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loyal Catholic nuns: speak out!

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 22, 2010

Earlier this month CWN reported on the widespread resistance mounted by American women’s religious orders against a Vatican apostolic visitation. But the resistance is far from universal. Some nuns, faithful to the Holy See and to the founding traditions of their own religious communities, are anxious to help.

Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities, has set up a Yahoo Group that allows loyal Catholic nuns to contact each other, exchange news about their orders, and provide information to the Vatican—all while preserving their own anonymity.

Why, you might ask, would the good sisters want to remain anonymous? Because they live in communities dominated by radical feminism, and they fear reprisals if they dare to speak out in defense of Catholic tradition. That’s a measure of how thoroughly many religious orders have been corrupted by the spirit of the age. It’s also an indication of how urgent it is to provide some guidance for these communities—and, not incidentally, some support for the poor nuns (in most cases elderly) who are living through the chaos.

Learn more about Sisters Supporting Apostolic Visitation here. Perhaps you know a few nuns who should be introduced to the group.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 25, 2010 10:33 PM ET USA

    Don't some of these orders have a rule such as the Legion of Christ had to prohibit criticism to outsiders?

  • Posted by: Phil - Jan. 23, 2010 9:50 AM ET USA

    But Ramonantonio, that's exactly what the Vatican has done: asked the sisters to answer questions and send comments. By refusing to respond, many mainstream nuns are showing their hostility.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2010 9:42 AM ET USA

    Having been educated in a nuns college in childhood and then by Marists Brothers in High School I know how off the mark we outsiders may be when thinking out loud how these organizations should behave, or react or do. It is not that it is improper but that we most probably are introducing alien points of view that by themselves constitute a problem My suggestion is to extend an invitation for their representatives to be interviewed or to submit a position paper. That will be more to their point.

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