Rebellion as a virtue

Rebellion as a virtue

The Chicago Sun-Times is running a series of exceprts from a book written by one of its reporters on the life of nuns. The book supposedly includes the stories of more than 300 nuns from more than 50 religious orders. Yet, it’s instructive that the one nun they profile in the excerpts is a radical feminist nun who rejects the teaching authority of the Church.

This nun castigates priests and bishops from the 1950s who did nothing when she reported that a priest had sexually abused girls at the high school where she was teaching. “Now what I would do is tell the state troopers. Who knows what it did to those young girls? That changed my attitude towards priests and towards men, towards leadership, failure of leadership,” she says. What about her failure of leadership? Why didn’t she go to those state troopers then either?

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  • “The Church believes that a holy hour spent before the Blessed Sacrament does
    more good for the well-being of the world than whole days spent in talking
    about progress to the utter oblivion of the fact that the only true progress
    consists in the diminution of the traces of original sin; she believes that a
    penitent returning to God is of far more consequence than the cancellation of war
    debts; that an increase of sanctifying grace in a soul is of far more value
    than the increase of international credit; that a group of cloistered nuns in
    prayer are more effective in preserving world peace than a group of world
    politicians discussing peace to the forgetfulness of the Prince of Peace.”

    (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen). [emphasis mine]