20 April 2012

Friday Quick Hits...

...on a busy work day:


1.  Cardinal Burke is publishing a book on the Eucharist, Divine Love Made FleshThe St. Louis Review has the story.


2.  You can check out the most recent updates (though essentially we are all in the "treading water" stage) on the SSPX situation at Rorate Caeli.  There are several posts, but many are contained under the main entry here.


3.  If you haven't read Robert Hugh Benson's Oddsfish!, you are really missing something.  When it comes to his historical novels, in my opinion, it clocks Come Rack! Come Rope!, The King's Achievement, and By What Authority?, by a mile.


4.  By now you probably have heard that the CDF (still headed by outgoing Prefect Cardinal Levada) is "cracking down" on the (choose all that apply) communists/atheists/earth-worshippers/neo-pagans/feminists/lesbians/heretics over at the LCWR, the umbrella organization for the dead and dying modernist orders of women religious.  Maybe, maybe not.  But at least the Congregation is starting to call a spade a spade, as St. Guy pointed out to me in this excerpt from the assessment:


The doctrinal Assessment found that many of the materials prepared by the LCWR for these purposes (Occasional Papers, Systems Thinking Handbook) do not have a sufficient doctrinal foundation. These materials recommend strategies for dialogue, for example when sisters disagree about basic matters of Catholic faith or moral practice, but it is not clear whether this dialogue is directed towards reception of Church teaching. As a case in point, the Systems Thinking Handbook presents a situation in which sisters differ over whether the Eucharist should be at the center of a special community celebration since the celebration of Mass requires an ordained priest, something which some sisters find “objectionable.” According to the Systems Thinking Handbook this difficulty is rooted in differences at the level of belief, but also in different cognitive models (the “Western mind” as opposed to an “Organic mental model”). These models, rather than the teaching of the Church, are offered as tools for the resolution of the controversy of whether or not to celebrate Mass. Thus the Systems Thinking Handbook presents a neutral model of Congregational leadership that does not give due attention to the responsibility which Superiors are called to exercise, namely, leading sisters into a greater appreciation or integration of the truth of the Catholic faith.


I read on various websites' comboxes that this effort is a waste of time or, more often, "too late"-- and thus scorned by these commenters.  Well, you can't have it both ways.  Are they going to whine that the Vatican doesn't do anything, or whine that it is too little or too late?  Which is it?  I applaud any effort on the part of the CDF to do something to warn the Sisters themselves of their peril, to warn their supporters of the anti-Catholic theology of this group, and to stand up for Catholicism generally.

Recall, most importantly, that this is an act of mercy to the Sisters themselves.  Since heresy has doomed these groups to destruction and that the median age of the LCWR sister is 138, it is good that they think of their last end, and now.


All that being true, to me, the real key to this effort is the symmetry in which the CDF lets the modernists know that the SSPX isn't the only group that must be "vetted" in order to be considered "in full communion".  In fact, in the Cardinal's letter he actually states the need of the LCWR to implement an ecclesiology of communion.  This is the term that many, including Bishop Williamson, have noted as a novel expression of a concept of Catholicity that historically centers around orthodoxy in doctrine and obedience in practice.  The good news here is that the Holy Office is applying it to the leftist ladies' conference in precisely this fashion-- a matter of doctrine and obedience.  Yes, it is late in coming, but it would be far worse if it never came.

11 comments:

StGuyFawkes said...

Tim,

You forgot to mention that many of these "Sisters of the Earth" and "Mistresses of the Moon" who shave neither legs or armpits in their seach to become closer to Gaia and her musical call from the beaks of birds, these very same lissome Liliths are also practioners of the ancient art of root powdering which can only be effective when done on the bellies of consecrated virgins whose naked loins are exposed to full moonlight for a six hours when no male man or animal can be near.

a Fan said...

Are you going to put a blurb on your blog about the play at St. Francis de Sales? I know that you have someone of interest in it.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the comments are alike and sometimes they are very different.
(One of the great things about this blog.)

Mempoit

Unknown said...

My hope and prayer is these women will repent and be converted, however too many of them are so far gone, truly believing they are prophets, as they have declared themselves for years at LCWR annual conferences. Like the Pharisees, they have created their own legal fictions like, "responsible dissent," to assuage their consciences.

