This will be the second time I’ve written about nuns on this blog, but at least this time it doesn’t involve underage dancers dressing as nuns. I don’t want to tell you the disturbing amount of people who search for “nun strippers” and stumble across my blog in disappointment. Anyway to get back on topic, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is currently under investigation by the Vatican and it is being led by 3 bishops. The question is Why?
Apparently this group, which represents about 80% of U.S. nuns, was not spending sufficient amount of effort and time on sexuality and gender issues and too much time on social justice issues (1). I usually find that social justice issues tend to encompass issues of gender and sexuality, so this accusation seems quite baseless to me. It seems that the Vatican is afraid that these nuns are too feminist or radical, and they need to spend more time combating abortion and gay marriage instead of feeding the homeless. These nuns are smart enough to realize that if they start promoting their an anti-gay, anti-abortion agenda over the charitable work they do, they will alienate and scare a huge proportion of the population they wish to serve. Who will come and ask for help when they are afraid of moral judgement and punishment? I certainly wouldn’t be in line for that; I hope these talks between the Vatican and LCWR will allow these women to still be considered faithful, and feel safe to ask questions of their faith.
As some of you know I was raised Catholic, and I went to Catholic school and was taught by nuns, I even had a former nun teach me. I think it’s a complete shame for them to be lambasted like this. They already lead a life that is questioned and made fun of by most of society, but when their own Church that they have dedicated themselves to deems their actions inappropriate it is truly saddening.
On a lighter note, if this situation gets you very fired up, and makes you want to get spicy with the Catholic Church for the sake of some questioning nuns, then I have a recipe for you! This one is super easy too!
I’ve been really into making flavored butters lately, hence the last post about possibly making a bone marrow butter, so this is my spicy butter.
- 2-3 tbsp of softened butter
- 1 chile from canned chipolte peppers in adobo sauce, minced. *
*If you’re afraid this chile will be too spicy, you can always seed it and then mince it. The seeds carry the majority of the heat. I like to leave the seeds, but this is just my preference.
This goes great on an array of goodies. I like melting this on top of some grilled shrimp along with a good squeeze of lemon juice. i think this would be a good with some grilled corn the cob as well.