26 February 2009

Rosemary's Baby-- or, Just What is the "Church St. Stan's Wants"?

The heterodox hijackers of the original St. Stanislaus schism continue to marshal their forces. In March, many Catholic parishes are scheduling retreats to assist the faithful in preparing their souls for the joys of Easter through fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The St. Stan's gang, on the other hand, will be hosting a radical eco-feminist to give a lecture on male-dominated hierarchical structures, dialogue, empowerment of the proletariat, or some such subject.

The event for March 23: "What is the Church We Want", a presentation by Rosemary Radford Ruether.

Who is Rosemary Radford Ruether? Let's start with her entry in Wikipedia:

She currently is Visiting Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University.

...Ruether is the author of many books on feminism, the Bible and Christianity, including Sexism and God-Talk, In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writing (ed. with Rosemary Skinner Keller), and The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

She has for thirty years been considered a pioneer in the area of feminist theology in North America, with a particular focus in modern feminist theology and liberation theology, especially in Palestine and Latin America. She has also been an outspoken critic of war since the Vietnam era and continues this work today.

The Catholic University of San Diego Department of Theology and Religious Studies published its choice to elect Professor Rosemary Radford Ruether, to the Monsignor John R. Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Theology for the 2009-2010 academic year, circa April 2008. ...This decision was subsequently rescinded in July 2008 when some members of the campus community protested that her academic work was incompatible with the Catholic faith.

Ruether describes herself as an "eco-feminist" and refers to God as the feminine "Gaia" (however, she noted in July 2008 that a critic "accused me of teaching that ‘God is Gaia,’ a view which I do not take"). Ruether is an advocate of women's ordination. She has questioned the legitimacy of Pope Benedict XVI's accession to the Holy See. Since 1985 Ruether has served as a board member for the pro-abortion rights group "Catholics for Choice" (CFC).

In 2005 Ruether explained to an audience at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles her view that "Christianity is riddled by hierarchy and patriarchy" that created a social order in which chaste women on their wedding night "were, in effect, raped by young husbands whose previous sexual experience came from exploitative relationships with servant women and prostitutes."

She is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement.
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OK, that's wikipedia. What about her own words? Here some excerpts from her article, Asking the Existential Questions. And, lest I be accused of taking her words out of context, please, if you can, read the whole article at the link.

...But I am always aware that I reappropriate Christianity from a markedly different basis than do traditional Christians. I reject absolutist views of biblical religion, while at the same time finding biblical religion in its Christian form the most viable language for me to express the dialectics of human existence in relation to God. I believe that. God has truly spoken through Christianity. But God is not a "Christian" and does not prefer Christians (or Jews) to the rest of humanity...

...The renewal of Catholicism [she refers to Vatican II] meant that a whole host of teachings became open questions for at least a significant sector of Catholic Christians. These ranged from current pastoral conflicts over birth control to the basic questions of how we could speak of Jesus as the Christ. My thinking could be translated into a series of writings that were part of a community engaged in revising its identity...

...I would define Catholic Christianity as this whole ecumenical plurality. All particular churches exist within it as broken and partial sects. Even that communion which calls itself Catholic is also a partial and distorted reality...

...The prophetic ministry can be carried out authentically only within one’s own community. It is only when we struggle with and for what we love that we speak responsibly. The more distant one’s ties, the less one has a common base for critical conflict...

...I have gradually developed a methodology of analysis which I share with a community of thinkers who would identify themselves as both Christians and socialists. This means that, even when speaking of a particular issue, such as sexism, I am concerned to situate this issue in its interconnections with class, race and economic structures...
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This is the latest faith partner of the Bozek. This is the Marxist-style leadership voice of the crowd that truly runs St. Stan's formerly Catholic church these days.

Can you imagine your average Polish family at St. Stan's in 2004, upset by their perception of financial and control issues vis-a-vis the Archdiocese, hopping up on a table during post-Mass coffee and donuts and shouting, "I reappropriate Christianity from a markedly different basis than do traditional Christians! I reject absolutist views of biblical religion, while at the same time finding biblical religion in its Christian form the most viable language for me to express the dialectics of human existence in relation to God! Let's bolt from these authoritarian hierarchical male-dominated structures!"

I think not.

Winding up this little reflection, I sadly must stress again that this is what happens when you cut yourself off from the vine. It started out as a dispute about parish administration, and there were good-faith disagreements with the Archdiocese. Now we have an excommunicated Board, an excommunicated, heterodox, schismatic and soon-to-be-defrocked usurper pastor, a group of power grabbers who hate the natural law, and an emerging link to a Moonie-sponsored sect.

Will the real parishioners of that place ever do what it takes to end this madness?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, at least she's right about 9-11.

YoungCatholicSTL said...

