Catholic nuns after Vatican II

In a recent comment here I wrote:

“My point was that women are clearly no more moral than men. Arguably they are the weaker vessel. I suspect the reason why women are rightly excluded from religious authority in the Catholic tradition is precisely for this reason.

I don’t believe fewer women than men will reach Heaven or that they will be in lower places. But I do think women have more difficulty in finding the moral path on their own.”

 

A good illustration of this principle is the behaviour of the orders of Catholic nuns after Vatican II. Nuns were particularly hard hit by Vatican II. I suspect this was because their role was less clear after the council. The role of the laity had become more valourised and many of the nuns’ functions were being replaced by secular professionals. Priests had a lot of role uncertainty too. But they still had the sacraments to administer.

Be that as it may, nuns made an effort to free themselves of their traditional masculine oversight. Many of them took a sharply feminist turn, particularly in America. Their theology became less and less recognisably Catholic and more and more feckless and incoherent. In short, in the absence of male authority, they drifted.

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