The Silence We Keep: A Nun's View of the Catholic Priest Scandal

A Catholic nun speaks out approximately her existence and vocation, ladies within the Church, the sexual scandal within the priesthood, why the Catholic hierarchy won’t repair it, and the way Catholics will take again their Church.

Karol Jackowski joined the sisterhood 40 years in the past and is still a religious Catholic, yet she is additionally an activist who now considers the reformation of the Church to join her calling. In The Silence We Keep, she takes a good examine the priesthood all through heritage and divulges a tradition of privilege and sexual permissiveness that's as previous because the Church itself. She turns a severe eye on a spirituality that she describes as hypocritical in its condemnation of the sins of others, whereas some distance worse habit is perpetrated via the condemners. She additionally discusses the sisterhood and its tradition of submissiveness to the male clergy, a passivity that has avoided a process of tests and balances that can have stopped the abuse.

The Silence We Keep is hard-hitting in its frank dialogue of the Church, yet finally Sister Karol’s message is an uplifting and empowering name to motion for all believers to grab upon this historical chance, holiday a centuries-old silence, and take again the Catholic Church.

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Nowhere does Jesus identify a caste of wealthy, robust, privileged males. not anything should be farther from divine fact. Serving and never being served is the essence of Jesus’ “priesthood,” and the Gospels are jam-packed with what it capacity to be a servant of God. many times we're proven how provider of God excludes worship of the rest, “privilege” particularly, and every little thing that incorporates it, specially funds and the buildup of wealth. Jesus is apparent in naming cash and privilege because the largest stumbling blocks status within the manner of serving God. nobody can serve these masters even as. we won't serve either God and a wealthy, privileged existence within the brain of Jesus. despite how not easy we may possibly attempt to use one to sanctify and justify using the opposite, Jesus finds easily, “If you're keen on one, you hate and despise the opposite” (Matt. 19:21). rather a lot in order that those that dangle to and worship their privileged prestige have as a lot likelihood of having on the subject of God as a camel attempting to stuff itself in the course of the eye of a needle. In different phrases, fats probability. The priesthood of the folks seeks provider, now not privilege. the second one outstanding distinction among the priesthood of the folk and the priesthood of privilege is that of inclusiveness. an important a part of each privileged staff is the perfect it reserves as holy to exclude someone and everybody not like it. Privileged teams of fellows around the world will visit their graves doing every little thing of their energy to exclude ladies and minorities, except each person now not made of their snapshot and likeness, someone who may possibly threaten all that they carry sacred and mystery. whereas the ordination of girls is inevitable within the Catholic Church, within the vehemently offended phrases of the Church Fathers, that might take place basically over their useless our bodies. having said that, it's going to occur, and given the typical age of the Church Fathers, it’s prone to ensue much prior to they think. If loss of life is what it takes for the Holy Spirit to be reborn back within the Catholic Church, then that may ensue through the grace of God. Exclusiveness has develop into a divine legislation in Catholicism’s priesthood of privilege, an important a part of the sacrament of Holy Orders. It’s no longer an issue in any respect, the Church Fathers proclaim, of no longer desirous to ordain girls, it’s simply that God won’t allow them to. It’s God who, for a few mysteriously divine cause, doesn't intend for girls to workout their priesthood within the Catholic Church. they are saying that except girls isn't really their priestly proposal, it’s God’s divine revelation. No ladies allowed. Ever. like any particular societies who develop into legislation unto themselves, so, too, do the Church Fathers turn into legislation unto themselves in tough an solely male priesthood; and so, too, do they determine their sexist ideals because the infallible will of God. having said that, few Catholics think in a sexist God, and so much Catholic theologians are revealing that the God of Jesus Christ had no such solely sexist reason in any respect. there's not anything divine within the revelation of the Church Fathers that girls has to be banned from priesthood.

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