Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mary Anne explains it all.

At Candy's suggestion, I did emaill Mary Anne Collins and to my surprise received an actual e-mail back today! I asked her why she calls herself a former nun when she never actually took vows.

She writes:

"Some people have asked me why I call myself a former nun when I never made vows. According to "The Catholic Encyclopedia," if a monk or a nun has been accepted by a religious order (which I was) and has been given a religious habit (which I wore), then he or she is a monk or a nun in the broad sense of the term. [Note 1] So I refer to myself as a former nun."

Note 1. "Novice" in the 1913 edition of "The Catholic Encyclopedia," Volume XI. This article is available on-line. The term "novice" refers to both monks and nuns who go through a period of training and preparation. In Section II, "Juridical Condition," the article states that a novice in a religious order is a "regular" in the widest sense of the word. (A "regular" is a technical term for a monk or a nun.)

NOTE: The article often speaks of "he" when modern usage would be to say "he or she". Section I, "Definition and Requirements,"specifically mentions nuns. And it gives instructions regarding married women who want to become nuns. So the article is about both novice monks and novice nuns.

So there you have it!  
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unknown anon said...

And isn't it nice that she can twist a minor technicality in an outdated version of the Catholic Encyclopedia to her advantage?

Kelly said...

I've seen that exact explanation before, on some Mary Ann Collins site.

I figured if the e-mail was posted everywhere, but I have no idea who is cut and pasting replies.

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Karyn said...

mary ann collins....her identity is as allusive as how many licks it really takes to get the center of a tootsie changes depending on who you ask. personally, i imagine her sitting in a tent in some remote jungle with a pad and paper jotting down what the voices in her head are telling her...and to her right sits her friend jack chick :) or perhaps they are one and the same?