Skip to comments.Speakers Say US Sisters Were at Forefront of Implementing Vatican II
Posted on 12/14/2012 7:28:06 AM PST by marshmallow
NEW YORK (CNS) -- In responding to the Second Vatican Council's call to universal holiness, American women religious have been both beacons and lightning rods for the church, according to speakers at a Dec 11 forum.
Religious sisters were in the forefront of Vatican II's call for church renewal, and their vibrant lives and ministries are still shaped by the council's documents, panelists said.
The sisters took seriously the council's admonition to renew their religious communities from the inside out, explore their original charism and then make the charism come alive in a new setting, said James P. McCartin, director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture.
The center co-sponsored the forum "Call & Response: How American Catholic Sisters shaped the Church since Vatican II."
"It is sisters, as much as anyone, who have shaped the face of the church in the world today," McCartin said.
"The story of U.S. religious women and a reforming Catholic Church has unfolded amid enormous changes, cultural shake-ups and under contested new developments," Christine Firer Hinze said. Hinze is co-director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, the event's co-sponsor.
Hinze said American women religious have "literally lived their lives on the front lines of issues and debates" in the church and society. Those debates have been more than theoretical, becoming part of the women's lives, relationships, struggles and the ways they sought to "practice their radical discipleship in this day and age," she added.
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And now they're gone. No vocations, no spiritual identity, destroyed communities and empty convents. The "renewal" was a complete success.
Exactly, because, frequently, their type of *renewal* was nothing more than sinful error.
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We got many letters from nuns but NONE of them ever addressed the issue of abortion--the only issue about which they cared was for Iowa not to reinstate the death penalty. They couldn't have cared less about abortion.
Look at the Sisters of Mercy. They are all old and have no new vocations and haven’t for years.
These groups are dying out and will eventually disappear.
The only groups growing are those that actually believe and live true Church teaching.
That is good news.