The saintly Sr. Margaret - and her episcopal detractor

“She is a kind, soft-spoken, humble, caring, spiritual woman whose spot in Heaven was reserved years ago,” a doctor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix wrote. “The idea that she could be ex-communicated after decades of service to the Church and humanity literally makes me nauseated.”

“True Christians, like Sister Margaret, understand that real life is full of difficult moral decisions and pray that they make the right decision in the context of Christ’s teachings. Only a group of detached, pampered men in gilded robes on a balcony high above the rest of us could deny these dilemmas.”

These paragaphs come from a column in The New York Times written by Nicholas D. Kristof and hardens a perception of our church hierarchy today, adding another nail into its evangelical coffin.

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Might I add, a perception sadly earned over a considerable period of time.


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