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  • Nun shocks Church by suggesting Jesus’s mother wasn’t a virgin

    02/02/2017 8:58:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 106 replies ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | rt
    A Catholic nun in Spain has caused outrage after she suggested that the Virgin Mary may not have been a virgin after all. The controversial Dominican nun invited the ire of the Catholic Church who responded to her statements in anger. Sister Lucia Caram was speaking on a talk show over the weekend when she let slip her belief that contradicts one of the key pillars of her faith. “I think that Mary was in love with Joseph and that they were a normal couple, and the normal thing is to have sex,” Caram told Risto Mejideon during Sunday’s Chester...
  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/18/2017 7:36:28 PM PST · by Coleus · 38 replies
    The law was passed in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux KlanA nun in Nebraska who teaches in a secondary school has been told that she is not allowed to wear her habit in the classroom.  37-year-old, Sister Madeleine Miller, was shocked to learn that, under a little-known law nearly a century old, habits were banned.  The vaguely worded ban prohibits teachers from wearing any sort of religious clothing, from burqas to yarmulkes.  “I could have been arrested, jailed, fined or had my license taken away if I had tried to teach,” Miller said on Tuesday.Now, state lawmakers are...
  • Halloween costumes (vanity)

    10/29/2016 9:19:43 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 13 replies
    A friend mentioned to me recently that there are many nun Halloween costumes available on, but not a single hijab costume. So I checked. Yep, there are many nun costumes, some of which are quite racy. But there is not a single hijab costume. I guess there's just no interest in a hijab costume. What other reason could there be?
  • Who smiles like this near the moment of death?

    06/29/2016 7:08:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies ^ | June 25, 2016
    Death is a tragedy for mortal man, and yet with faith in eternity and anticipation of the embrace of our heavenly Father, death becomes radiant. We share today the news of the death of Sister Cecilia, a Carmelite of Santa Fe in Argentina, who suffered from lung cancer. She astonished those who surrounded her in her agony, [smiling as she approached her culmination.] The Carmel of Santa Fe announced the death of Sister Cecilia to their brothers and sisters and friends of the Carmel, with a brief but profound note. Dear brothers, sisters and friends: Jesus! Just a few lines...
  • Iraqi Nun Finally Granted Visa to Come to US and Advocate for Persecuted Back Home

    05/09/2015 10:52:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 9, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    State Department apparently reverses course on controversial decision. The Iraqi nun who was denied entry to the United States because, apparently, the State Department feared she would illiciltly overstay her visa has finally been granted one. Dominican Sister Diana Momeka will be joining a delegation that includes Yazidi and Turkmen Shia in mid-May. Nina Shea, a religious freedom advocate with the Hudson Institute, confirmed to National Review that Sister Diana will receive a visa. The nun is expected to testify before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, Nicholas Frankovich reported. Other details of her itinerary have not yet been set: Last week, American advocates...
  • Nun, 86, is gang-raped and murdered when robbers break in South Africa

    04/21/2015 7:20:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 April 2015 | HELEN MOSS
    An 86-year-old nun was reportedly gang-raped before being murdered in her bedroom at a South African missionary. Gertrud Tiefenbacher's hands had been tied with a typewriter cord and a towel placed over a face, say local police. Her body was found by other nuns at the Sacred Heart Missionary in Ixopo, a small town 85 miles south-west of Durban. Police in KwaZulu-Natal are waiting for the results of forensic tests to confirm that Sister Gertrud was sexually assaulted. They say she was suffocated but they are unsure how many men attacked her. A small sum of money - thought to...
  • Wanting the unwanted - Mothers fall in love with children they initially considered aborting

