I just caught a headline about the Pope closing down an “irregular monastery” in Rome. It appears that the monk/sisters there might have been celebrating their love for Christ in ways that the Pope and the Vatican were not overly comfortable.
According to the article there was “evidence of liturgical and financial irregularities” in addition to conduct not acceptable for monastic life.
Among other transgressions, one of the nuns there used to be a lap dancerand then fell in love with Jesus and converted to serving Jesus. Part of her transformation was to dance for Jesus with some of the other nuns.
So, now the Pope has closed down the monastery which was quite historic.
Clearly there is far more to the story than this short news clip can share. And perhaps there were some financial irregularities at the monastery too.
But how sad that the Vatican cannot embrace that someone has so much love for the Divine that they wish to dance about it? There is something very deeply flawed about this. Must a person completely shut themselves down to feeling any joy in their body to be a lover of Jesus Christ? How sad this is!
I walked away from the Catholic Church in my mid-twenties, for many reasons. One of the greatest reasons was that I did not feel any spirituality there, any connection with the Divine that helped me cultivate a love for the Sacredness of all.
Reading this piece about the Pope closing down a monastery that was being creative in drawing people to God and the Catholic Church just further confirms how much the Church needs to wake up and join the 21st century.
Sigh… I guess the good news is that many of us have found a spirituality that is alive, and kicking and helps us truly Celebrate life… in it’s fullest… far away from the suppressed ways of the Old Church.
Yay for that!
I just hope that the Dancing Nun can continue her dancing wherever she is sent. I’m tempted to write her a letter and let her know that anytime she wants to come and dance with me or any of my spiritual sisters, she is really welcome! I’d love to learn from her and her joy for the Divine!