The Vatican Rules
The Vatican has ruled that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has been "silent on the right to life" and failed to make the "Biblical view of family life and human sexuality"... also accusing the group of promoting "certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."
The American nuns were also reprimanded for expressing positions on political issues that differed at times from views held by American bishops. Public disagreement with the bishops -- "who are the church's authentic teachers of faith and morals" is unacceptable...
Well, there you / I / we have it: "the Vatican has ruled". Ah, but this is the 21st century -- too much information is now available -- and a serious meandering through all of the available information is as a revelation: Power will always say and do anything necessary to maintain its position of dominance. But on the other hand, there is Yeshua the Poet of Nazareth and all of his "You have heard it said... but I say unto you..."
And that Yeshua, for certain and for sure, does not reside in the Vatican! He doesn't live in their theologies, neither does he play their games of domination...
That Yeshua strides boldly through history on the side of women and children, on the side of the poor and oppressed, and on the side of everyone who suffers -- especially from the actions of empires and every power... that Yeshua is an eternal "Yes!" to every heart -- without discrimination -- searching and hungry for love... that Yeshua is a welcomed guest at every table of the humble, kind, and forgiving... that Yeshua is a blazing Fire in the face of the violent, oppressive, manipulative, destructive, and hateful... that Yeshua stands as a sign of liberation for everyone yearning for the paradise of total transformation into "Only One" and "One Love"... that Yeshua is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life...
So what are the nuns to do? I would humbly suggest that they stay united and speak truth to power: and all together: resign: leave the Church as it has left them: join or start New Faith and Action Communities all across this land: let the Vatican rule their empty churches: Yeshua left them a long time ago...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.