Monday, November 27, 2006

To the nunnery

Time has a nice piece on the growing interest in religious life among young women today, in contrast to the so-called "Spirit of Vatican II" nuns who have always seemed to me more interested in proving to the secular world their full embrace of its definitions of womanhood, femininity, and liberation rather than Christ's. Young people today seem to be intuiting that if it's not for Christ and His Church, then why bother with polyester nun-suits and bad perms? The one good thing that postmodern feminism gave us is the sense that almost any expression of femininity is worth something; so with no principle to exclude celibate religious life, we'll have to see if the marketplace gives this boost in women's religious life any lasting buoyancy.