    12/29/2014 6:20:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    the gleaner ^ | December 28, 2014 | Nadine Wilson-Harris,
    The establishment of a pro-life centre to assist pregnant women in crisis has resulted in the lives of more than 100 babies being saved in the past two years. That's according to the operators of the Holy Innocents Crisis Centre, which was set up after a heated national debate on abortion in 2009. At that time, pro-lifers - persons opposed to abortion - and pro-choice lobby groups sought to provide convincing arguments for their positions in Parliament. Among the pro-lifers was prominent philanthropist Father Richard Ho Lung, who decided to start the Holy Innocents Crisis Centre at National Heroes Circle...
  • Orthodox Christian Nun Condemns Muslim Faith While Catholic Nuns Decry, ‘Sister, That’s Enough’

    12/28/2014 4:03:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 26, 2014
    An Orthodox Christian nun, Sister Hatune Dogan, is struggling finding a location that will allow her to speak on the atrocities she has witness in the Middle East and around the globe. Though Sister Hatune has spent her life helping Christians who have been persecuted, and helped countless people in need, the nun has found that her message is not welcome in many communities. What is so controversial about the nun’s speeches? Sister Hatune uses her speaking platform as a way to warn against the atrocities of the Muslim faith. WND reports that Sister Hatune warned of the current state...
  • Nun too helpful: Why giving money to Planned Parenthood doesn’t protect women

    10/10/2014 6:55:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Live Action ^ | Adam Peters
    Like most people, I occasionally put my foot in my mouth. That can involve calling a friend by the wrong name, making a double entendre, or realizing that I’ve just asked out a nun. Well, technically she was a sister. Last year, I visited Aquinas College (a Catholic university in Tennessee) to watch a friend receive an award for a paper he’d written. There were other students up for awards that night, and more than a few of them were wearing habits. The sisters gave informed talks on a number of issues, including religious freedom in Vietnam and the relationship...
  • Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference?

    09/24/2014 9:37:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    “Sister Timothy, are you a nun?” Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun? My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday sense people have no hesitation about identifying me as a carmelitesheaderCatholic nun. Yet, in the technical sense of the real definition I am not. So, what am I? I have entered a consecrated life, and I am a woman religious. I am a sister. I’ll explain....
  • Obama's Forgotten "N" Word

    09/14/2014 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies ^ | September 14, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    resident Obama is a Christian. What he means by that no one has ever been very sure. But it is what he claims nonetheless. When callers to my radio shows claim, "He is a Muslim." I remind them--quickly--that he has only ever said that he is a Christian. This usually then incites various discussion points about the validity of his claim vs. theirs. Frequently the conversation will dwell upon the fact that his name is Islamic. To respond to this I simply point out that many former Muslims still carry their given name upon conversion to Christianity. They may say,...
  • 37 Photos that Prove that Nuns Live Boring Lives

    08/24/2014 6:55:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies ^ | Garrett Johnson
    When I entered I saw what I had written. I wanted to say a word to you and the word is “joy”. Wherever there are consecrated people, seminarians, men and women religious, young people, there is joy, there is always joy! It is the joy of freshness, the joy of following Jesus; the joy that the Holy Spirit gives us, not the joy of the world. There is joy! but — where is joy born? Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter! It is hearing someone say, but not necessarily with words: “You are important to me”. This...
  • The Sisters

    08/11/2014 8:33:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Regina ^ | staff
    Today, in cloisters and schools around America, the sound of young voices is ringing out. These sisters’ voices resound in classrooms, lift in chant, laugh on the playing field — and bring their fresh, healthy orthodox Catholicism into the spiritual desert. In September 1971, Sister Imelda Marie, O.P. stepped into our eighth grade classroom. She was greeted by a stunned silence. Sister smiled awkwardly, and then turned on her heel to write pre-algebra equations on the chalkboard. From the back of the classroom came a stifled giggle, then a raised hand. “Sister, where’s your habit?” Sister Imelda was a formal...
  • London nun tears down ISIL flag from building

