Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nun Barred from Teaching Catechetics

Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk

Archbishop of Cincinnati

Here is a story about a Sister of Charity nun who has been barred by the Archbishop of Cincinnati from teaching cathehetics - this due to her public support of women's ordination. Do you think that clergy, religious or Catholic laity should be barred from teaching the faith when they hold views that contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church?

From the National Catholic Reporter >

Archbishop explains why he barred nun-catechist

The decision by the archbishop of Cincinnati to bar Sister of Charity Louise Akers from teaching catechetics on behalf of the archdiocese because of her public support of women's ordination in the Catholic church has "garnered international attention" for the archbishop and the sister, according to a report by The Catholic Telegraph, the official organ of the archdiocese.

“Questions have been raised about the role of a diocesan bishop and the teaching of catechetics in his diocese,” Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk told The Catholic Telegraph Sept. 3. “It is a bishop’s responsibility to provide authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in his diocese. Persons who are not in accord with the teaching of the church should not expect to be allowed to teach catechetical leaders or others in the name of the church.”

Her public position, he told the newspaper, is in defiance of the church’s teaching.

“We don’t hire people to teach only infallible doctrine; we hire people to teach what’s in the Catechism of the Catholic Church,” he explained. “As a result, Sister Louise may not teach in the name of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati or at any venue for which the archdiocese is responsible.”

Akers joined the Sisters of Charity in 1960. Since 1979, she had served in a number of archdiocesan posts related to the Social Action Office and had been frequent teacher on justice issues the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization as well as an adjunct and visiting professor at Mount St. Joseph and at Xavier University..

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1 comment:

Brother Juniper said...


I think that Archbishop Pilarczyk made the correct decision and all bishops should follow his example because teaching things contrary to the Faith imperils people's souls.

Years ago, there was a big hullabaloo out here because a group of sedevacantist nuns believed began to believe in the pope. In order forestall them, their "bishop" threw them out because he didn't want them to corrupt the students at the school. At the time, of course, I thought he was absolutely nuts. Then I thought better of his decision.

Hopefully, more bishops will follow Pilarczyk's example.