CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
Nuns ask Pope to silence Ratzinger
Episcopal News Service 2000-186
(ENS) Last fall, they were protesting a Vatican silencing. This fall,
they're calling for one.
The National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) has written an open
letter to Pope John Paul II, asking him to silence the prefect for the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,
just as he did Sister Jeannine Gramick in 1999 for refusing to say if she
agreed with the church's position on the "intrinsic evil" of homosexual
"In your encyclical, That all May Be One (1995), you asked, `What
changes need to be made in the exercise of papal authority that could make
the papal office a source of unity rather than division among Christians?',"
the letter said. "We would like you to consider silencing Cardinal
At a recent annual board meeting in Mankato, Minnesota, the group
expressed dismay that Dominus Iesus, recently published by the CDF, might
undo "the progress of four decades of interfaith dialogue and experience."
In his 1995 encyclical, they tell the Pope, "you moved us toward
deeper ecumenical dialogue. So we are appalled by Cardinal Ratzinger's
issuing of Dominus Iesus which is contradictory to your openness and
invitation to dialogue . . Cardinal Ratzinger sees the goal of dialogue as
the conversion of the other party. This attitude creates barriers to
dialogue and fosters religious arrogance and bigotry."
The letter contrasts the Pope's encyclical with Dominus Iesus,
"where humility appears to be replaced by haughtiness and love
for the truth by as certitude of possessing the fullness of the truth".
The letter also called on theologians teaching at Catholic colleges and
universities to refuse to seek permission to teach theology from their local
bishop, as required by the instruction Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and applauded the
stand of Sister Jeannine Gramick in choosing to be faithful to her
--Based on a report by Patsy McGarry in The Irish Times..
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