    08/09/2014 4:17:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-9-14 | Kellan Howell
    A nun in east London climbed to the top of a local building and ripped down a flag similar to the one flown by Jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq. IB Times reported Friday that the flag was being flown alongside Palestinian flags and slogans in support of Gaza. Community members issued complaints over the flag with local council members, claiming that it was causing tension within the community. When council members went to take the flag down, they were surprised to find, someone had beat them to it. “The council can confirm that following reports this morning of a...
  • It's over ... Genocide has been accomplished

    07/19/2014 3:07:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    [Cross removed this week from dome of Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, Mosul, Iraq] For two thousand years, our dearest brethren saw it all from Mosul: Romanized Greeks, Hellenized Persians, Hellenized Romans from all origins later called "Byzantines", Armenians, Arabs from the desert with a religion of the sword, Egyptians, Crusaders, Mongols, Turks, French and British, "Independence"... Then the clumsiest Empire in history, an Empire unwanted by most voters, unwarranted by the Republic's own Constitution, led by bellicose hawks motivated by God knows what, justifying their actions on untruths, arrived, upsetting a balance that was not the best, but was best...
  • Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

    07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi
    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During...
  • "What A Feeling" - The NEW singing nun

    06/09/2014 11:00:01 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 6 replies
    cnsnews ^ | June 9, 2014
    'What a Feeling' Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice' Video at link.
  • Singing Nun, Suor Cristina Scuccia Wins ‘The Voice’ in Italy

    06/06/2014 12:03:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    VARIETY ^ | 06/06/2014 | Nick Vivarelli
    ROME – Italy’s singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, is the winner of “The Voice of Italy,” after becoming a global sensation starting in March when her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One” in the talent show’s blind audition got more than 50 million hits on YouTube and appreciative Tweets from Keys herself and Whoopi Goldberg. On Thursday night, wearing her nun’s habit, crucifix around her neck, and plain black shoes, the 25-year-old Sicilian nun won Italy’s version of “The Voice” with 62.3 percent of the vote. “My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs,”...
  • Charlotte fallout: nun cancels all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching

    04/05/2014 1:56:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 94 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Catholic Herald: The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and canceling her other speaking engagements.The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” drew the ire of hundreds of students and parents over the past two weeks, and their emotions boiled over during a parents meeting with school and diocesan leaders Wednesday night.Sister Jane has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical...
  • Nearly 1,000 attend Charlotte Catholic meeting on nun’s speech

    04/03/2014 6:13:38 PM PDT · by jobim · 26 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 4/3/2014 | Tim Funk
    Nearly 1,000 parents gathered at Charlotte Catholic High School on Wednesday night to air complaints about a recent speech to students by a nun who made what many considered inflammatory comments about gays and lesbians, divorce and single parenthood. So many parents lined up to speak that the meeting with high school officials, the school’s chaplain and the Diocese of Charlotte’s vicar of education lasted more than an hour longer than scheduled. Though the gathering was closed to the media, texts and tweets from parents inside the school gym cast the meeting as often heated, with emotions running high on...
  • WATCH: Italian nun wows 'The Voice of Italy' judges with Alicia Keys' 'No One'

    03/21/2014 4:46:33 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/20/2014 | Lee Moran
    Move over Pope Francis, there's a new spiritual sensation in town. An Italian nun has become a national star after she wowed judges on her country's version of "The Voice." Sister Cristina, from Sicily, saw all four chairs turn around during her blind audition of Alicia Keys' "No One." The 25-year-old then told the quartet: "I have a gift and I'm giving it to you." Broadcast on Wednesday night, the clip has already racked up more than 30,000 views. It shows the Catholic Sister confidently walking out onto the stage and belting out her version of the hit song. Fellow...
  • Pro-abortion Spanish nun criticizes Spain’s new abortion restrictions

    01/31/2014 5:50:38 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/30/14 | Sofia Vazquez-Mellado
    Madrid, January 30, 2014 ( – In a recent interview with the Spanish feminist magazine Pikara, a Benedictine sister, Teresa Forcades, said her position towards the proposed restrictions on abortion by the Spanish conservative government was that of “criticism and upfront rejection.” “I’m in favor of allowing abortion when the fetus isn’t viable,” said the Sister. The proposed law will eliminate a provision passed in 2010 by the previous socialist government allowing abortion on demand until 14 weeks gestation, and will remove fetal malformation as a reason for the mother to abort. “There can be a mother,” she continued, “to...
  • First picture of nun who had baby when she didn't know she was pregnant