Timman -

Pretty much unrelated, but I didn't feel like pulling up the email, and I assume you and your readers will be interested. St. Dominic Savio Parish in Affton is hosting a series of lectures, etc. during Lent. One of their speakers will be Sister Rosalind Moss on March 11 at 7p.m. More details are available on page 11 of the bulletin: http://www.psichurch.com/bulletins/348.pdf

Br. Andrew M. McAlpin, O.P. said...

When you leave the embrace of Holy Mother Church, it is a gamble as to where you will end up. It is a shame that so many end up in pro-abortion, conspiracy theory nutiness.

Her statement of rejection of absolute biblical religion sets the stage that everyone who disagrees with her is a norrow-minded absolutist. It is a straw-man argument and she controls the rules. Life is not that easy though, and this is just another example personal infallability run amuck.

Lucifer said it best: "I will not serve."

Anonymous said...

Is this for real?

Whats the difference between them (St. Stans) and the millions of other protestants?

I don't mean to sound harsh but who cares what they do?

You would think the "Poles" would try and get their church building back from these anti-Catholic people.

This place is out of controll. Very normal to those who leave the grace of the Chruch.

Anonymous said...

Just for the sake of clarification, Sister Rosalind Moss isn't a Sister. She's taken no vows.

StGuyFawkes said...

The presence of Catholic Action Network and Rosemary Ruether at St. Stan's makes clear sense of why Fr. Bozek feels he can align with Milingo or Zimmerman.

Nota Bene: Ruether writes,

"...I would define Catholic Christianity as this whole ecumenical plurality. All particular churches exist within it as broken and partial sects. Even that communion which calls itself Catholic is also a partial and distorted reality...

If what Ruether says is true, and the Roman Catholic Church is on equal footing with every splintered sect in Zimmer-Milingo-Bozek-land then it doesn't matter where Marek derives his Apostolic Succession. Zimmerman, Milingo or the current Pope are all options.

Ruether may be the theological and ideological window into Marek's mind.

We may not just be just watching a nutty priest. There is in fact a theology of fractured Catholic pluralism which redefines Bozek's schism as just another refraction of a bigger light.

In Ruether and Bozek the Church becomes a kaleidescope of little glass chips, replacing the harmony of a stained glassed window.

And to top it off, Bozek's new religion has an professorial think tank (and a newspaper -- NCR) to back up his nuttiness.

The crisis may be even deeper than any of us thought.

In his exit interview to the National Catholic Reporter, Sean Collins reflected that the St. Cronan's community was considering how they wanted to "Be Church".

There may be a whole constellation of progressive parishes which will now re-define Catholicism not as a cafeteria but as a kind of international food festival
and for that task they now have in R. Ruether their ersatz Aquinas.

Before this is over we may find St. Stan's becoming the cathedral of the ECC, the Dutch Catholics, the Cronan's bunch and anybody else who feels he is "more Catholic than the Pope."

Anonymous said...

Do you know that when I was growing up if any Catholic spoke like this she/he would have been committed to a psychiatric hospital for observation? The fact that now we read something like this and just shake our heads and maybe mutter to ourselves "Sad. But what can you do?" shows you how bad things have gotten and how desensitized we are.

"Her academic work was incompatible with the Catholic faith." I like that one.

Fenian said...

"The renewal of Catholicism [she refers to Vatican II] meant that a whole host of teachings became open questions for at least a significant sector of Catholic Christians. These ranged from current pastoral conflicts over birth control to the basic questions of how we could speak of Jesus as the Christ."

For being a "theologian" she sure does misinterpret Vatican II. Then again, unfortunately so do many Catholics. Vatican II wasn't the 'free-for-all' that people like Rosemary would have us believe.

darcy said...

Not directly related, but regarding the history of the problems at St. Stan's, does anyone know of any source online that lays out in one place the basic facts of that history, what the issues were, etc.?

cmziall said...

I'm looking for the day of the vows, but yes it is Sister Rosalind Moss. . .here is a photo I found:

http://wicatholicmusings.blogspot.com/2008/10/sr-rosalind-moss.html

Methodist Jim said...

Dear Anonymous (from 2/26 at 11:17),

Please don't lump the folks at St. Stan's or their wackiness in with us Protestants - at least not all of us. You all can "keep" them.

Anonymous said...

ST. STAN'S IS NOT UNIQUE

Just remember: If all Novus Ordo parishes had a lay board that owned all the parish property, the vast majority of them would quickly move into full blown schism and heresy just like St. Stans. You know this is true.

This is the bitter, rotten fruit of the Vatican II Renewal Movement.

Some want "reform of the reform," i.e., to take another crack at reforming the Church's liturgy, discipline and doctrines according to the 16 documents of the Vatican II Council.

Apparently they feel that the popes and bishops who implemented the Council heretofore really blew it, but they can do better now.

Well, I join with those who say: Forget it !!!

Javier