Friday, December 21, 2012
Wisdom's Well is Poisoned
If one goes to the website of Wisdom's Well, where two Catholic nuns have gotten in a bit of trouble for their teachings, all the usual suspects are on display - Centering Prayer, Sinsinawa Dominicans, connections with Holy Wisdom Monastery (where the "Mass" is renamed "Sunday Assembly"), and essentially anything and everything but authentic Catholic spirituality.
I'm sorry, but I just don't understand - one can hold firmly to their beliefs without having to jettison them altogether into some kind of mushy "whatever works for you" kind of relativistic spirituality. Have the courage to stand firm in your beliefs, whatever they are. Be authentic in them, as best you can - but enough of this diluted spiritual mush passing for spirituality these days.
As a couple of the members of this Wisdom's Well group are supposedly Catholic nuns, I was glad to see that they were reprimanded for what they are doing as Catholic nuns. It baffles me how people who hold these opinions and beliefs belong to the Church, a Church that they seem to disagree with at any and every turn, attempting a kind of subversion and spiritual decay from the inside of it.
But as a good friend once pointed out, this kind of movement within the Church exists possibly because of the notion that they think they are truly Catholic, and are doing the right thing. Reading some of the commentary on the National Catholic Reporter, one can see that this is sort of the case - supporters of Wisdom's Well and other groups like it think they are doing the right thing.
But at the bottom of it all, all this dissident catholicism is one crucial thing - lack of trust. The Church is now viewed almost in a secular way - it is not guided by the Holy Spirit, but rather guided by men. It is not a divine institution, but a sham of one. These kinds of views are what I find in my perusals.
Jesus is being set up against the Church, as if He never instituted it, or it fell away somewhere along the way, or whatever else. He has become a way, a truth, a life.
Regardless, I'm glad that the Church has stepped in when it comes to Wisdom's Well. It's time for this kind of false ecumenism to stop - outside the Church is a different story altogether; but when one is a professed Catholic?