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Not by a long shot – despite what some revisionist scholars would have us believe. Indeed, in Scripture, women represent the soul in union with God. Beginning in Genesis, it's clear that women were vocal and active. We know their names – such as Miriam, Esther, Judith, Hannah, and Susanna – and their stories.
In 1964 there were 180,000 religious; today there are 67,000. The effects of this tragic loss on the Church can hardly be exaggerated, especially on hospitals and schools. How and why did it happen? Is the Vatican to blame? The Second Vatican Council? The American bishops? Feminism and the sexual revolution? The sisters' own leadership?
You already you’re your kids need the "three R's." But you might want to add three more subjects from the school of Nazareth: silence, to combat the noise of the world; a community of love and sharing, for which there is no substitute; and the discipline of work, which builds confidence and self-reliance.
In the wake of 9/11, the nasty subject of torture has become a topic of heated public debate. What should Catholics think about the intentional infliction of pain? The answer is not easy, but it helps to go back over our own less-than-perfect history and also to draw out some important distinctions.