Last week, USA Today provided a profile of “Saint” Joan Chittister, the heterodox and dissenting nun who has more than once been sanctioned by the Church for her views. Right off the bat, you see the contradiction of reality: “For Sister Joan Chittister, defiance is a form of obedience.” And that says it all, doesn’t it? Defiance is not obedience, and all your self-justifications cannot make it so.
Yet she also was shaped by “three great streams of change: Vatican II, Vietnam and the women’s movement.
This is nothing less than evidence of how Chittister represents a declining generation of aging hippies and Sixties radicals. In the end, we’re treated to the living canonization of Chittister as a progessive saint. I’m left wondering if a profile of Fr. Joseph Fessio or some other identifiably orthodox person would have the same fawning, uncritical treatment.