Anna mentioned this in morning news but it bears repeating: The Vatican is censuring the U.S.'s largest, most influential group of nuns because they "challenged church teaching on homosexuality and the male-only priesthood, and promoted 'radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith,'" according to a letter sent by the Vatican yesterday.
How so, you ask? Have the ladies of the church replaced daily prayer with bra burning? Maybe they're honing castration techniques on stray pets to prepare for the inevitable war of the sexes? In a word, No:
The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” During the debate over the health care overhaul in 2010, American bishops came out in opposition to the health plan, but dozens of sisters, many of whom belong to the Leadership Conference, signed a statement supporting it — support that provided crucial cover for the Obama administration in the battle over health care.
Even though nuns have given their lives to their faith, they can't authentically represent Catholicism because of their sex. And according to Catholic Bishops—our compasses of morality—the Christianity they're practicing isn't homophobic, anti-abortion, or anti-healthcare enough to qualify as true church teachings. In essence, the nuns are all but forcing the Pope to send a flock of Bishops, lead by Seattle's very own Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, to come muzzle them. (It's for their own good! Uppity women!)
That's some over-the-top, comic-book style evilness right there.
Hat tip, Kate.