    01/19/2014 11:09:43 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 198 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/18/2014 | Daily Mail
    This is the first picture of nun and new mother Roxana Rodriguez. The 33-year-old woman, a nun with the order of the Little Disciples of Jesus, stunned her mother superior and local church chiefs after giving birth last week to a baby boy which she has called Francis, in honour of the current Pope. Sister Roxana initially claimed to have no idea that she was pregnant and thought her labour pains were 'stomach cramps' when an ambulance rushed her to hospital in severe pain after being called by fellow nuns when she collapsed at her nunnery.
  • Teen arrested for beating and raping a 70-year-old nun in parking lot of church where she serves

    12/14/2013 12:55:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | December 14, 2013
    Authorities near Pittsburgh have arrested an 18-year-old man who admitted to the brutal rape a nun in the parking lot behind the church where she serves Friday morning. The suspect, Andrew Bullock, faces at least 10 charges in the viscous attack. According to authorities, the victim was walking in the parking lot behind the Titus Church on Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa - about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh - when the suspect approached her and asked if she needed help. [Snip] 'The first thing you notice when you look up up where this horrific act occurred, is the statue of...
  • 1 Arrested After Nun Hospitalized Following Assault And Rape

    12/14/2013 12:23:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    EAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – An 18-year-old has been charged in the brutal rape and beating of an elderly nun in Aliquippa. Andrew Bullock, of Orchard Street, faces at least 10 charges in the Friday morning attack. The nun serves at St. Titus Church on Franklin Avenue. She was walking in a parking lot behind the church when she was approached by a man who choked her, punched her, then threw her to the ground where she was assaulted and raped.
  • Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war

    08/19/2013 7:28:00 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 4 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 19Aug13 | Mail Foreign Service
    A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority. Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda. The classrooms were then burned to the ground and the women taken away, attracting a crowd of abusive onlookers. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • How I Became a Franciscan Sister

    05/28/2013 5:48:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    When I was asked during my grade school years, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” my standard answer would be, “Either an opera singer or a Sister!” That was quite a range. It is easy to tell which one became a reality. Franciscan-Sister-RenitaOn a hot Sunday morning in August, I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Anita Broecker Tadych and Zenon Tadych. I have two younger sisters, Dorothy and Caroline (Kitty). My mother died when I was three years old. Some years later my father remarried, and we were blessed with Lillian, “our Mom,” and LaVerne,...
  • Happy 90th Birthday, Mother Angelica!

    04/20/2013 3:19:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 20, 2013
    When Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched on Aug. 15, 1981, many felt there would be little demand for a Catholic network. In fact, when Mother M. Angelica, a cloistered nun, fulfilled a promise to our Lord in the early 1960s by founding Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala., she had no idea she would one day found the largest religious media network in the world. Who could have imagined that a cloistered nun would found a global television network? Who could have predicted that a network funded entirely by donations from “people in the pews” instead of...
  • Sister Alicia Torres discusses symbolism of new pope’s name and more

    03/20/2013 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ |
    Along with the tradition of naming a new pope, there’s the symbolism. The name Francis is in reference to St. Francis of Assisi– who shares much in common with the new pope. Sister Alicia Torres from the Franciscans of the Eucharist spoke about the importance. VIDEO AT LINK.
  • Catholic nurse executed by Nazis remembered in Rome

