If anyone thinks the current leadership of the Catholic Church intends to consider women as equals, they are in for a disappointment. A group of nuns called, “Leadership Conference of Women Religious,” is finding that out.
A four-year study funded by the Vatican found Women Religious did not adequately demonize the Vatican’s favorite villains, abortion and gay marriage. From now on, the Vatican will supervise Women Religious, placing under a microscope who is invited to their conferences and what topics they discuss.
The Vatican found Women Religious was spending just too much time discussing topics the old men found revolting, ordination of women and ministering to gays. After all, the Vatican’s report said, it is the Catholic Bishops who are the authentic teachers of faith and morals. Women are not qualified to discuss moral topics that might interest them.
One has to remember it was Eve, not Adam, who was responsible for the original sin. How, then, could her gender be trusted to separate good morals from bad?
The male Catholic hierarchy knows how to put the hammer down. Nuns who have the backbone to stand up against this ancient form of discrimination are mostly an older generation. As they age and die off, the Old Men’s Club is replacing them with women who will wear the habit and behave.
The proportion of nuns who wear habits and do not discuss female priesthood are growing. The Catholic clergy is making sure its future is secure.