Catholic Bishops denounces Sr Elizabeth Johnson’s book,
Quest for a Living God,
as “Distorting” and “Misleading”
is it required reading in our schools and institutes of ministry and
Everyone has an opinion and there’s “free speech” under certain rigid circumstances, even if free speech may not permit honesty or the best interests of the common good. But where do we have to draw the line?
Does everyone have the guaranteed right to say anything at all about anything? Almost everyone writes books today on practically every subject…and a lot of it is trash, we admit, but what if some of the trash leaks into places where it can make a wrong impression? Like schools and colleges? What then? Shouldn’t educators be held to a very high standard of honesty, accuracy, integrity.
What about people in the public eye? Public figures. Teachers.
Professors. Spokespersons? Don’t they have a special responsibility to exercise care and discretion? Don’t we…shouldn”t we hold them to a higher standard because of their visibility? Well, that’s all good ‘on paper.’ And in our permissive, liberal, licentious culture of lies, greed, self-centeredness, and spiritual death everyone jumps on Satan’s bandwagon.
This is just as true for nuns and priests as it is for tabloid authors.
In a recent statement the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has condemed a book written by a female religious, a Roman Catholic nun, a “sister of St Joseph”, Katherine Johnson, who teaches at Fordham (Yeah, the Jesuit university. Surprised?). The bishops’ statement is clear: the book is “misleading” and it “distorts Catholic teaching.” The USCCB committee goes on to say the statement was issued publicly due to the book’s departure from Catholic theological tradition as well as “the fact that the book is directed primarily to an audience of non-specialist readers and is being used as a textbook for study of the doctrine of God.” This is expecially insidious, since the students using the book do not have the knowledge that allows them to discern the distortions and departures from revealed Truth.