The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition.
Nuns were the often-unsung workers who helped build the Roman Catholic Church in this country, planting schools and hospitals and keeping parishes humming. But for the last three decades, their numbers have been declining ‚ÄĒ to 60,000 today from 180,000 in 1965.
While some nuns say they are grateful that the Vatican is finally paying attention to their dwindling communities, many fear that the real motivation is to reel in American nuns who have reinterpreted their calling for the modern world....
Article Quote: "The bishops said that Catholics should stop practicing Reiki, a healing therapy that is used in some Catholic hospitals and retreat centers, and which was enthusiastically adopted by many nuns. The bishops said Reiki is both unscientific and non-Christian."
If so-called "christians" want to do non-Christian therapy(Reiki, or anything like this), they need to join a Shinto or Tao religous group instead of infiltrating the body of Christ--the church. This stuff has no place in the Christian's life. Of course, the RCC has already allowed unbiblical practice inside it for many centuries. So these nuns should repent or be excommunicated. The same applies to people in the Protestant churches also. Repent or leave. The New Testament alread tells us what to do to minister healing(James 5) and Reiki is not the method. God says "Touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you."
No, there was never a Pope Joan. However, there were some whores who had great power in the 8 or 900's and even their sons became popes. So it isn't true, The lady was a pope, these women weren't ladies,
"Pope Sergius III (904-11) enjoyed sex with underaged girls. According to the historian Baronius, Sergius III was "the slave of every vice". When he was 45, Sergius took a 15- year-old mistress - the affair produced a son who went on to become Pope John XI."
"Nuns practicing reiki and running church reform groups may have finally proved too much for the church‚Äôs male hierarchy, said Kenneth Briggs.... Briggs said of the various investigations: ‚ÄúFor some in the leadership circles in Rome and elsewhere, it‚Äôs a piece of unfinished business. It‚Äôs an effort to bring about a re-establishment of a very traditional, very conservative set of standards for what convent life is supposed to be.‚ÄĚ"
Looks as if the Vatican has run smack into a modern feminist revolution in the Convent. Women in leadership, ordaining female priests, and discarding the black habit. This is anarchy?
It's interesting that the real problem which is attacking the RCC is not just a few breakaway nuns but the cracks appearing in the whole organisation. Identifying with the old brigade of popes, cardinals, priest or nuns is not going to happen. the problem is growing and the next generation will change these old "habits" even more. Wonder when the first female pope will arrive?