Skip to comments.Nuns Supporting Obama? Social Responsibility is 'Part of Pro-Life Stance,' They Say
Posted on 09/12/2012 7:33:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Nuns wearing the expected black and white habits and sitting backstage of the Republican National Convention are not the only ones who have taken a political stance. A second group, supported by Sister Simone Campbell during the Democratic National Convention, have taken their own stand and are speaking out for social responsibility.
The Catholic Church has found itself in the midst of a boxing match as it struggles to gain political advantage. And this time, the group leading the fight is not composed of bishops and priests, but women who are ready to speak their mind.
In one corner you have the black and white team, a group of nuns who wear the traditional habits and strongly support family values and laws against abortion. But in the second corner are the underdogs- a group less familiar, though it has come to build a presence in the Catholic Church. That group was represented by Sister Simone Campbell last Wednesday as she spoke during the Democratic National Convention.
"Let me explain why I'm here tonight," Sister Campbell began.
Her explanation is firmly grounded in the support for social justice, a cause that for some sisters within the Catholic church makes President Obama a more appropriate presidential candidate. Simone argued that Mitt Romney is correct in stating that every individual must be responsible for themselves, but according to her it doesn't end there.
"Our faith strongly affirms that we are all responsible for one another," Simone said Wednesday. "I am my sister's keeper."
The Catholic vote has become an important swing vote to win for both presidential candidates, and the nuns have become important team players because for many, they are the most familiar face in the crowd.
Campaigns have elected to use nuns for pubic outreach because it speaks out to "a lot of rank-and-file Catholics, who rarely have interactions with their bishops, but have interactions with nuns at schools or hospitals," Robert Jones, CEO and founder of the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute, told USA Today. Mike Bernacchi, marketing professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, agreed.
"Nuns are popular. Nuns are the ones who carry the load. They are the pack mules of Catholicism," he explained. What these popular nuns seem to be standing up for is a call to personal and social responsibility. While a number of members in the Catholic Church, nuns included, oppose the clause in Obamacare which requires employers to provide insurance to cover birth control costs, Simone also defended the plan for the coverage that it provides to the poor and needy.
"We share a responsibility for creating an economy where parents with jobs earn enough to care for their family," Campbell argued. "We all share responsibility to ensure that this vital health care reform law is properly implemented."
Campbell has become a budding figure from the religious sector after defending nuns when the Vatican suggested that they had become too progressive. "We're certainly oriented toward the needs of women and responding to their needs," she said during a June interview on the Colbert Report. "If that's radical, I guess we are."
Campbell has a law degree from the University of California and has always had a political background. After finishing a speech in which she told the personal stories of many middle class people that she had worked with, she added that expanding Medicaid "is part of my pro-life stance and the right thing to do."
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SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL should have one chance to publicly recant her statement before she is excommunicated.
Even granting the premise, ‘social’ doesn’t equal ‘government.’ Charity doesn’t begin at the point of a gun.
A REAL “witch”.
These nuns better start preparing their arguments when they arrive at the Pearly Gate.
RE: These nuns better start preparing their arguments when they arrive at the Pearly Gate.
Will they be at the Pearly Gates, or will they arrive on the other side???
Nuns for envy, jealousy, covetousness, bitterness, theft, ingratitude. Even worse. Anybody who looks to or encourages others to look to government to meet their needs or solve their problems regards government as god. Pure idolatry.
“SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL should have one chance to publicly recant her statement before she is excommunicated.”
This hag needs booted out of the convent then excommunicated.
Her and her whole coven of heretics.
Ms. Campbell needs to be told in no uncertain terms to cease and desist this public defiance of Church teaching or be excommunicated. She is a scandal to the Faithful.
An old Bull Dyke Feminist who calls herself a Nun.
Grinning like a skunk eating Doo.
How did nuns go from prayer and reparation to social justice obsession and earthdolatry? The spirit of the 60s, I guess.
Well, here’s part of the answer at least:
(article and video at the site)
Villalva needs to learn the difference between a nun and a sister.
Thanks for the article, Vermicious.
she don’t look like no nun to me. Where’s her habit. No habit, I don’t consider he any more than a lib shill
What Christ means is that we roll up our sleeves and go to help OURSELVES.
My pleasure, MD. I was just a kid when all this was happening, but I definitely remember it — the change in the Church (and the nuns) was simply stunning. I found it all very confusing back then.
Those dyke nuns should be excommunicated ASAP.
RE: Wheres her habit. No habit, I dont consider he any more than a lib shill
I can tell you this — liberalism is HABIT forming. :)
RE: Wheres her habit. No habit,
* Unless of course your’re a NUN—what would you consider your worst habit ?
* There’s something wrong with her speech, I just can’t get into the habit...
* After listening to her, I’m desperately trying to kick the habit...
* Everything Sister Simone says is NUN-sense.
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