Sep 022009

You knew they were up to something.

All those years the Sisters spent educating us and our children, and all those times the Sisters were with us for births, in sickness, and at the ends of our days. Paying the ultimate price of their lives in the name of justice or working to keep this planet livable; no one else would have done so much for so little if they didn’t have a hidden agenda. 

So count me among those who are relieved to hear that the Vatican is conducting an Apostolic visitation to investigate the “quality of life” in women’s religious communities in the U.S. and a separate “doctrinal assessment” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 95 percent of the women religious in the U.S.

Sisters of Mercy, Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary — yes, the very names reek of anarchy and insubordination.

Like the Vatican, I am tired of hearing about the women religious who are on the forefront of equality, peace and environmental and social justice issues. They have put their faith into action once too often. It is time to put these women back in their place.

My only regret is that the Vatican did not take this action sooner. It has been way too long since the last inquisition.

Pray for peace.

Bob Petrzelka

Mount Pleasant

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