The Pope wants lax Catholics to be herded back in the flock; not only does he want them back, but he has ordered his priests and bishops to send out the German Shepherds. Or Border Collies. He feels that the direct threat to evangelization is secular humanism- that ‘eroding’ factor that seems to be responsible for the empty pews at Sunday liturgies. Humanism, like accepting gays and lesbians as children of God/god, are some of the so-called ‘social sins we see today in American society.’ Others include same-sex marriage, birth control, abortion and euthanasia. War and poverty, on the other hand, are not on the list of social sins.
The Pope and his cardinals [and most bishops] are so out of touch with the real world in which American Catholics live. Why in the Hell would ‘lax Catholics’ want to return to the hierarchical, misogynistic, rule-bound, highly dogmatic Roman Catholic Church? Those are the reasons that many of the ‘fallen-away Catholics’ fell away. And they should return because?
Yesterday I attended an October Festival sponsored by the nuns who ‘taught’ me lo those many years ago in grade school. My 7th grade teacher was there! She celebrated 60-years as a nun in June of this year; do the math. She, like many of the sisters with whom I spoke, feels that the war on American nuns, perpetrated by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, is way over the top compared to what they ought to be doing with their authority. One nun referred to me as a ‘hero’ for speaking out against that very injustice. Others thanked me for doing so. They feel terribly constrained in their ability to shout out, ‘Leave Us Alone!’
For those who do not know what the hubbub is all about with the bishops [Pope] and the American Nuns, read this New York Times article.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church has a mindset of the Medieval Europe and somehow these beliefs and values ought to be those of 21st century America. The thought boggles the mind. So does the Pope’s belief that he can call the wayward Catholic back into his flock.
I’ve been reading a book titled, Jesus through Pagan Eyes. It is a fascinating read and I may review the book at a later date. What caught my eye just last night, after my encounter with the nuns, was this line from the book:
In the Wiccan point of view, all people— indeed, all beings, animate and inanimate— are children of the Goddess and God. We are all equal in Their eyes. Therefore everyone is our sibling, deserving of our love, loyalty, and protection. And more than this: We are each a literal Temple of the Divine. If this is so, how can we think of anyone as an enemy? We’d be rejecting an aspect of the Divine. Therefore we must find a way to honour the Divine even in the form of those who seem on the surface to be antagonists.
These words, from a self described practicing Witch for over 20 years, sound a whole lot more associated with Jesus than any bishop, cardinal or the Pope. Love one another. Period.
The sacred feminine is missing from the Catholic Church- the Goddess who is one with God- was summarily killed in the 4th century and that murder is today haunting the church and causing terrible grief as a result.
In Wicca, women hold positions of leadership. In Wiccan Circles, priestesses are honoured as conduits for the Goddess— the feminine aspect of Divinity. 209 Women are revered in Wicca— as in ancient religions— as representatives of the awe-inspiring Creative Power of the Goddess.
…and in the Catholic Church??