Where’s Joan?

I noticed the Adrian Dominicans as one of the nineteen religious communities selected for direct visitation. But not the Erie Benedictines? What’s wrong with this investigation?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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7 Responses to Where’s Joan?

  1. Joyce Donahue says:

    Well, she is a known quantity – she is so public, there is no mistaking where she stands (pun intended). The Adrians are more subtly subversive. The ones I know change the gender in all the readings for the Office – now they are about to get caught! :-)

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    Oooo, they change the gender in the office reading: nothing could be more subversive than that. Off with their heads!

  3. Sister Marie says:

    The communities being visited aren’t chosen according to faithfulness or lack of, but to gather a large sampling of various communities: Small, large, habits, no habits, teaching, nursing, social justice, parish ministry, dominican, franciscan, benedictine…

    The communities listed in NCR a few months ago as being visited are only the LCWR communities who chose to have their names published. While it is an accurate list, it is not complete.

    I wouldn’t call it an investigation. That wording was started by the communities you seem to think need help to begin with. We should always use the language of the Church. They are calling this an apostolic visitation and so should we.

    Let us pray that this visitation does correct the wrongs that are happening in religious life and that women religious can be more faithful to our Holy Church.

  4. Jimmy Mac says:

    Women religious need to be faithful to Jesus Christ. If “our Holy Church” is also that, then there should be no problem.

    One can and does question “our Holy Church” in her degree of faithfulness to Jesus, however.

  5. Sam Schmitt says:

    We profess in the Creed each Sunday that the Church is “holy.”

    I’d be careful about putting oneself up as a judge of the holiness of the Church.

  6. Michael says:

    I’d be careful about believing that the Catholic Church, which is the creation of human beings, is anything other than a human institution.

  7. Jimmy Mac says:

    Matthew 7:16

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