‘Pro-Life’ Message Losing Some Nuns

Sister Simone Campbell wants the American public to know that the Catholic mission of serving the poor and advocating for social justice is alive and well, despite recent actions by church leadership.

Speaking at a Jesuit parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, the executive director of Network described Vatican officials and US Bishops as “inexperienced” in pastoral work and revealed that she is uncomfortable describing herself as “pro-life” given the political implications. She questioned many Catholics’ single focus on that issue and criticized the movement as not considering the entire spectrum of Catholic social teaching.

The message underscores the deep division the Bishops have sowed, and Campbell’s media blitz is part of a larger attempt to refocus the narrative to the great social justice work many in the Catholic church perform.

Even that message of unity was met with condemnation by the conservative wing of the church that is hoping to weed out progressive dissent among the flock. And that condemnation is not limited to Sister Campbell and the other members of Network. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Jesuit parish where the talk took place, had planned to hold a Qur’an reading during Mass in June 2011. That reading was abruptly canceled.

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Jack Everett
Jack Everett5 years ago

Maybe the reason their are so many child molesting priests is because their is a shortage of nuns. The pope does not control Americans like they do the European suckers.

ryan b.
Ryan B5 years ago

The catholic church is exactly like the gop. If it does't bring money in then it doesn't matter. If they can control it, it does matter.

Norma J.
Norma J.5 years ago

Well we can see how not truly being a birthing mother has confused the convent by their so called Mother Superior.
I am a great grandmother and stand up against the killing of babies in the womb.
I wonder how many nuns have sex and abortions????

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch5 years ago

Men......Can't live with them, Can't legally kill them..... ;o)

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Hey, some of these "progressive" nuns may be listening to God's call and taking action. I just pray they don't end up like Joan of Arc. Get thee to a nunnery, pope.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Leia P.
Leia P.5 years ago

GOD bless those women

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


kelly rahach
kelly r5 years ago

"Inexperienced in pastoral work." Love it.

The rest of us would say dumbasses.

Abortion should be rare, agree here. Let's make overpopulation more rare. It's the crux of too many problems. Make it the sin, sister. Start a movement. Yeah, the ole boys will finally have to confront the hypersexualized behavior of way too many men and their cultures, but it's about time.