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Lesbian Nuns

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Margie Scribner

on 20 May 2010

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church Vows Particular Friendships Sexuality, Lesbian Nuns, and the Second Vatican Council particular friendships Breaking the Silence our lady of the mississippi abbey obedience stability conversion of life "We vow to live a simple, celibate life according to the customs of our monastery, and to be always open to change and grow...Above all, we must always be willing to ask forgiveness, to change our way of thinking and behaving, and to learn new and more loving ways of being toward other people and toward God" Postulant Novice Junior Professed Solemn Professed Catholic
Children >18 "While in the convent, I fought my need for masturbation. It was harder fighting [particular friendships]. I never knew they meant “queer.” If I knew then what I know now, I probably wouldn’t have lasted a year." “Vigorously discouraged”
“Unnatural” (but not uncommon)
“Criminal” Women who choose to enter into the religious life are motivated by a number of deeply personal reasons including a strong desire to live and work among a community of like-minded women. homosocial
“particular friendship” can be “used interchangeably with "lesbian relationship" becoming
a nun Article 2332—“Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others”
Article 2333—“...everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.” The Second Vatican Council
1962-1965 Pope John XXIII set out to “open the windows of the Church and let in some fresh air"

Dogmatic Constitution of the Church—“many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside [the] visible confines [of the Catholic Church]”

Cardinal Suenens was among the first to speak out against the exclusion of women when he noted “how odd it was” that the Council would be considering matters that would affect the whole church when half its members had been no apart of the deliberations
Celibacy is not a “condemnation or rejection of sex” —Sister Julie, "A Nun's Life" In 1981, Rosemary Curb and Nancy Manahan "broke the silence” around Lesbian nuns when they were asked to compile and edit a collection of autobiographical stories from Lesbian nuns and former nuns. The book was published in 1985

Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence is the first and only collection of first person narratives of its kind

The collection is made up of the stories nearly 50 Lesbian nuns and former nuns, the majority of whom entered the convent as teenagers between 1955 and 1965
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