August 12, 2012

Pick a side

The New York Times reports on a recent nuclear security breach - the worst in our nation's history.  You have to watch those nuns.  They don't put up with much, and there's no holding them back (“we’re free as larks,” Sister Rice said).

I rather like them, but the Vatican is not pleased:
The Vatican’s “doctrinal assessment,” issued in April, accused the nuns of a host of transgressions, including featuring speakers at conferences who did not adhere sufficiently to Catholic beliefs, advancing “radical feminist themes,” permitting “corporate dissent” on church teachings against birth control and homosexuality, and being silent in the church’s fight against abortion and same-sex marriage while pouring energy into working for the poor and disenfranchised.
Funny thing: I've been through the New Testament a number of times, and don't recall any mention of these doctrinal assessments.  A quirk in the translations, perhaps?  But that document is very clear about pouring energy into working for the poor and disenfranchised.  And that clarity, undiminished for two millenia, will remain long after this regime and its "assessors" have passed from the scene.

In this modern world it's often best to avoid taking sides.  One can be apathetically neutral in the name of intellectual honesty, telling oneself that it's important to stay objective, not get too caught up in things.

But sometimes a rooting interest, at least, is appropriate.

I say:  Go Nuns!


Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Don't get me started on that church...

August 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger First Sea Lord said...

It is difficult to stay on an opinion diet when an organization with a billion members sets itself up as the unquestionable word of God.

August 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Corresponding Secretary General said...

When it's tough to form an opinion, I ask myself this question: do I side with the person taking care of poor sick people or the person wearing hideous Prada shoes.

August 14, 2012 at 5:40 PM  

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