I found this a few days ago, but forgot to ever do something with it. To start, the bible does have an overwhelming amount of sexism, war, violence, genocide, rape, and general things decent humans recognize as “bad.”
However, there’s a few notes in there about helping the poor, loving your neighbor, social justice, and that sort of thing. It has a few bright points in it. And to the credit of some of the convents that I’ve seen, the nuns there take that social justice stuff seriously. They do put significant effort into feeding the hungry and clothing those in need.
Random side note: Growing up, my mom loved to garden, and one year we planted cantaloupes. Just about when they would be getting ripe, we took a family vacation, and we asked that my grandparents look after our garden, and pick anything that became ripe. When we got back from vacation, it turns out cantaloupes grow LIKE CRAZY. My grandparents had harvested over a hundred of the things, and were able to donate them to a local Kansas city charity, “Little Sisters of the Poor.” The nuns were happy to have them, and fed lots of hungry people fresh fruit.
So, there are nuns in the world who took that “love they neighbor” to heart, and are doing a solid job of improving the welfare of those around them. Atheists wouldn’t really agree with all the tenets of their theology, but the love for fellow humans is a trait we can all respect.
The Catholic church & bishops has taken note of this, and were obviously ecstatic over the great PR that these nuns could provide. With their recent child abuse scandals, they could use the good image. The pope & council of bishops reached out to US nuns in support of their mission, to say “Great work! Keep up making the world a better place!”
Well, I mean….that’s what the pope and ruling council of bishops COULD have done.
A US Catholic nuns’ group said it is “stunned” that the Vatican reprimanded it for spending too much time on poverty and social justice concerns and not enough on abortion and gay marriage.
……….said the group had failed to make the “Biblical view of family life and human sexuality” a central plank in its agenda.
It further reprimanded US nuns for expressing positions on political issues that differed, at times, from views held by US bishops.
This is what the religion virus does to people. US nuns read the same bible their bishops & pope do, but they chose to emphasize poverty and social justice. The Catholic church leadership decided it didn’t want resources allocated on that, instead it was imperative that their “traditional values” and anti-gay party line be enforced.
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