    03/07/2013 3:24:42 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 7, 2013
    Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Blessed Maria Restituta, a Catholic nurse who was decapitated by the Nazis in March of 1943, was remembered for her courageous martyrdom during a recent Mass in Rome. Cardinal Christoph Shonborn recalled the 70th anniversary of Blessed Maria’s death during a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word on March 6. The Mass was held at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, which was dedicated by Pope John Paul II to the memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. During the Mass, members of Blessed Maria’s religious...
  • Sister Simone Campbell: 'I was comfortable with God not being named' in platform

    09/07/2012 1:38:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies
    Current ^ | September 6, 2012 | Jo Piazza
    Democrats broke into a battle of wills on Wednesday over the need to restore God to the party’s official platform. After much infighting, they eventually made a change that restored language that was in the 2008 platform.It now reads: "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."Republicans had a field day with the godless platform. But was the change actually necessary?We asked Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Catholic social justice lobbying group NETWORK...
  • Sister Simone Campbell, ‘Nun from the Bus,’ rips Republicans at Democratic convention

    09/06/2012 12:47:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    RNS ^ | September 5, 2012 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Paul Ryan has been taking a lot of heat over the factual accuracy of claims he made in his prime time address at the Republican convention last week, but Wednesday night at the Democratic confab the GOP vice-presidential candidate – and practicing Catholic – was schooled by a popular nun on the moral shortcomings of his budget proposals. “Paul Ryan claims this budget reflects the principles of our shared faith,” Sister Simone Campbell, who became a celebrity of sorts this summer when she led the national “Nuns on the Bus” tour for social justice, told cheering Democratic delegates...
  • Indian nun's memoir a lie, alleges ghostwriter

    08/14/2012 9:19:35 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Catholic News ^ | 13 August 2012 | anon
    A former Catholic nun in Kerala, India has run into legal trouble after the ghostwriter of her autobiography disowned the book, describing it as a pack of lies, reports Ucanews. Mary Chandy, 68 (pictured), who claims to be a former nun of the Daughters of the Presentation of Mary, had written in her book that abortions and sexual harassment were rife within religious congregations in India. The book, Swasthy [Hail]: The Revelations of Sister Mary Chandy, was released in April and became a best seller in Malyalam, the south Indian state’s native language. But Jose Pazhookkaran, who assisted Chandy in...
  • Cardinal Burke on nuns’ group: ‘If it can’t be reformed, then it doesn’t have a right to continue’

    08/10/2012 12:33:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.10.2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2012 ( – A senior Vatican prelate has fired a fresh salvo in the Vatican’s effort to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, with a warning that the rogue organization could be shut down if they fail to implement the reforms demanded by the Vatican. “If it can’t be reformed, then it doesn’t have a right to continue,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo in a Thursday interview for The World Over. “How in the world can these consecrated religious who have professed to follow Christ more closely...
  • From Speed Skating to Religious Life: Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan--[Cath Caucus]

    07/29/2012 7:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | JULY 27, 2012 | Ann Schneible
    From Speed Skating to Religious Life Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan Order By Ann SchneibleLONDON, JULY 27, 2012 ( With the London summer Olympics commencing today, a former Olympian – now a sister with the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England – shared with ZENIT her journey toward answering the call to the religious life.For CFR Sister Catherine Mary of the Holy Trinity the Olympics were a family affair. The Wisconsin native -- whose legal name is Kirstin Holum -- is the daughter of Dianne Holum, who gained international fame by becoming the first...
  • Nun murdered by priest in 1980

    06/27/2012 5:12:17 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 11 replies
    6/27/2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    Does anyone remember the murder of a nun by a priest back in 1980?
  • Nun Who Leads Network Disparages Bishops, Hesitant to Call Herself Pro-Life

    06/13/2012 6:18:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Speaking at a Jesuit parish in Charlotte, the executive director of the social justice lobby Network disparaged Vatican officials and US bishops as “inexperienced” in pastoral work and revealed that she is uncomfortable describing herself as pro-life “because of my pride.” After speaking on the importance of civility in political discourse, Sister Simone Campbell dismissed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s efforts to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) as a “Vatican kerfuffle” and, in the words of the Charlotte diocesan newspaper, “scorned the US bishops for their continued opposition to the health insurance law.” In...
  • Cardinal Law Linked to Crackdown on Nuns

