Not only are they unequal, but the Catholyc’s version is make-believe.
A teachable moment, courtesy of the dissentive Jaime Manson and the National Catholic Distorter.
Last night, “PBS NewsHour” dedicated a segment into the Vatican takeover of LCWR. They interviewed two women of opposing views on the issue. Supporting LCWR was Jeannine Fletcher Hill, a professor specializing in feminist theology at Fordham University. Supporting the Vatican was Donna Bethell, a lawyer who serves as the chairman of the board at Christendom College.
The college’s website boasts, “Catholicism is the ‘air that we breathe,’ ” and “Academic excellence takes the Magisterium as its guide.”
When Ms. Bethell isn’t singing the praises of the Latin Mass and the curia, she is deeply committed to denying climate change. In addition to serving on the board of Christendom, she also serves on the board of the Sandia National Laboratories, a company that aids the U.S. with the development of nuclear weapons. No. 1 on Sandia’s five-point mission is “ensuring the [nuclear] stockpile is safe, secure, reliable, and can support the United States’ deterrence policy.”
In addition, Ms. Bethell’s husband, Thomas Bethell, who serves as senior editor of the American Spectator, spends his time not only denying climate change, but also denying evolution and, if you can imagine, the belief that HIV causes AIDS.
So, between Ms. Bethell and her husband, we have three significant conflicts with church doctrine on battling climate change, nuclear disarmament and evolution. And yet, Ms. Bethell gets awarded the post of director of the board at Christendom and is allowed to publicly defend the Vatican against nuns who supposedly contradict or ignore the church’s teaching.
The Vatican’s double standard on dissent is breathtaking.
Believably, some commenters actually agree with her.
What’s breathtaking – but not surprising – is the spurious claim that such issues are doctrinal – well, they are if you’re a liberal left-wing Catholyc. Such thinking (or lack thereof) is par for the course at the Distorter – forever knocking down Christ’s Church in order to create one in their image. No wonder they are so supportive of the LCWR.