Media happily supporting idealized image of Catholic sisters that hasn’t existed for a generation

“This spin,” she said, “is omnipresent, always interesting, and often unintentionally comic. But however maliciously intended, I think it contains an element of nostalgia. It proves the irresistible attraction of goodness. Not even the liberal mainstream media can fail to see its beauty.”

Dressed in a flowing habit and devoting her life to educating children and building hospitals, or gliding serenely down spotless convent hallways and singing Gregorian chant in Latin: the classic image of the nun is less stereotype than it is archetype, a cultural icon of everything good and holy and true, and it is as much beloved by media as it is by Catholics.

Steichen told LSN that the only trouble with this picture is that the “good sisters” made in the image of this archetype are mostly an artifact of U.S. history and are now nearly extinct. LCWR represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 religious sisters in the U.S., with an average age of 74 and climbing. With the exception of a handful of young, deliberately faithful, countercultural, and largely recently-founded communities, the LCWR nuns and sisters have abandoned not only the habit that symbolized their devotion, but the faith that defined it, she said.

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Ungodly Rage (E-Book) – The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism

rageBy Matt C. Abbott

In light of the recent story about notorious pro-abortion nun Donna Quinn’s “moonlighting” as an abortion mill escort — deathscort would be a more appropriate term, actually — and in light of Rome’s doctrinal investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, I offer the following lengthy excerpt of Catholic author Donna Steichen’s book Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism.

Although published in 1991, much of Mrs. Steichen’s excellent analysis of radical feminism’s infiltration into the Church is still timely and thought-provoking. Thanks to Mrs. Steichen and Mark Brumley of Ignatius Press for allowing me to reprint this material (minus footnotes).

The more things “change,” the more they stay the same, indeed.

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