    05/06/2012 9:31:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Three respected Catholic publications are reporting that Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the controversial former Boston archbishop, played a key role in the Vatican's decision to tighten its grip on the largest association of Catholic nuns in the United States. The Vatican announced its initiative on April 18, naming three American prelates to ensure that US nuns conform to Church doctrine, which has grown more conservative under Pope John Paul II and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Earlier this week, a columnist for The Tablet, a British Catholic weekly, reported that the Vatican's initiative was sparked by William E. Lori, the...
  • A religious role: Dolores Hart left films to become a nun

    02/25/2012 6:45:32 PM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times/Herald Extra ^ | 2-23-12 | Susan King
    When Dolores Hart, 73, walks the red carpet at this year's Academy Awards as planned, no interviewer will need to ask who made her dress. She will be wearing her nun's habit from the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., where she lives a life of contemplation and hospitality and is mother prioress. Mother Dolores, as she is now known, is the subject this year of an Oscar-nominated documentary short, "God Is the Bigger Elvis," which airs April 5 on HBO. The documentary chronicles her life as a nun after a Hollywood career that saw her co-star with...
  • Starlet-turned-nun

    02/20/2012 9:37:50 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Feb 2012 | Jacqui Goddard
    Dolores Hart had it all. Billed as "the next Grace Kelly" for her beauty and acting talent, she had a seven-figure studio contract, roles opposite some of the industry's biggest names and was the envy of girls everywhere for giving Elvis Presley his first on-screen kiss. During a break 1963, aged 24, she told her bosses at MGM she was heading to see friends in the country. They sent a limousine to drop her off at the Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Connecticut. It turned out to be a one-way journey. Next Sunday, nearly half a century after she...
  • Renegade nun presents ‘A Catholic case for same-sex marriage’

    MOUNT RAINIER, MARYLAND, February 15, 2012, ( – On Valentine’s Day, a priest and a nun penned an op-ed in The Washington Post entitled, “A Catholic Case for Same-Sex Marriage.” Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, wrote, “Many Catholics…understand that lesbian and gay love is as natural as heterosexual love.” “As Catholics who are involved in lesbian and gay ministry and outreach, we are aware that many people, some of them Catholics, believe that Catholics cannot faithfully disobey the public policies of the church’s hierarchy. But this is not the case,” they...
  • Kerala Church in shock at nun’s killing

    11/17/2011 3:43:48 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    uca news ^ | 17 November 2011 | anon
    Church leaders in Kerala have expressed shock and outrage over the killing yesterday of tribal rights campaigner Sister Valsa John. The 53-year-old nun from the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary was hacked to death at her home in the remote Pakur district of the east Indian state of Jharkhand. According to reports a mob of around 50 people gathered outside her home in the early hours of yesterday morning (local time) shortly before her death. Earlier reports had said the nun had been shot dead. Major Archbishop and head of the Syro-Malabar Church, George Alencherry, and Curia Bishop...
  • Former ‘sorority girl’ off to the convent (Catholic Caucus)

    10/16/2011 1:38:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | October 16, 2011 | Rashae Ophus Johnson
    Anchorage, Alaska, Oct 16, 2011 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- As young girls, Anastasia Kenney and her little sister played Mass. They cloaked their heads in a white curtain, draped accordingly as a bridal veil or a nun’s habit, and served crackers and grape juice to each other as they pretended to receive Holy Communion.Some 30 years later, Kenney is moving into a convent and aspiring to wear a white habit in earnest.The religious vocation startled even her.“I was horrified! I was the least nunnish person I knew,” said Kenney, 35, of her initial inclination. “I thought the last group of...
  • Nun sexually abused me, man claims in lawsuit

