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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another 'ringer'

I had an earlier post about one of the women chosen by Cardinal Muller of the CDF and approved of by the pope to the International Theological Commission (Tracey Rowland) here. Today I saw a post by Thomas Reese SJ about one of the other women chosen for the commission - Sr. Prudence Allen. She's conservative and anti-feminist (Fr. Z loves her). Here's a bit of Fr. Reese's post ...

[...] In an April 30, 2010, interview with the National Review, "Nun Sense: Women in the Catholic Church," Sister Allen was asked what she thought of the Network sisters who supported passage of the Affordable Care Act at a time when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops were opposing it.

"Were they representative of the Catholic Church?" asked Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large of National Review Online.

Her response:

"By comparing the statements of the Network religious sisters on health care with the statements of Cardinal George and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on health care, it is clear that there are fundamental contradictions between them. Thus, the Network religious sisters have separated themselves from the head, and therefore cannot be included in the meaning of “catholic.” Therefore, they are not representative of the Catholic Church" ...

When asked about having women involved as priests and in the hierarchy, she responded, "this question is wrongly framed within a political model of power struggles." Rather, she continued, "the Church is a communion in which all the baptized are called to holiness through complementary vocations."

:( Appointing these particular women to the ITC is a disingenuous co-opting of the genuine hope women have of finding equal treatment in the church.


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