Nuns were second-class citizens then and — 40 years after feminism utterly changed America — they still are. The matter of women as priests is closed, a forbidden topic.
The problem I see with most liberals is that they wish to have their utopian ideal of a "democracy" instilled in every institution or social structure, even when such structures are private and voluntary. Hence, the statement that nuns are "second-class citizens" in the Catholic Church, an institution long identified with a hierarchial structure and populated by people whose participation is, presumably, a statement of their free will.
There are those who warn, "Well, the Church must 'modernize' else they could 'lose people.'" Perhaps some of those "lost" people would bring absolutely no value to the Church, especially if by "modernizing" they mean to embrace any and all liberal causes, to include a professed Bride of Christ escorting women into an abortion mill.
When will people like Maureen Dowd understand that the Church is not here to win a popularity contest but to advance the work of Christ? Many of these so-called feminist nuns are living their own agendas and are angry that the Church will not reconcile Herself to them.
Disconnect? Consider this from TIME magazine:
Well, no, Sister, you are not obedient to the teachings of the Church. Prostitution is sinful, but would you encourage a woman who has not had any luck in her search for gainful employment to start turning tricks for johns on the next corner?Obedient to the teachings of her church, Sister Agnes Mary Mansour believes abortion is sinful. She also recognizes that others disagree, and feels that poor women are entitled to have publicly funded abortions so long as they are legal.
"Oh, but think of the women!" I am thinking of them and wondering how anyone could argue that temporal convenience is worth more than eternal salvation. Sometimes we will suffer and have to sacrifice during our lifetimes. The good news is that given our lifetimes are finite, it's only a temporary setback, whatever it is.