In some ways I can't fully blame the sisters. They were encouraged by many bishops and priests over the last 45 years to continue down this path. And rather than disciplined or taken to task, they were elevated to important positions within diocesan offices, hospitals, universities, seminaries and so forth. I find it hard to believe the heads of the LCWR are "shocked" at this news, but perhaps they truly are, after decades of being rewarded for disobedience.

Nonetheless, it will be an interesting showdown. Who will be left standing when this is all said and done?

-Ryan J Hilliard

Athelstane said...

"...nd that the median age of the LCWR sister is 138..."

Actually, it's 79. But that's based on ten year old data. They seem averse to updating the data they give to CARA. My guess is that they're somewhere in the mid-80's. If it weren't for the extraordinary longevity of nuns...

It has always struck me that there is so little self-reflection on the part of these sisters as to why their vocations have dried up. Especially when you look at the boomtimes that more traditional orders like the Nashville Dominicans are having.

But I suppose it's hard to admit that most of your adult life might have been a profound mistake.

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear Athelstane,

You hit it right on the head. The lack of self-reflection is very striking. The most obvious example found to date is in the quotes of the sisters who maintained that this "crackdown" all came as quite a surprise and it must be because they supported Obama care.

Either the dear sisters are being disingenuous in the extreme, or they are in some respect living on a different planet.

The critical "dialogue" between the LCWR and the Vatican is about eight years old now. This has been coming for a long time. It strikes me as the worst sort of spin-doctoring for the LCWR to tell the media that they are so shocked.

St. Guy

Anonymous said...

"...the (choose all that apply) communists/atheists/earth-worshippers/neo-pagans/feminists/lesbians/heretics over at the LCWR, the umbrella organization for the dead and dying modernist orders of women religious." - Timman


"You forgot to mention that many of these "Sisters of the Earth" and "Mistresses of the Moon" who shave neither legs or armpits in their seach to become closer to Gaia and her musical call from the beaks of birds, these very same lissome Liliths are also practioners of the ancient art of root powdering which can only be effective when done on the bellies of consecrated virgins whose naked loins are exposed to full moonlight for a six hours when no male man or animal can be near." - mr. Guy

wow..... just....wow.

I can feel the love and peace vibes oozing from you boys.

If this is how a TRUE CATHOLIC deals with their own, I shudder at how ya'll will deal with the Protestant women.

Can we all spell 'misogyny'?


I LOVE this blogsite!

....because it never fails to reinforce my decision to move away from the 'TRUE CHURCH'

-cdg

StGuyFawkes said...

My esteemed-cdg,

One cannot be a misogynist unless you hate imperfect mortal women. The individuals I am making fun of are goddesses, or didn't you know.

St. Guy

Anonymous said...

Okay mr.guy, I’ll bite:

What, then, does one call a man who hates goddesses but not ‘imperfect mortal women’ …

…a misogaiast?

It follows that if a man hates female deities, how much more so would he harbor a strong distaste for ’imperfect mortal’ females.

Methinks thou art** applying a little Pretzel Logic, here!

-cdg






**an attempt to keep the conversation on an ecclesiastical level.

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear cdg,

Let me explain the "root powderer" joke. Many American women religious have come to see their spiritual future in the adventure of going "Beyond Jesus" as Sr. Laurie Brink describes it in her thoughtful assessment of the state of women's religious orders.

She is referring to things like the namaste, and "healing touch" movements and an overall rejection of monotheism. This is obviously concerning to the Church hierarchy because the sisters have passed beyond the boundaries of ecumenism into something entirely different than Catholicism, or even Christianity.

This has nothing to do with misogyny. It has to do with the definition of a religious order.

I know you love this blog because it gives you a chance to spread "peace and wahoo" but if you wish to post on a Catholic blog it's best to do some background reading and if you have done the reading allude to it now and then.

By the way, The St. Louis Hegelians did view the Ead's Bridge as a summation of their philosophy. Sometimes the world is full of amazing facts if you will only dig for it.

Last post for me. You get the last word.

St. Guy

Anonymous said...

Eads Bridge is a still a bridge....


...and misogny by any other name is still misogyny.

-cdg