Apr 21, 2012
Leo N. Egashira
commented on Catholic Nuns Muzzled for Not Espousing Vatican's Bigoted Form of Christianity
As a progressive Catholic educated by nuns who ingrained in me the social justice teachings of our faith, I find the hierarchy’s inquisition against women’s empowerment, women’s rights and women who enter the Catholic religious life utterly despicable and, sadly, totally contrary to Christian ethics. The hierarchy is using the excuse of “tradition” and “morality” to preserve power and privilege; indeed, even the most casual observer of The Vatican and its minions would easily assume that the hierarchy’s sole purpose for existence is Darwinian self-preservation.
Control of territory, exclusion, and the exercise of absolute authority are predominantly male traits in nature. Is it surprising, then, that a thoroughly artificial, insular, all-male, celibate hierarchy would act any differently?
“What would Jesus do?” is exemplified by selfless Catholic nuns—teachers, social workers, hospital staff and missionaries—who are actively alleviating the inequalities in our society. They deserve our respect, admiration, support and prayers.