earned over the centuries with them. [Soooo.....it is a threat. How beneath the dignity of a priest. And how wrong - if they do take anyone, it is a tragedy, but the Church will soldier on without them, as She always has]
This investigation is not about wayward US nuns. It is the last gasp for control by a dying breed, wrapped in its own self-importance. [Fr. Koesel is about 70. I can't imagine this total lack of self-awareness. Talk about irony. It's also completely counter to the trends in the Church, where youth is very strongly attracted to orthodoxy, and not the fading dreams of the 60s revolutionaries] It is a struggle for the very nature of the church; who we are, how we pray, where we live, who belongs, why we believe. The early church endured a similar struggle. The old order died. The Holy Spirit won. Happy Pentecost Sunday. [Once again, the Vatican and those who accept the Dogmas of the Faith are old, pharisaical, cruel, power hungry, vindictive. I think good Fr. needs a long look in the mirror.]
I contacted Fr. Koesel. I thanked him for his years of service. I then tried, with charity but at times with philosophical force, to make him see the disaster he, and his kind, have visited on the Church. I noted the fact that his parish does not have Confession at any time. I asked him to consider repentance. I literally begged him to reconsider his complete antipathy towards the Holy Father and the Authority he has been given by Christ over the Church.
I did not receive a positive reply. In fact, I cannot print the reply, as it was so lewd and beneath the dignity of a priest that I was shocked. I have had disagreements with priests before. I have exchanged sharp words, even. But I’ve never seen anything like this sent by a priest to anyone – it was foul and disgusting, and, I’m afraid, terribly revealing of the state of Fr. Koesel’s soul.
It was sort of a depressing exercise. But today, there was a ray of light. A brilliant, sharp ray, in the form of a sermon given by one of the young, recently ordained priests of this Diocese. Apparently, one of the LCWR leaders was on the Stephen Colbert show last night. She was actually part of NETWORK, the rather far left social justice lobby associated with the LCWR, which, during the debates surrounding Obamacare and in defiance of the bishops of this country, gave critical cover to self-proclaimed pro-life democrats to vote in favor of Obamacare. This was in opposition to the bishop’s collective guidance, informing these democrats not to vote in favor of the bill. Thus, the “alternative magisterium.”
The priest related his great dismay over the words of this sister. He related the terrible scandal such women had caused in the Church. He reminded the people assisting at Mass of the warning Christ gave to those who caused such terrible scandal. He also mentioned Sr. Margaret Farley’s apostate book which has been
condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for its support of so-called gay marriage, masturbation, sex outside marriage, women pretending to be priests, and numerous other problems. The priest seemed genuinely concerned and upset about the souls being led astray by these sisters infested with radical feminist and leftist/modernist beliefs. Beliefs which trump whatever faith they had in Christ and His Church. He reminded that all of these women took oaths of obedience to the Church, and now they treat the Magisterium as the enemy, as Fr. Koesel does.
The young priest correctly diagnosed the source of this widespread error – pride. It’s the same pride that rang through Fr. Koesel’s words above.
This young priest was more charitable than I have been. He felt that the LCWR, Farley, etc., are not acting maliciously, they’re just very confused. I wish I could believe as this priest does. But so
much evidence shows that they are acting maliciously, and in their rage at the male authority over them (and, in reality, their desperate craving for its approval, just like dad), they are doing all they can to present themselves as an alternative magisterium. And, I fear, Fr. Koesel is right – that if discipline is finally enforced, even mildly – it will be taken as the excuse to finally and formally bolt.
As terrible a tragedy as that may be, I have to say, if these heretical sisters and their allies cannot accept the Faith as it has been revealed through the Church, it is better for the Church and the many faithful souls if they do leave. Not for them, for they shall not be saved outside the Church they specifically reject. But this is a bed of their own making. They have been dialogued, cajoled, even begged to be faithful, but this lost generation will not overcome its pride. I don’t think there are human means for such a change to occur – it will take an act of Grace.
I will pray.
Oh, a final note about the LCWR. The keynote speaker at their upcoming annual conference is Barbara Marx Hubbard, a truly nutty new age and far left peace activist. She has made numerous statements against the Church in the past. She advocates a “post-Christian” belief system and rejects the idea of Christ, even God, and is totally immanentist – that is, she believes that we are all “gods,” or that our “perfect inner self,” that paragon of new age ideas, is a “god.” Tragically, many in LCWR, especially among its radical leadership, share these beliefs.
They’ll never change. Perhaps suppression of some of the worst of these orders is the only solution.