Time magazine, yes it is still being published, serves one useful function. It normally gives insight into how doctrinaire liberals view the world. It is often unintentionally hilarious as the writers demonstrate a cluelessness about the subject that they are writing about, which would rise to the level of Swiftian if it were intentional, instead of being the product of a mentality that cannot rise above the purely parochial mindset of the left that dominates most of those whose scribblings are published by Time. Case in point: Jo Piazza and her take on the coming extinction of liberal nuns:
Why would a generation of young women raised to believe that they can be anything join an institution that tells them there is something they absolutely cannot be, that there is a certain level they will never reach? Many of the women who are nuns today joined the vocation because it was a way to become highly educated, travel the world and dedicate themselves to a higher good without being beholden to a husband or children.
I am constantly reminded of something Sister Maureen Fiedler, a feminist and the host of the public radio program Interfaith Voices told me when I interviewed her for my book: the fact that Jesus was, and is, an “equal-opportunity employer.” He loved everyone the same.
If Catholic nuns are to survive in this country, something has to give. The Vatican needs to treat the nuns with more respect. The rules will have to evolve. Women will need to be given more power and leadership roles in the church.
Speaking at the annual LCWR assembly earlier this month, Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio described exactly what it means to be a nun today: “We are about drawing in the poor, the lonely, the marginalized, all those seeking to be part of a whole,” she said. “This is nothing more and nothing less than the most awesome vocation.
Go here to read the rest. I guess I should cut Ms. Piazza some slack as her education seems to consist of a master’s degree in religious studies from NYU, but really, could she be more adept at missing the point if she tried? Nuns have thrived from the earliest ages of Catholicism because living a lives in service as brides of Christ is a magnificent way for women to make their paths through this Vale of Tears. Since Vatican II, hordes of female religious orders have abandoned this vocation to embrace every trendy lefty cause rolling down the pike. Their orders are dying off, not because of any action of the Vatican, but because being a trendy leftist does not require being a nun. Orthodox female religious orders, completely invisible in the blinkered universe of Ms. Piazza, are doing well with vocations because being a bride of Christ does require being a nun. Contemporary liberalism, in its myopic view of the World, assumes everything is about it and is astonished when liberalism leads to the death of institutions that embrace it and ignore what the institutions are supposed to be about. As Christ said so long ago, “Where your heart is, so will your treasure be.”