The Unspoken Truth of the State of Religious Life
It is time we laity call out these religious orders by name and help Our Mother clean house. We cannot remain silent any longer. Look at the faithful in the Archdiocese of Newfoundland at what they are enduring. Every single Church is for sale because of the actions of a religious order decades ago. Timr for action.
It's so sad to hear about these horrendous abuses and I'm so sorry you had to go through that! Christina, do you think this has anything to do with New Age infiltration in convents? I've noticed that many women religious are into the New Age. I'll give two examples.
Many, many years ago, I left the Church and claimed to be "spiritual but not religious." (Thank God and our Lady that I'm back home in the Church now!) One weekend I decided to go to on "interfaith" conference that didn't purport to be New Age, but decidedly was. It was held in Darien, IL, at the National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux, which is a place run by the Carmelite sisters. I was so appalled and shocked by the conference that I left less than a day later. Within the walls of what should be a Catholic institution, they had set up rooms with "chakra pods," engaged in a ceremony that was distinctly New Age, and other such obscenities. It was truly horrible.
More recently (just last month), I went in search of a Catholic spiritual director. I found a place in the midwest run by Dominican sisters who offered spiritual direction. At the initial consult, I was appalled that I was being pushed toward "Centering Prayer" -- a distinctly un-Catholic practice. After that I explored their website further and found articles on sacred geometry and mandalas and things such as that.
Could this, perhaps, be a contributing factor to some of the abuses you described, particularly being accused of being "too pious" or "too orthodox"?