American nuns have been helping poor and sick people too much, so the Vatican has appointed a strict supervisor to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to make these liturgical ladies behave.
And as the Voice reported yesterday, the Conference has since shot back at the Church, slamming Catholic leadership for failing to address longstanding concerns over child molestation. They’re protesting today in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and hope that their pray-in will prompt Cardinal Timothy Dolan to demand a retraction from the Vatican.
But this isn’t the first time in recent history that nuns have openly rebelled against the church.
A few other examples came to mind (and if there are more, let us know in the comments!)
In late April, hundreds of nuns (and priests) wore gags to protest the Vatican’s calls to censor a celebrity priest, the Irish Times reports. According to the paper, Fr. Brian D’Arcy got in trouble for four articles he penned for Sunday World newspaper in 2010, making him the fifth Irish priest to have been recently censored by the Vatican.
Two Italian nuns chained themselves to St. Peter’s Basilica during Sunday mass last year to protest their ouster from a convent, Reuters reports. The nuns, in their 70s, went on leave for health reasons. They say that when they returned that the Mother Superior “accused them of disobedience and refused to let them back in” and wanted to get the Pontiff’s attention with their protest.
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
In 2007, the church wanted to replace the Mother Superior of this convent, as she claimed to see “visions of the Holy Spirit,” the BBC notes. The nuns resisted and were subsequently defrocked. They refused to leave and were eventually evicted by 150 cops.
Lavinia Byrne, a British nun and “feminist theologian” left her order in 2000, but says that she was prompted to do so by a Vatican-backed “campaign of bullying,” Newsweek details. She first came under fire in 1993, when she authored a book arguing for the ordination of women. At the time, a handful of prominent Catholics ordered that her book be warehoused or burned.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 22, 2012