I worked with European Latin missionaries, and when I came home, my local church was preparing to receive a new archbishop. I met new people at the chancery, one a modern sister who finally admitted to me that they were indeed ‘chipping at the hierarchy’. This time frame was 1975. She later left the religious life and became a mayor of a small town in a rural area of the state.
I stayed at a retreat house with sisters from a local congregation, and they were highly educated with great social skills. They wanted to be more independent, have a job, and wear executive business clothes. In time, several of them left…have you heard what happened to the Immaculate Heart sisters in L A, and what the Carl Jung sensitivity training sessions did to their order? Sensitivity training sessions were the ‘in’ thing in the late 60’s and 70’s…a Jesuit shared with me his experience in Chicago with Saul Alinsky…it is all about breaking down your psychological and moral foundations, so you can be more you and provide authentic change to society to make it better. President Obama was a student of Saul’s.
The sisters who remained in the archdiocese then began demanding, in constant, weekly pressure that they were called to priestly ordination. Some got on vocation boards to decide which man could enter the seminary and those who couldn’t…one was asked by these sisters his stand on ordination. Everything was going OK, he thought. He replied it was OK with him, just let the Pope decide. And then the interview ended and that was the end of him…they were looking for those in the groove, open to change.
The pro women ordination sisters had a strong hold on the diocese. Finally, a priest friend of mine was appointed chancellor. The sisters had a meeting with the clergy, demanding priestly ordination, as well as the gradual ceasing of daily Mass. Strange…they don’t want to be spiritual mothers, but fathers, and yet also deny daily Heavenly Food to their children if they were priests.
After settling in office, the young chancellor had these sisters removed.
There are a number of women who inquired into women religious apostolic houses, but got a sense these places were not leading them to true religious life and the way to heaven. A number of women married, but carry heavy crosses, and pray most deeply for the church and clergy, their children and the world through Adoration, catechesis, serving the sick and dying and living a simple life. We pray ongoing for vocations.
Finally, I moved out of state and considered homeschooling. I met a woman who did it some time ago and we conversed. She told me years ago she was a New Ager. She went to a meeting in Seattle. The main spokesperson was a Catholic sister. She told the audience that the Catholics would be shocked at how many cult practices were being done in convents across the country.
Did you wonder why it has been said that if you want your children to keep their Catholic faith, to keep them out of Catholic schools? My previous one was excellent, with daily Mass. Mine went to several here, and the main focus was worldly success and compromise of the faith that embraces the cross, prays and fast.