An order disperses: “This is the most painful, emotional thing our sisters have ever been through”

The New York Times tells the story of how one community coped with its aging population:  At the foot of a long drive leading to the Franciscan Retreat Center in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., the “Welcome and Parking” sign is misleading. The convent closed in 2011, when its original population of 100 nuns had dwindled to 35, [Read More...]

A sister writes: “Statements in the CDF document strike me as inaccurate, misleading, and unfair…”

I confess that I’m not a regular reader of Commonweal, but a reader sent this my way and it seems to me a worthwhile addition to the conversation: an essay by a sister explaining, in her view, what the CDF has gotten wrong in its probe into the LCWR: Like many others, I am deeply [Read More...]

Nun to carry Olympic torch

And she’s pretty remarkable.  Details:  Next Tuesday, 24 July, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon from Acton will carry the Olympic Torch in the Kingston to Ealing leg on Day 67 of the Olympic Torch Relay hoping to keep a number of different flames burning strongly. Sister Mary-Joy is no ordinary nun – if there is such a [Read More...]

What a friend we have in cheeses: meet the cheese-making nuns of Virginia

All Gouda gifts around us are sent from heaven above! Details, from the Washington Post: It is 10:05 a.m., and Sister Barbara Smickel is shoulder-deep in curds and whey. She is in the cheese barn at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Va., located about 14 miles west of Charlottesville and down a [Read More...]

Just desserts: Biden visits nuns in Iowa

And ice cream was involved: Political campaigns are all about generating publicity and public support, but Vice-President Biden seems to have upended conventional wisdom — not a first for him, of course — by making an under-the-radar visit to the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque during a two-day campaign trip to [Read More...]

Sr. Simone Campbell calls health care law “pro-life,” vows to protect it

She posted this today at Huffington Post: I was on the highway when I first heard about the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision, riding with the other “Nuns on the Bus.” We were watching CNN coverage, dejected by the initial (erroneous) report that the Affordable Care Act had been overturned. And then, after NETWORK’s Communications Coordinator [Read More...]

Spotted in Indianapolis: nuns in habits!

Below, a statue in the lobby of our hotel: [Read more...]

“Difficult”

That is how the LCWR described its recent meeting at the Vatican, in a statement posted this morning.  CNS reports: Top officials of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said their meeting at the Vatican in mid-June “was difficult because of the differing perspectives” they and the leaders of the Congregation for the Doctrine of [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More...]

Cardinal Levada warns of “dialogue of the deaf” with LCWR

From John Allen at NCR: In the wake of Tuesday’s meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible “dialogue of the deaf,” reflected in what he sees as a lack of [Read More...]


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