Sunday, May 13, 2012

Galway, Kylemore Abbey (Connemara)


The more women religious conduct their good works directly among the people, the more the men religious in their hierarchies take offense, is that so?  The Benedictine nuns here have only been in residence since restoring this lovely castle in 1920, but they have had a presence in Ireland, with gaps for changes in politics, since the 17th Century.  The order originated in Ypres, Belgium.  See http://www.kylemoreabbey.com/vc_the_abbey.asp.  

The project has been a boarding school for girls and other uses.


In America, meet an alarming trend.  Other-directed nuns are seen as radical feminists if they do direct service exactly in the lines and at the times ordained by Rome.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/kristof-we-are-all-nuns.html.  The issue is not limited to practices in the United States, see http://www.theage.com.au/world/nuns-left-stunned-by-vatican-rebuke-for-radical-feminist-tendencies-20120423-1xhcm.html.  Who on earth needs the overseeing here?  See http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/Seattle-archbishop-tapped-by-Vatican-to-en-148172655.html

Today's lesson:  The poem, Worship, by Kurt Vonnegut.  Snippet:  "I don't know about you,/ but I practice a disorganized religion./  I belong to an unholy disorder./  We call ourselves,/ "Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment."  ***

Fair use, see whole at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/13/opinion/13vonnegut.html. 
Fair assessment of religion that works, vs. religion that profits.


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