Who can argue with nuns?
Well, apparently, somebody had better start, because some of them need some discussion of Catholic moral teaching.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was thrilled to highlight the letter from 59 nuns, advocating for the passage of the healthcare bill. The signers, she said, are leaders of their orders and, “Pretty much everyone you could think of is there.” She implied that the letter represented all of the approximately 59,000 nuns in the U.S.
Funny, but I doubt the Sisters of Life were on that list. Or any of the other rapidly growing orders bulging at the seams with new members who often show up as communities at the annual March for Life in DC. In fact, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) released a letter concurring with the bishops’ statements against the current, pro-abortion bill. (The CMSWR is often described as the “conservative” council, a small but growing counterpoint to the other, much older, religious orders’ council, the Leadership Council of Women Religious, which is full of the shrinking, aging, “progressive” orders.)
On the other hand, Deal Hudson, a major Catholic writer, highlighted the groups that had already contradicted the bishops over the healthcare bill, insisting that the bill wouldn’t allow funding for abortion. Never mind that several of these groups are explicitly pro-abortion; that has nothing at all to do with anything, right?
- Catholic Health Association (whose head was on EWTN a few weeks back, insisting that she had been “working with the bishops” and wouldn’t endorse the healthcare bill without the pro-life provisions)
- NETWORK (a social justice lobby)
- Catholics United
- Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (great summary on CACG here; oh, look, SEIU involvement! Like Glenn Beck says, they strangely seem to be just about everywhere.)
- Catholics for Choice
- Catholic Democrats
- National Catholic Reporter
In short, generally the usual suspects, whenever “Catholic” groups are getting press for disagreeing with the Church on moral teachings.
Funny, but the faithful orders are the ones that are attracting new members in droves. They aren’t ditching the veils, changing the traditional habits to frumpy business suits, opening the work to absolutely everything and anything, fighting the male hierarchy, reading NCR and trumpeting bad interpretations of “social justice.” (A very sad article in our local paper about a group of four nuns living in a house in a subdivision highlighted the copy of America in the bathroom reading pile as evidence of how their faith permeated their lives… if that’s your idea of good Catholic reading, no wonder the average age of the women in the order was in the low 60’s.)
And the faithful Catholics aren’t supporing abortion, either.
(Oh, and Speaker Pelosi also cited today’s feast of St. Joseph the Worker to highlight how we should pray for the passage of the healthcare bill for the good of America’s workers. I can’t help but think that St. Joseph would remember the screams of the Holy Innocents, the massacred baby boys of Bethlehem, and their bereaved parents and not really care whether or not King Herod had good policies on healthcare and immigration.)