Blame it on the Boss in Roma

Bully pulpit takes on a new meaning

Biggest Scandal in Rome? The Butler? Ha!

  Called : The biggest scandal to rock the Vatican in decades widened Monday with the pope’s butler, arrested for allegedly … AP Press

 “The Butler Did it”  is hardly the biggest scandal…

There are simply too many to choose from…

Blame it on the Boss in Roma

Maureen Dowd wrote a 2009 New York Times op-ed piece that sent shock waves through the hallowed halls of the Vatican.

Given the most recent  history of the Church – that’s hard to do.

Dowd had the temerity to question an attack of the nuns by the Pope and his Red Hat Society. Never was the term ‘the old boys network” more appropriate. The article discussed the inquisition on the Women Religious of the United States. Tsk, give her 25 demerits, call her parents and have her say five Hail Marys.

Buddy, can you spare a million?
Times are tough and Catholic collection baskets are seeing more one-dollar bills, fewer $20 bills. The 2009 event was called ‘ a nefarious witch-hunt.’ Legions of Catholic school graduates were incensed by the attack on the nuns by Rome. The average age of the women is 70 years old. Many have given 50 years of service to schools and hospitals with minimal remuneration.

Flash forward to 2012

The Old Boys Network is mad at the Women Religious, again. The complaint, this time, is that the Catholic nuns are focusing too much on social-justice issues such as poverty, education, healthcare, and not enough on abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia.

 A groundswell of support for the nuns caused Rome to pause and re-load. There is a movement afoot by Catholics who passionately want to protect the good Sisters.

This week, Reuter’s reports rousing support for the American Roman Catholic Nuns:

The vigils in cities across the United States are intended to express solidarity with American Roman Catholic nuns, who are struggling to formulate a response to a sharp rebuke from the Vatican…

I lost it at the movies?

 Pink Smoke Over The Vatican  is a must-see, highly informative documentary about women in the Church;

… delves into the controversial and growing movement of women seeking to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests. The film explores their internal struggles as they challenge the church they love as well as the external battles with the Church hierarchy, centuries-old tradition, the police, and rampant prejudice. To date, nearly 100 women have been ordained or are training to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.”

What can you do for Nun Justice? Click Here

For more info: Say Thank You Sister, National Catholic Reporter/Stonehill; Brian Cahill’s SF Chronicle columnsBlame it on the Boss in Roma Blog

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