Today on NPR, I paid special attention to the show On Point. During the two-hour show today Hour 1 discussed the current conflict in Honduras. Hour 2 talked about the recent NY Times article by Laurie Goodstein titled “U.S. Nuns Facing Vatican Scrutiny.” Both of these topics were of significant interest to me since I have friends and family in Honduras as well as friends and family who are U.S. nuns.
The language about the Vatican “reining in” these alleged “loose cannon” nuns seems a little extreme to me but it is important for the Vatican to be paying attention the dwindling numbers of women signing up to join religious communities and to see what everyone is up to. Many different nuns have played significant roles in my life and I am grateful for all of the perspectives they have offered me and for the broad education they have provided.