Forget something?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 23, 2004

You represent the Social Justice Ministry for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia. You firmly believe that "justice is a constitutive element of the Gospel message.”

You have a web site. Visitors are greeted immediately with a Prayer to End the War Against (sic) Iraq, which begins:

Loving God, we beg your forgiveness for the war that the U.S. is waging against the Iraqi people..

Your web site lists key social-justice issues: Third World debt, the environment, health care, sweat shops, and of course world peace. Your provide links to Friends of the Earth, the Center for Concern, Oxfam, the National Labor Committee, and Pax Christi. Your list is exhaustive. You've thought of everything.

Well, maybe not everything. You don't mention abortion. Or euthanasia. Or stem-cell research. Or same-sex unions. Or contraception. Or conscience clauses for Catholic health-care workers. Or educational choice and the rights of Catholic parents.

Never mind. Easy issues to forget.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 27, 2004 8:10 PM ET USA

    I was taught by this Order back in the 50's. Abetter; holier group of dedicated women never lived. I am saddened because all the nuns I meet now from this order are walking around with their heads somewhere but here on earth. They are now social workers with little patience for Church Teachings. No wonder they are now having zero postulants!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 27, 2004 1:42 PM ET USA

    You find these tiresomely earnest simpletons in most religious orders. They have it all figured out..they'll take other people's money and forgive the third-world debt with it. They worship "mother" nature, and become unnatural. Reiki and Zen workshops are their apostolate. You won't find Jesus' name in their "vision" statements. His masculinity is a stumbling block and a rock of offense,if not His Jewishness.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 26, 2004 12:39 PM ET USA

    When I did a lot of research into the Renew 2000 material, I found that members of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace were responsible for actually writing a lot of leadership and group material. It's New Age, eco-feminism and 60's sophistry. It is all intended to celebrate "community." It requires a mature "person" to enter into the intimacy of Communion. The automonous "individual" is desparate to mask the alienation resulting from the superficiality of community floating in subjectivism.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2004 10:44 AM ET USA

    There are 30 independent congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph throughout the United States and Canada. Altogether they have a total of 7 novices.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 7:05 PM ET USA

    Please join me in financing one-way tickets to send these "nuns" to labor camps in North Korea. No doubt they opine that we waged an unjust war against that pseudo-nation, also.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 5:53 PM ET USA

    Patriot is right. These poor old ladies are stuck in the distant past and their brains are probably addled by years of listening to the recorded speeches Fidel Castro and the Church’s misguided promoters of so-called Liberation Theology. But what’s more important is that this is yet another example of how the Vatican has become powerless (deliberately so?) in the battle to control its clerics and professed religious.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 23, 2004 5:25 PM ET USA

    I checked the Website and Patriot is right. Look at the sisters' pictures, modestly encircled in a wreath on the home page. With perhaps two exceptions, who could, for all I know, have benefited from Botox or good genes, these are definitely women of the '70's. Not to say IN their 70's.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 5:08 PM ET USA

    Those who do not know the history of what went before them, will remain children forever. Marcus Tullius Cicero.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2004 4:37 PM ET USA

    Please, please, what do you expect from these aging sisters? Their weltanschauung is still spinning around 1968. Besides, who but other aging nuns and priests of a certain political stripe reads their web site?