Sinsinawa Dominican Nun working as an abortion clinic escortTwo Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Lynn Lisbeth and Maureen McDonnell have wondered off the path a bit too far it seems. The bishop of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, Robert Morlino sent a letter to priests in the diocese advising of his “grave concerns” over the work of the two nuns. He cited their views which stem from New Ageism and “indifferentism”. They “may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church's approach to interreligious dialogue“, according to the letter. The sisters work with a group called “Wisdom’s Well”, and 2 other women connected with the group have been banned also.

Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal. Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom's Well, also have been banned as part of the same action.

The memo says Morlino has "grave concerns" about the women's teachings, specifically that they "espouse certain views" flowing from such movements as "New Ageism" and "indifferentism." The latter, according to the memo, is "the belief that no one religion or philosophy is superior to another." The women "may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church's approach to interreligious dialogue," the memo said.

The memo sent to priests says the four women "are not to be invited or allowed to preach, catechize, lead spiritual or prayer instructions or exercises, or to provide spiritual direction or guidance at churches, oratories or chapels within the Diocese of Madison." No publicity materials from Wisdom's Well are to be allowed inside parishes.

In response to this news, the Sinsinawa congregation released a statement saying that the nuns in question are "respected and valued members" of the order, and that both women "have been dedicated to religious life and preaching and teaching Gospel values for nearly 50 years." The Sinsinawa Dominicans "wholeheartedly support our sisters and hold them in prayer as we continue our mission of participating in the building of a holy and just church and society," the statement said.
The Sinsinawa Dominicans are the same group that produced the nun who worked as an abortion clinic escort, Sister Donna Quinn. My advice: parents, don’t let your daughters grow up to be Sinsinawa Dominicans. It seems like the group is hanging to their Catholicism by the skin of their teeth.

If you are a young woman interested in joining a good Dominican community, check out the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, headquartered in Nashville, TN.

Go here to learn about the faithful Dominicans in Nashville.

Go here to read the article about the wayward Dominicans of Sinsinawa.