    04/14/2011 12:50:29 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 27 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Apr. 13, 2011 | Christina Veiga
    A Broward County man on Tuesday filed suit against the Archdiocese of Miami and a Dominican nun, claiming he was fondled and groped while in the first grade at St. James Catholic School in North Miami. The man, now 38, claims Sister Joan Marie would approach him while standing in line with his classmates and pretend to tuck in his shirt. But the nun would reach down his pants and sexually abuse him, said his attorney, Jeffrey Herman. Only identified as John Doe 73 — representing the number of cases Herman has filed against the archdiocese for alleged sexual misconduct...
  • Nun pleads guilty to embezzling $850,000 from Catholic college

    03/11/2011 4:14:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 10, 2011
    Sister Marie Thornton, former vice president of finance at Iona College in New York, has pled guilty to embezzling $850,000 from the college between 1999 and 2009. “She abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara. Prosecutors charged that Sister Thornton used much of the stolen money for gambling. Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.
  • Monk caught with nun's skeleton at airport

    01/18/2011 6:56:27 PM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | January 19, 2011
    A MONK and two other people were arrested after digging up the body of a nun they believe to be a saint and trying to smuggle the remains into Cyprus. The 42-year-old Cypriot monk, a 54-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman were arrested at Athens International Airport as they attempted to board a flight to Cyprus with the body stuffed in a suitcase, the Cyprus Mail said. The Mail reported police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos as saying the trio "claim they took the remains of the woman, whom they consider a saint, to bury them in Cyprus". Mr Katsounotos said Eleni...
  • Nun Tells of Healing After Praying to John Paul II

    01/17/2011 3:40:57 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 82 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/17/2011 | Yahoo News
    AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France – A French nun says she felt new inner strength and vitality as her Parkinson's disease suddenly disappeared in 2005 — a recovery the Vatican attributes to the miraculous intercession of Pope John Paul II. Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who works at a Paris maternity clinic, told reporters in a rare appearance Monday that she felt "reborn" on waking June 3, 2005 after she had prayed for healing to John Paul. "There was a new strength inside me, and my body was rediscovering its vitality and fluidity," Simon-Pierre, appearing in good health, told reporters in the southern French city...
  • JW sues DHS for documents on Illegal Alien who killed VA Nun

    12/02/2010 10:40:29 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 6 replies ^ | December 2, 2010 | Unattributed
    Carlos Martinelly-Montano was Scheduled for Deportation but Was Set Free by Feds; Homeland Security Refuses to Release Results of Internal Investigation Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a lawsuit on December 2, 2010, against the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain documents related to an internal DHS investigation of Carlos Martinelly-Montano, an illegal alien who struck and killed a Virginia nun in a drunk driving accident on August 1, 2010. Montano had been arrested on two prior drunk driving charges. He was placed in the custody of...
  • God and Woman at Harvard

    08/26/2010 6:15:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8-26-10 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Don’t tell Mary Anne Marks the Catholic Church is an oppressive, misogynistic disaster. She knows better. And she’s got a Harvard degree, too. Miss Marks, a native of Queens, N.Y., graduated from Harvard University this past semester with an undergraduate degree in classics and English, delivering her commencement address in Latin. This fall, she begins a new life, discerning her future consecrated to Christ as a Catholic religious sister with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She and I are alumnae of the same high school, Dominican Academy, in Manhattan. Before heading to...
  • Lolly Harding - A Medical Nun/Air Evac Nurse’s Story of Conversion to the Truth

    08/08/2010 5:18:01 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 50 replies
    Berean Reacon ^ | Lolly Harding
    Callous treatment of a skilled drug-addicted nun-surgeon by her peer group in the Catholic Medical Missionary Order caused me, a dedicated nun, to become disillusioned. Within every person lies a marvelous adventure story of his life. Here is my story and the three torturous, separate paths I took on my journey toward peace and reconciliation with God. My first path was that of religion as a Medical Missionary Nun for thirteen years. Then I searched in vain for fulfillment as a United States Air Force nurse for six and a half years. Finally, on the third path as a married...