what a seminarian told me today in regard to his archbishop’s (Sartain of Seattle) efforts toward the LCWR nuns. I was incensed—somewhat literally, as I was swinging a thurible at the time. But seriously, if he had said that in front of one of our beautiful LCWR nuns that have served our parish community for over 40 years, I certainly wouldn’t have stayed quiet. (via disgruntled-and-catholic)
Makes me want to throw up. Unfortunately I think the church is just going to get a lot worse, very rapidly. Most of the seminarians are like this.
All the recently ordained priests I have met told me similar things, and all of the seminarians. They made their feelings abundantly clear that they did not approve of a LCWR religious being a spiritual director, that they were nothing but a bunch of old biddies who were less than men.
It’s awful. The poor sisters had been told to their faces by men like this that they were not wanted and told me in tears how betrayed by their own Church they felt.
:( This really does make me sad. And you’re right, most of the seminarians feel this way—or at least vocalize it to fit in? Either way, yes, I agree. I only see things going more and more downhill from here. It scares me that all the VII priests are retiring (they were far from perfect, but still) and the seminarians seem especially claricalistic (is that a word?), pompous, and ‘trad-y.’
This is one of the reasons I stay up late at night worrying about the future. I expect the next fifty years of my faith life will be full of being challenged and questioned and ‘fraternally corrected.’ God bless us all…
WHat does it say about what these young men are being taught about women that a huge group of young, male, students agree that women in their 50s and 60s who have been in religious life for decades need to “put in their place” by them? What are they being taught about humility and respect for your elders? What the fuck disasters are going to befall the Catholic church as these entitled little brats becomes priests?
The pompous traditionalist attitude is also my experience when it comes to seminarians. My brother, who always seemed an extremely compassionate and honorable person, is a Catholic priest. Once he expressed profound distress at living in seminary. I wish very much I had pushed him to say more.