I am from St. Louis which is hugely Catholic, as I’m sure you know. When someone in STL says where they live, it’s not by neighborhood or street name, it’s by parish. My last house was in St. George Parish. If you are from STL, you know exactly where that is. All that being said, it is not uncommon to have issues pop up now and then or news regarding Catholic issues. Pope John Paul II came to STL in ’99 which literally put STL on its knees.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is descending on St. Louis next week and hopefully the will be reprimanded for their ‘rogue’ style of servitude. So says the St. Louis Review:
“In April, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced a major reform of the LCWR, which has more than 1,500 members of U.S. congregations of women religious. They represent about 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States. It currently holds a canonical status that is granted by the Vatican.”
But these rouge sisters are not going by the rules…or the specific doctrine they signed up for. Here’s why I know this…
As you all know, in the 1970’s Roe was passed. And STL being Catholic oriented, these rogue nuns were ‘helping women in need’ to make contraception and abortion decisions. I remember being told that the Church ‘isn’t like that anymore’ about abortion. DANGEROUS, to say the least. Women, Catholic or not, see these rogue nuns as someone to heed because they are nuns – holy, and that their opinions would be holy as well. But they are doing not-so-holy things.
As one person put it, “You see a difference in the theology of the sisters who are on the margins, who live with the people, whose theology is informed by the work they do,” said Jennifer Reyes Lay, program coordinator for the St. Louis-based Catholic Action Network. “And then the theology of people who hold positions in the hierarchy who aren’t as connected to people and who can maintain black-and-white guidelines. It gets messier when you’re on the ground.” Not a truer word was said. The LCWR is not so quietly separating themselves from Rome.
As a prolifer, my problem with rogue nuns, rogue Pastors, rogue Priests, and the like is that they are not entirely prolife, and some not at all. People (I was one of them) go to them for advice because in their mind these people are holy and closer to God. Should you seek counsel in times of unrest such as an unplanned pregnancy? The Bible says to seek counsel, and our Counselor is Christ:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6, NKJV.
These rogue nuns do not seek the counsel of Christ as we ought to have done in the first place. Do I blame these rogue nuns for my abortion? Somewhat, yes I do. My mother listened to their veiled reasoning and put me in the grasp of an abortionist. Truly, this is one of the BIGGEST reasons why I left the Catholic Church over 30 years ago. I could not understand why the Vatican says one thing and the local church, priests and nuns say another. I find the entire thing to be bondage and contradictory.
Actually, the whole thing finally makes sense to me with the women of my family; they saw these rogue nuns usurping the authority of the Church and found it to be empowering instead of what it was: denying doctrine, such as sex before marriage, contraception and abortion as accepted practices rather than forbidden.
So the bottom line is this: The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and the Church needs to stop them. How many other aborted unborn babies are they responsible for? Well, the blood is on their hands. They need Jesus.