Oh, well. She looked and sounded pleased as punch to be there. Or Judy. Pity she couldn’t have found anything to criticize about the Democratic platform. Missed a chance, there. But I guess you don’t bite the hand that feeds you five minutes of fame.
David: there are times that you are snarky and times that you are nasty. This time you were just plain nasty.
I think Sister needs as many platforms as possible to talk about people in distress; she does it well, with compassion, and I think she channels that long line of abbess saints who stretch back to the early Middle Ages and, through administrative skill, force of personality, and the help of the Holy Spirit, dragged Europe into Christendom.
However, there was in those olden days as there is now a danger that when clergypersons or religious mix with the pagans, they run the risk of seeming to bless the enterprise by their presence.
Sister made it clear she was pro-life, and that her efforts to help Americans struggling in poverty was part of *her* pro-life stance. She was, in my view, trying to build common ground by going to a party that has been outright hostile to pro-life language … and she came on right after Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards (whom she seemed to out-do on the applause-o-meter).
However, this is the kind of thing that people will read depending on their personal politics (and I suppose I must include myself there). As a Democrat, her presence reassured me that Catholics are still being respected and heard in the party. I suppose for others, her presence will be seen as a sell-out.
It is the nuns’ job to minister to the poor. It is the bishops’ job to teach morality, including persuading others that abortion is terribly wrong.
Somebody commented that the bishops are mad at the nuns because they (the nuns), are not doing the bishops’ job. That also looks like the problem to me. Sigh.
A single sister has far greater moral credibility than a pack o’ hierarchs.
Off with their heads!
The hierarchs, that is.
JJ: “Off with their heads”
that comment is completely inappropriate
Please lighten up, AA. It’s not literal.
Hyperbole, Anthony, hyperbole.
(I’ve said worse.)
Carolyn: In all things, charity.
Yes, JJ. I have read the other things you have written that are worse.
In the interest of peacemaking, I was about to suggest “Off with their mitres!” as a benign alternative, until it occurred to me that some might consider that more offensive. Peacemaking is hard.
I later thought of writing “Hang ‘em out to dry”, but…… :-)
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