Monday, October 1, 2007

When six nuns were excommunicated for taking part in a Mary Cult as reported by Time, Broadsheet contributor Carol Lloyd defended their beliefs and right to stay in the Catholic Church. However, her argument was off-target, and her readers caught on.

In Lloyd’s article, she did her best to argue that the church should be glorifying a Canadian woman who believes herself to be the reincarnation of Mary, should leave the cult alone, and called Mother Theresa a phony. That each church denomination and religion sells its own doctrine and doesn’t want heretics moving away from sanctioned thought didn’t seen to occur to Lloyd as she used satirical language to describe the event and the church.

Lloyd even goes as far as to pose the question:
Still, I can't help but be a little perplexed that the all-powerful Vatican would see fit to crush such a mild-mannered heresy: Are these guys really so threatened by a few old ladies with a Mama fixation?

The answer is, of course they are, but it has nothing to do with a mama fixation. The Catholic Church has worked to crush every heresy in the history of the church, whether it be mild-mannered or not. Hence why scientists and all of those people accused of being witches were attacked, imprisoned, and sometimes murdered for their beliefs.

Instead of seeing this event as another reason to rally for the little guy, or in this case girl, being steamrolled by a powerful international organization, the Broadsheet readers posted their own comments questioning the intent of the article and Lloyd’s research. Most agreed the church can do whatever it wants when it comes to its own religious dogma, even if it means a few old nuns get excommunicated.


Anonymous said...

personally, they did well as they are so often teased about being "mary worshippers" it is good that told them no and to get back to jesus!

Anonymous said...

"Whether a woman works outside or strictly in the home, her first priority is her family and home. We just really want to step up and provide some of these skills."
Terri Stovall, dean of women's programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which offers a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration in homemaking.
(Source: The Associated Press)

extremejustin said...

Yeah, I don't think she did much research on the Catholic Church. In the old days those nuns would have been burned at the stake. They would probably do it now but it would be hard for them to get away with it.

Wendy Withers said...

Justin, I'm not sure if it was that she didn't do her research or if she thought it would make more of an impact in a satirical style making fun of the church; it did elicit an emotional impact from me.

Anonymous II, I'm not sure how that quote fits in to what the article I commented on says.