Blame it on the Boss in Roma

Bully pulpit takes on a new meaning

Checkmate:Bad Bishops in a bind bully nuns

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/dowd-bishops-play-church-queens-as-pawns.html

Maureen Dowd  talks about Blitz Chess.

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Vatican very vexed by Nuns and their  Radical Feminist Themes

1.) Too much time spent administering to the poor

2.) Nuns waste time and money in nursing and education

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This week, Brian Cahill,  writes  in the San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. nuns group deserves support

Friday, April 27, 2012

Led by Cardinal William Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco, the Vatican has initiated a crackdown to control the activities of the largest leadership group of American Catholic nuns.

If it were not so tragic and destructive, it would be the height of irony that the leaders of the Catholic Church, who are big fans of religious liberty when it serves their interests, now attempt to curtail the freedom and the good work of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

“…Leadership Conference of Women Religious….

This group represents 80 percent of Catholic sisters in the United States. These are women who do so much of the heavy lifting in our church, especially in education, health care and social services.

The bishops worry that the conference’s positions on homosexuality and the ordination of women will “give scandal,” a mystifying position given that these same bishops have presided over the most serious church scandal in the past 500 years, where thousands of children were molested and hundreds of cases have been ignored or covered up.”

…Those of us who stay in the church, in spite of the arrogance, disrespect, paternalism and hypocrisy, do so because these bishops do not get in the way of our relationship with God and our ability to pray and worship. When we get angry and frustrated, as we often do, we can call upon the words of the great Catholic theologian Hans Kung, who wrote, “As members of this community, we ourselves are the Church, and should not confuse it with its machinery and administrators, still less leave the latter to shape the community.”

These women will respond to this fiasco with strength and faith and grace. They do not need anyone else to speak for them. But those of us who respect their special role and service in our community, and those of us who understand what real church is, should stand with them.

Brian Cahill is the former executive director of San Francisco Catholic Charities.

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