Rabbi Challenges the Catholic Church
Rarely do heads of religious institutions engage in heated arguments these days in America. We have come to expect a certain level of neutrality, some objectivity and a careful amount of diplomacy in all situations. We look to our faith leaders to demonstrate the highest level of respect for one another, and model the behavior we are all taught to show for one another in our country, which is such a unique example of a religiously free democracy.
Usually that happens. Not always.
In a rare display of public concern for the religious freedom of American Roman Catholic women and possibly all Roman Catholic women, an American Jewish rabbi called for change within the Catholic Church. In response to the harsh treatment of our American Roman Catholic nuns, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., founder of the earth-loving, justice- seeking, peace-promoting Shalom Center in Philadelphia, wrote a Shalom Center Report Letter initially intended for his community, criticizing the Roman Catholic leadership for its harsh treatment of our nuns , whom he holds up as champions of social justice. [more]