Colleen Carroll Campbell Extended Interview

“What are legitimate changes…and what are changes that are really more driven by the secular culture and its values?”

 

  • Rushad

    Colleen is spot on. The word “Catholic” has a very specific meaning, and these Sisters have hijacked the Catholic label to promote values and lifestyles that are totally contrary to the Catholic Faith. They must be given credit for the good things they have done to implement some aspects of the Social Doctrine of the Church, but their failure to speak out against the fundamental injustice of abortion cannot be excused and must be corrected.

  • Lis

    I’m really confused here–so WHEN did LCWR ever make any statement in conflict with the Church’s official teaching on abortion or marriage? And the statements it made on women’s ordination were given BEFORE the Vatican’s prohibition of any discussion on women’s ordination. I don’t recall the male counterpart to LCWR ever taking a publc stand on abortion and traditional marriage, so why doesn’t the Vatican go after them? Nor has the more traditional parallel organization for conservative sisters. Something else is going on here and I’m not sure what it is. It seems like a scapegoating of the nuns in the wake of so many scandals involving churchmen.

  • Domo

    I have met thousands of religious women in the United States and other parts of the world. I have NEVER heard or seen a single instance of a religious woman being in favor of abortion. This is a serious allegations that is simply not founded on fact. The LCWR has never promoted an position against the Right to Life. LCWR supports the Right to Life but wants to promote a broader awareness about the issue; namely, that the right to life does not end with birth. I have also never heard or seen a religious woman speaking in favor of gay marriage. I do know that many wonder how the Church can teach that homosexuality is unnatural and disordered when it has been scientifically proven that homosexuality is innate and not a learned behavior. But, religious women are generally silent about that wondering in obedience to the Church that has ordered silence on that question. To imply that religious women are anti-marriage or anti-family is an absolutely false representation. In fact religious women have worked throughout the centuries to support families and provide services no one else would provide so that the poorest families could survive. None of the many highly educated religious women I know and whose works I have read try to interpret Vatican II without a careful reading of Sacred Scripture, the Vatican II Documents and all other official teachings of the Church since Vatican II. No religious women are trying to make changes in order to promote secular values. Religious women believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. They know that Jesus called women as well as men to preach the good news of the kingdom…and that this is a shared responsibility of all disciples, male and female. Many do wonder why women cannot be ordained when they are so often more well-educated, more faithful in practice, more compassionate and more effective in ministry than their brothers. Not one religious woman has been accused of sodomy or pedophilia … and we find it deplorable that our priests are capable of such actions…and that they then covered it up. But, religious women are generally silent about that wondering in obedience to the Church that has ordered silence on that question. Personally, I wonder why marriage and ordination are sacraments, but consecration is not? I have no desire to be ordained. There are many other ways to minister. Why aren’t consecration to God through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and a life dedicated to preaching the truth of the Gospel with love, deserving of any special recognition in the Catholic Church.

  • Sharon

    Using the word ‘scandal’ when talking about American NUNS is disgusting. American sisters are the best of who we are as Catholics and as citizens of the US.

  • Sharon

    American Women religious do this better than anyone I know. How are you doing with your Corporal acts of mercy, Colleen? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_fQFv00a-A&feature=related

  • Alan Aversa

    Deo gratias for orthodox Catholic women.

  • Phil

    Domo wrote: “… many wonder how the Church can teach that homosexuality is unnatural and disordered when it has been scientifically proven that homosexuality is innate…”

    No, that has NOT been scientifically proven. Remember the genome project? They never found a “gay gene”. How exactly has it been scientifically proven? And, sorry, something like “everybody knows it” won’t cut it.