Nuns on the Run

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The Catholic nuns who received a serious talking-to from the Vatican in April for being too outspoken on issues of social justice are planning a bus tour of 9-states this summer: “The sisters plan to use the tour also to protest cuts in programs for the poor and working families in the federal budget that was passed by the House of Representatives and proposed by Representative Paul D. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who cited his Catholic faith to justify the cuts. ”

The Vatican’s assessment from April focused Leadership Conference of Women Religious (a group of leaders from 80% of the U.S.’s female orders and their promoting “radical feminist themes”: going against Church doctrine on homosexuality and the male-only priesthood, while also challenging the bishops, “the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.”

The nuns announcement came just a day after the Vatican denounced “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics”, a book on the theological rationale for same-sex marriage, masturbation, and remarriage, by Sister Margaret Farley. The Leadership of Women Religious defended Farley, a teacher of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School, with protests and petitions.


Graham Todd is an intern at The Rumpus. He spends his mornings writing post-apocalyptic, vaguely biblical sci-fi horror comedy, his evenings tutoring the wide-eyed youth of the Palo Alto area, and his Thursdays at The Rumpus office, effectively “off the streets”. Beyond this weekly ritual, he enjoys karaoke, the movies, and jogging. More from this author →