Don’t mess with the nuns

Fran Fisher is a former Catholic nun, a Ph.D. sexologist with a private practice in Granite Bay, and the author of In the Name of God, Why? Ex-Catholic Nuns Speak Out About Sexual Repression, Abuse & Ultimate Liberation

Is the Inquisition still alive and well in the Holy Roman Catholic Church?

While the world is reeling from the reality of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sexual abuse and the deliberate attempts to protect the molesting priests, we are now privy to the heavy-handed female repression so rooted in Catholic doctrines going back to the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition. That history vilified and demonized women; burning was the price we paid for our sins. The office was only renamed in 1965 during the Second Vatican Council, but renaming it didn’t change its purpose.

Currently, this office has attempted to silence and condemn a 77-year-old nun, Margaret Farley, who teaches divinity at Yale University, for her book, Just Love. Instead of ignoring this six-year-old book, the Vatican publicly denounced her work for its position on masturbation and homosexuality as deviations from age-old Catholic dogma.

At the same time, American bishops have denounced a movement begun by Sister Simone Campbell, famously known as the executive director of Nuns on the Bus. The Vatican, through its bishops, completely overlooks the foundations of this church in the work and dedication of nuns as teachers, nurses and social workers. The Vatican was quick to silence the largest association of U.S. nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, for allowing what the male leadership called “radical feminist themes” at the nuns’ conference. In the end, the Vatican appointed three bishops to oversee the conference, essentially silencing the nuns.

The women of the church must be seen and not heard; that’s the rule!

Compare such treatment of women religious to the case of Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first Roman Catholic prelate to actually be sentenced for child endangerment for his role in protecting rogue pedophile priests. Lynn moved those priests from place to place, only to have them remolest; for that he gets three years—and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia paid for his legal defense.

Instead of policing themselves, the male Catholic hierarchy are spending their time and efforts on keeping “feminists” down. But when sleeping women awake, mountains will move.

Women of the church everywhere are on the move. We are not feminists, we are women!