At the end of this month, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet to formulate a response to a Vatican trap whose cunning is best appreciated within the long tradition of religious authorities who craft impossible dilemmas for those they perceive as threats.
Last week, I caught up with Kathleen Turner to talk about going from Broadway to movies and back again, crawling up Steve Martin's leg to get a part, Warren Beatty pursuing her and why she took on her latest role in The Perfect Family.
Jansen struggled with the preposterous idea that ghosts may actually exist, but as the supernatural experiences piled up, he also could not accept any conclusion to the contrary. He wondered, "Why was I resisting both belief and non-belief?"
Do most of us believe that the bishops are the only "authentic teachers of faith and morals?" The sisters may be the most positive face of the Catholic Church today, and they are keeping people in the Church who would have given up on the all-male hierarchy long ago.
It is one thing to demand fealty to Catholic church principles from grant recipients; it is quite another to insist that these groups cannot in any way be associated with other organizations that do not adhere to the church's teachings.