Sunday, June 3, 2012

What the Heck is going on with Blogger and the Nuns?


So Google is busy committing suicide, I see.  I cannot access or post to any blog using Google Chrome, but Mozilla seems fine.  Which is bizarre, I think. I wanted to post about this thread on CAF which is about this letter in the Huffington Post:

Many of you have asked me to comment on the recent investigation into the US nuns. Here goes. In short, the Vatican has asked for an investigation into the life of religious women in the United States. There is a concern about orthodoxy, feminism and pastoral practice. The problem with the Vatican approach is that it places the nuns squarely on the side of Jesus and the Vatican on the side of tired old men, making a last gasp to save a crumbling kingdom lost long ago for a variety of reasons.

One of the results of the council was that the nuns became more educated, more integrated in the life of the people and more justice-oriented than the bishops and pope. They are doctors, lawyers, university professors, lobbyists, social workers, authors, theologians, etc. Their appeal was that they always went back to what Jesus said and did. Their value lay in the fact that their theology and their practice were integrated into the real world.

The Vatican sounded like the Pharisees of the New Testament;—legalistic, paternalistic and orthodox— while “the good sisters” were the ones who were feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, educating the immigrant, and so on. Nuns also learned that Catholics are intuitively smart about their faith. They prefer dialogue over diatribe, freedom of thought over mind control, biblical study over fundamentalism, development of doctrine over isolated mandates.
This is the gist, there's more if you want to read it.  I agree with a great deal Fr. Koesel says here.  But I disagree with splitting up into sides.  We have too many, anyway, now we just have sections.  There are extreme ends, as always, and while I think that the structure of the Church needs a bit of revamping, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect some standard liturgical practices amongst religious of all types.  We've been in trouble ever since the Church gained temporal power during the Dark Ages.  Christ's power is made perfect in weakness, after all. 

But it seems to  me that this is just another power struggle.  And I need to uninstall Chrome and see if re-installation helps.  Google keeps trying to fix everything while adding more and more things, is going broke and looking for new ways to get our money.  I'm about to go find someone else to provide service.

Everyone needs to learn the value in KISS: keep it simple, stupid.

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