Sunday, July 01, 2007

Chittister going to New Zealand galvanizes bishop

The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Barry Jones, is opposing a visit by a controversial feminist nun from the United States.

"Controversial feminist nun." What a spin. How about "disobedient, dissident woman who claims to be Catholic?"

He has written to priests saying that next week's visit by Benedictine nun Sister Joan Chittister is unauthorised.

Permission for the event had not been sought or given, and Jones did not want it promoted through Catholic churches.

And who can blame him?

Well..."High-profile Sister Pauline O'Regan, of the Sisters of Mercy" does.

"It sort of sounds like censorship, doesn't it?"..."Sure, she challenges various things within the church, but then so do a great number of other people. Jesus challenged the leaders of his religious era," said O'Regan.

Here's a newsflash for ya, Sister Pauline...

Jesus is God. He created Judaism and its leaders. And while it's a good thing to be Christlike, Sister Chittister isn't Christ.

And "challenging" is different from unmitigated disobedience.

If you accept the fact that the Catholic Church was founded by Christ and is guided by the Holy Spirit—God—then Sister Chittister, with her unabashed dissension from Church teaching, deserves to be mercifully censored.

Source: The Press