“Not on the same planet”

Posted: 20 April 2012 in Uncategorized
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Two years before the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided to reprimand U.S. women’s religious communities for “serious doctrinal problems,” the nuns expressed a different understanding of the conflict:

“They think of us as an ecclesiastical work force,” said Sister Sandra M. Schneiders, professor emerita of New Testament and spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, in California. “Whereas we are religious, we’re living the life of total dedication to Christ, and out of that flows a profound concern for the good of all humanity. So our vision of our lives, and their vision of us as a work force, are just not on the same planet.”

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