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Not a Roman Holiday – New Pope Censures Nuns

Stained GlassBy Simone Campbell, Published: April 19 – Washington Post

“I would be lying if I wrote that I was not hurt by the reaffirmation of the censure of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and by extension of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby that I lead. I had hoped that the censure would quietly disappear in an Italian bureaucratic way. But this is not to be. Rather we are to continue to be caught in macro-church-politics of a group of Catholics at odds with the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).On April 6, the Vatican announced that Pope Frances had appointed Franciscan leader the Rev. José Rodriguez Carballo as a key leader in the department that works with religious men and women around the world.This was seen as a move toward healing of the relationship between the Vatican and American women religious.On Saturday, April 13, Pope Frances announced the formation of an advisory committee that represents the global church leadership and only one member of the Curia.

Then on Monday, April 15, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reaffirmed the 2012 censure of LCWR(and NETWORK) as undermining the faith in the United States.

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From my vantage point (excluded from the halls of power and never consulted before being named as a problem by CDF) it appears to me that these actions continue to be about both church and U.S. politics. Women religious are a soccer ball between competing church departments. None of this is really about faith. The Vatican officials continue to say that they like our work when we do direct service, but they do not like our politics when they do not align with some U.S. bishops’ hard right views…”

SEE the Washington Post 04/19/2013


Nuns on Wall Street? A shining light: Sister Nora




Sister Nora Nash

of the

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

      …a congregation of approximately 540 Catholic women religious who:

  • choose a Gospel way of life lived in community
  • are dedicated to serving others, especially those who are economically poor, marginal, and oppressed
  • minister in the United States in approximately 24 states as well as Europe and Africa
  • serve in a variety of ministries and settings
  •  follow the values of the Third Order Regular Franciscans

Sister Nora and her team from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility laid out their advice for three Goldman executives. The Wall Street bank, they said, should protect consumers, rein in executive pay, increase its transparency and remember the poor.

In short, Goldman should do God’s work— something that its chairman and chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein, once remarked that he did. (The joke bombed.)

Long before Occupy Wall Street, the Sisters of St. Francis were quietly staging an occupation of their own. In recent years, this Roman Catholic order of 540 or so nuns has become one of the most surprising groups of corporate activists around.

The nuns have gone toe-to-toe with Kroger, the grocery store chain, over farm worker rights; with McDonald’s, over childhood obesity; and with Wells Fargo, over lending practices. They have tried, with mixed success, to exert some moral suasion over Fortune 500 executives, a group not always known for its piety.

We want social returns, as well as financial ones,” Sister Nora said, strolling through the garden behind Our Lady of Angels, the convent here where she has worked for more than half a century.

She paused in front of a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. “When you look at the major financial institutions, you have to realize there is greed involved.”

See New York Times article

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.   Charles Kuralt

The Nun who Broke with Rome –

   Anita Caspary, the onetime mother superior who led the largest single exodus of nuns from the Roman Catholic Church in American history, died on Oct 5 in Los Angeles. She was 95.

New York Times Obit

“…Dr. Caspary always contended that she and other members of her order, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, never wanted to renounce their vows. In a 2003 memoir, “Witness to Integrity,” she said they had been virtually forced into it by the intransigence of Cardinal McIntyre, who adamantly refused to let them teach in archdiocese schools unless they wore habits and adhered to a host of traditional regimens governing when they prayed, when they went to bed, and what books were appropriate for nuns to read.

The cardinal cited pre-Vatican II law and centuries-old church tradition. To permit the changes proposed by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart would in effect lead “our convents to become hotels or boarding houses for women,” he wrote in a letter to the Vatican quoted in his official 1996 biography.

God Bless Sr Anita Caspary~ Time Magazine 1970

“You’ve come along way, baby”  Time Magazine

For Sister Anita, as for her nuns, Rome’s uncompromising order amounted to giving up a new mode of Christian service that they believed in deeply; collectively, they decided that they could not step back into the past. “If you bought the whole package of self-determination,” Sister Anita says, “and you were being stopped every little while, then it seemed logical to break away. While I saw the break as inevitable, I didn’t really want it. But I wondered how much energy you could spend fighting authority when you could spend that same energy doing what you should be doing.” Anita Caspary hopes to preserve the best of both worlds in the new community. “

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