On Catholicism

As someone working to transform and change the concepts of ‘a nun’ and ‘the church,’ I have no problem with the term nun or the title that goes with it. The women’s movement reclaimed “sisterhood” for all women. So the Catholic Church cannot claim ownership and coopt the term “sister.” On the other hand, I am also comfortable with the idea that the Catholic Church might have to get rid of terms such as nun, priest, and even pope in order to be open to the creative possibility of a nonhierarchical, nonpatriarchal church…The true church, as I see it, would represent the full range of human diversity and promote equal status among the faithful.

–Sister Sojourner Truth, in “Mary Don’t You Weep: A Feminist Nun’s Vocation”

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3 Responses to On Catholicism

  1. Darth Paul says:

    “in order to be open to the creative possibility of a nonhierarchical, nonpatriarchal church”

    Nice fantasy. Unfortunately, the very definition of the catholic church (NOT catholic identity) is hierarchy and patriarchy…basically, the church is satrap of Patriarchy, and we know by now their zero-sum ideas of power.

  2. ivyleaves says:

    All churches and organized religions sre just means of social control for the patriarchy. Catholicism is merely one flavor of the variety.

  3. Captain Kroc says:

    It is upon us to change the church, not to abandon it

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