She, and others known to her are claiming her innocence. Apparently, the big mean ol' bishop is imposing canonical penalties on an innocent nun who has only worked for the poor and oppressed.for no good reason. Apparently, you can break canon law, deny the teaching of the Catholic church, and disobey legitimate authority, and people will still come to your rescue if you do some good works here and there. I'm thinking, somewhere in the Loopy La-La-Land of Liberalism, she completely lost her natural born mind.
They even have the gall to call her a faithful Catholic! Faithful in what? Being unfaithful? Considering the ideas of many Catholics nowadays, I think disobedience is the new obedience.
Of course, NCR had to spin the story, to make it seem like big mean ol' Archbishop Burke (Who is in league with the oppressive mean ol' Vatican!) picked on a little, innocent nun who's spent almost her whole life serving the poor.
Even worse, she says she was shocked that such penalties were imposed. For crying out loud! they TOLD HER months beforehand what what happen if she did it, and she did it anyway. That's like a mass murderer being shocked that he gets arrested and four consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years, after he was told what he'll get if he murders people.
Lastly. her "Spirituality of Nonviolence" thing sounds like nothing but a bunch of new age junk, with no grounding in the teachings of the church.
My Rant Is Over.
The St. Louis Archdiocese says:
"As a result of his judgment of the case, Archbishop Burke has also imposed the following canonical penalties upon Sister Louise Lears: 1) the penalty of interdict and 2) the prohibition of receiving any mission in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, effective immediately. Interdict prohibits the reception of the Sacraments. The prohibition of receiving any mission prohibits the holding of any Church position or the exercise of any apostolate of the Church in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.Let's all pray that she comes to repentance. Seriously.
The penalties are imposed for the purpose of bringing Sister Louise Lears to repentance for the delicts which she has committed and to reconciliation with the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Burke expressed his sadness in imposing the canonical penalties which were necessitated by the refusal of Sister Louise Lears, even after repeated admonitions, to withdraw her statements and repudiate her conduct which have constituted grave delicts in the Church. The Archbishop asks all of the faithful of the Archdiocese to pray for the reconciliation of Sister Louise Lears with the Church."