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Speakers Say US Sisters Were at Forefront of Implementing Vatican II
Catholic News Service ^ | 12/13/12 | Beth Griffin

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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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.

And now they're gone. No vocations, no spiritual identity, destroyed communities and empty convents. The "renewal" was a complete success.

1 posted on 12/14/2012 7:28:14 AM PST by marshmallow
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Toldya About the Lesbian Nuns in Leavenworth [Ann Barnhardt]
2 posted on 12/14/2012 7:32:06 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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Exactly, because, frequently, their type of *renewal* was nothing more than sinful error.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 7:54:55 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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‘Spirit of Vatican II’ Kool Aid brought to you by Catholic News Service a branch of the USCCB. Nothing has changed!


4 posted on 12/14/2012 1:37:04 PM PST by RBStealth
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I have a very negative view of Catholic nuns. At one time I worked in the Iowa House for a very pro-life rep who was trying to pass pro-life legislation.

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.

5 posted on 12/14/2012 1:43:08 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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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.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 6:30:49 PM PST by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

That is good news.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 6:48:23 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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