Skip to comments.Bishop Robert Morlino Cracks Down on Madison Nuns for Espousing 'New Ageism' and 'Indifferentism'
Posted on 12/11/2012 7:12:35 AM PST by marshmallow
Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese.
Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal.
Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom's Well, also have been banned as part of the same action.
The memo says Morlino has "grave concerns" about the women's teachings, specifically that they "espouse certain views" flowing from such movements as "New Ageism" and "indifferentism." The latter, according to the memo, is "the belief that no one religion or philosophy is superior to another."
The women "may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church's approach to interreligious dialogue," the memo said.
Brent King, a spokesman for the diocese, said three other potential parish guest speakers, all male, have been banned "in recent years." The women are not prohibited from attending Mass or, if Catholic, from receiving communion, King said. Asked whether they could contribute to parish life in other ways, such as reading Bible passages from the pulpit or chairing a church committee, King said that would be up to individual priests.
The action comes amid a papal crackdown on nuns. Earlier this year, the Vatican accused the most influential group of Catholic sisters in the U.S. of "serious doctrinal issues" for not following Rome's lead on topics such as the male-only priesthood and homosexuality.
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“A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal.”
‘and that both women “have been dedicated to religious life and preaching and teaching Gospel values for nearly 50 years.”’
What, they aren’t 25 year old?! More shocking stuff.
“The women are not prohibited from attending Mass or, if Catholic, from receiving communion, King said.”
So they aren’t even sure if the nuns are Catholic? I hope the bishop is still looking into it.
I wouldn’t recommend a Bell, Book and Candle procedure against aging nuns. Hey, they’re family.
Good. The Sinsinawa Dominicans have destroyed the faith of and confused many for the last 45 years (I was living in a parish where they ran the school) and the whole group of them should be suspended, as far as I’m concerned.
Our diocese had an all day class for Catechists a few years ago, I didn’t go because I hate those kinds of things but my DIL went and came home in tears. All they taught was humanism, feminism and environmentalism.
If he doesn't specify, he's leaving himself open to the charge that he's suppressing women for something that's unobjectionable. There's a big difference beween Hildegard of Bingen and Barbara Marx Hubbard.
Sorry, but I don't think it's asking to much to insist that a Catholic nun actually be a Christian. These are not Christian beliefs.
we will see who “wins” this one...
Thats kind of funny because many new age practices come from monistaries
“I wouldnt recommend a Bell, Book and Candle procedure against aging nuns. Hey, theyre family.”
I would - precisely because they are family.
What’s a Bell, Book and Candle procedure?
By the way, I had a creepy retreat experience with new age nuns a few years ago. The leader had these spoons that she said were bent with spiritual power. What garbage. Our Lord has so much real strength to give, and some people will settle for bent spoons instead, and think the rest of us are their inferiors.
What on earth is a monisteries?
Are you talking about a monestary?
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An anathema - a major excommunication for which there was a ceremony at the end of which a candle (or even 12 candles) is turned over and thrown to the ground so that the flame goes out - symbolizing that fact that the person is considered incorrigible and consigned to Satan). I doubt the ceremony happened much. In the 15,000 recorded excommunications in England throughout the Middle Ages no such ceremony is recorded as ever happening. See Paul Tobelmann, “Excommunication in the Middle Ages: A Meta-Ritual and the Many Faces of Its Efficacy”, in The Problem of Ritual Efficacy, edited by William Sax, Johannes Quack, Jan Weinhold (Oxford University Press, 2010), 93-112.
There is no actual anathema excommunication or ceremony in the Church these days (unfortunately).
Well, I can see why there is not a ceremony— the person who would be the guest of (dis)honor is unlikely to attend.