The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.
What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down.
Since the papal crackdown on nuns, they have received an outpouring of support. “Nuns were approached by Catholics at Sunday liturgies across the country with a simple question: ‘What can we do to help?’ ” The National Catholic Reporter recounted. It cited one parish where a declaration of support for nuns from the pulpit drew loud applause, and another that was filled with shouts like, “You go, girl!”
UPDATED: 07/21/12 - The great purge continues. This is from the Huffington Post Religion pages, "Pontifical Catholic University Of Peru Stripped By Vatican Of Right To Call Itself Catholic" (07/21/12).
New York Times: Father Doesn't Know Best (by Maureen Dowd)
PHOTO: Stumbled upon a random church on the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica 2005.