Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sr. Teresa Forcades: Some Words of Support from the Abbot

Abbot Josep Maria Soler of the Monastery of Montserrat granted a far-ranging interview to Enric Juliana of La Vanguardia/InfoCatólica. The reporter engaged the holy man on everything from bullfighting to Barcelona's soccer team to current matters of controversy in the Spanish Catholic Church. In response to a rather bizarrely phrased question about Sr. Teresa Forcades, Abad Josep had kind words for his fellow religious sister:

Teresa Forcades, monja del monasterio de Sant Benet, en Montserrat, ha adquirido gran notoriedad en Babilonia por sus opiniones y su sugerente personalidad. ¿La aprueba?

"Una de las características primigenias del monaquismo era el de salir a la plaza pública cuando había debates importantes. Quizá se podría considerar que ha actuado en línea con esta tradición. Fíjese que volvemos a hablar de la tradición. Probablemente ha llamado la atención por ser monja y poseer una brillante formación. No entro a valorar algunas de sus opiniones médicas sobre la gripe A, puesto que es un tema que no conozco bien y me consta que hay discrepancias entre los profesionales..."


Teresa Forcades, a nun of the monastery of Sant Benet, Montserrat, has acquired a wide reputation in Babylon for her views and suggestive personality. Do you approve of her?

"One of the primordial characteristics of monasticism was to go out into the public square when there were important debates. Perhaps it could be considered that she has acted in line with this tradition. Note that we return to speaking of tradition. Probably she has attracted attention for being a nun and having a brilliant training. I'm not going to enter into an appraisal of some of her medical opinions on influenza A, as it is an issue that I don't know well and I know that there are discrepancies between the professionals ... "

Whereupon the interviewer changes the subject to futbol.....

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