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Nuns Become Catholic

Timothy Kincaid

September 9th, 2009

USA Today

Ten Maryland nuns — almost an entire religious community — converted from the Episcopal Church to Catholicism on Thursday, saying their former denomination had become too liberal in its acceptance of homosexuality.

To which my first thought was, “There are Episcopal nuns?”

Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Eugene Sutton said in a statement that “despite the sadness we feel in having to say farewell, our mutual joy is that we remain as one spiritual family of faith, one body in Christ.”

Well, except for the lesbians of course. They need to stay chaste and, oh I don’t know, become nuns maybe.

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Alex
September 9th, 2009 | LINK

In other words, they’re leaving a denomination that welcomes gay people in favor of one that protects child molesters.

Thom
September 9th, 2009 | LINK

Alex, your comment was overly-simplistic on both ends of the spectrum.

This story is really “non-news,” as the Order itself was Anglo-Catholic, having much more in common with the doctrines of Rome than the doublespeak of Canterbury.

Additionally, 2 of the sisters did not “swim the Tiber,” as it were, although they will continue on in the convent as Episcopal nuns.

Leonard Drake
September 9th, 2009 | LINK

Well, forgive my overly-simplistic statement, in regard to the two sisters of the cloth: f**k ‘em.

Gina9223
September 9th, 2009 | LINK

Well, if they ever feel that the Catholic fatih isn’t conservative enough I guess they can go be Mormon nuns.

mikeksf
September 10th, 2009 | LINK

Or Baptist nuns

cowboy
September 10th, 2009 | LINK

A Mormon Nun: will not only be married now but also in the next life and perpetually pregnant by the “quiver-full” and easily recognized by their gingham habits.

A Mormon Monk: a gay man who has a Temple Recommend. (meaning: no drinking/smoking, no caffeine and absolutely no sex.)

Oh gee…I could be a Mormon Monk. All I need to qualify for a Temple Recommend: Quit my drinking Mountain Dew.

John
September 10th, 2009 | LINK

cowboy,

I thought it was an absolute requirement that all tithes be fully paid to get a temple recommend? And are you really wiling to give up Mountain Dew? I have my doubts.

cowboy
September 10th, 2009 | LINK

John,

I’d start paying my 10 percent starting the minute I hold that plastic Recommend in my hands. I am assuming my LDS Bishop wouldn’t ask for me to retroactively pay my tithing…?

And…you’re probably right. I get the worst caffeine withdrawal headaches and I would not want to be pulled over for possible DWI (Driving Without the Influence) of Mtn. Dew.

toujoursdan
September 10th, 2009 | LINK

This has been coming for a long time. The gay issue was merely the last straw; women’s ordination was more of a problem for them (once women could serve the church as priests, it made being a nun seem even more unnecessary, though the roles are somewhat different.)

Fortunately for them there are no property issues like there are for breakaway parishes. The property never belonged to the diocese in the first place.

There are both Episcopal monks and nuns. The Order of the Holy Cross lost their monastery and retreat house in Santa Barbara to one of the California wildfires last year.

Ephilei
September 14th, 2009 | LINK

As long as the Anglican Church doesn’t split, switching I think is fine. You have to understand that many Anglicans are already Catholic in all but name – Anglicanism between the “middle road” between Catholicism and Protestantism. Likewise, some Anglicans are Protestant in all but name. The gay issue may really be an excuse.

i used to go to the Daily Office at an Episcopal Church were nuns led the prayers.

And consider that many, many nuns are closeted lesbians. Their orientation is their calling to be celibate. Could be reaction formation in work.

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