NZ Bishops Fighting over a Woman?

Back in July, we all read this from the Land of the Lond White Cloud:

The Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, Barry Jones, is opposing a visit by a controversial feminist nun from the United States.

He has written to priests saying that next week’s visit by Benedictine nun Sister Joan Chittister is unauthorised.

Permission for the event had not been sought or given, and Jones did not want it promoted through Catholic churches.

“The point is that silence generates the misunderstanding that this is all approved, when it’s not. I have made my position clear to the priests,” he said.

Now we read this from Wel-com, the Catholic Newspaper for the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses:

Sophia welcomed Archbishop John Dew’s ‘mature approach’ in sanctioning Sr Joan Chittister’s visit to the diocese. We affirmed his openness to the many contemporary views of church in this post modern world and how they kindle the growth of personal and communal spirituality.

Do I detect some dissension in the ranks of the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference?

The article concludes with this tantalising cliff-hanger to get you to read the next exciting edition of Wel-com: “Next month we will look at Joan Chittister’s seven deadly sins.” We wait with baited breath…

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