May 7, 2012

Bishops Make (Nun)sense

Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, Washington Post

The recent Vatican decree that put a bishop in charge of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) ought to be viewed as a radical measure -- because it is. Critics might allege that this is episcopal revenge for how these and other Catholic organizations undercut the effort of the bishops to prevent the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The official decree has a jumble of assertions alluding to heresy, including one that says the LCWR had been taken over by “radical feminists.” Whether or not such claims are true, we can be certain that the takeover is based on the totalitarian conception of episcopal power.

Persons of my generation may remember that when the Communists still ruled Poland, the political scholar, the Polish-born Zbigniew...

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