Nuns Diss Bishops by Supporting Healthcare: Only Fake Christians Left

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It seems progress is inchin’ its way forward, even in the Catholic Church.

Yesterday, 60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 nuns joined with the Catholic Health Association to support the Senate health care reform bill. The Nuns’ support for the bill is in direct defiance of Catholic Bishops, who came out against the bill on Monday claiming it funds abortion (it doesn’t, much to my dismay). The Bishops assumed they were speaking for the entire Catholic Church. You know, the way a man tells a woman whom to vote for in Real America. Oh, dear.

You can’t blame the boys for assuming they were the voice of authority. That’s how this whole religion thing works. It’s based on patriarchy and serves to enable and support the patriarchal system. Nuns do the dirty work in the trenches whilst Bishops wave to crowds, eyeing up fresh….bait.

So, what goes on here?

I went to a Catholic school for a brief time, and I’m fully aware of the many prejudices and resentments one can carry with them after a few hours balancing their bare kneecaps on Sister Theresa’s wooden bench. However, this is some true sisterhood in action and an awesome display of courage.

The Nuns have came together to say they care MORE about pragmatic reality, MORE about helping people, MORE about correcting the unjust practices in the current healthcare system than they do obeying the patriarchs of the Catholic Church, who are cynically catering to political powers. This is a gift to humanity, the women’s movement, social justice, Democrats, and certainly Jesus if one believes.

The Nuns are raising holy hell by defying the Bishops. They are taking a stand for real pro-life legislation. That is what goes on here. And in doing so, they have not only defied but also actually shamed the Bishops.

The nuns support the healthcare reform bill because it is pro-humanity, pro-life, pro-social justice – everything Jesus stands for in the bible.  However, the Bishops have no reason for their position, based as it is upon a lie. The driving force of their position is prideful indulgence of their own assumed power. I’m sure those boys don’t have the sense God gave them, so God’s only grace for them is that they don’t realize what preening fools they are. But back to our nuns and their stupendous courage….

It seems these nuns studied the bill, and having been in the trenches as first responders (as women are in general when it comes to healthcare), and they found it to be pro-life, pro-family, a good thing for the poor, and in general a pro-social justice piece of legislation. Which is what Jesus stood for and indeed, the very foundation of every religion I can think of. While they don’t find it perfect, they know we need this.

I can’t help but wonder what real America thinks about nuns reading. Isn’t reading elitist? And how on earth did these ladies get through this bill, which the Republicans have had on their desks for almost a year and still haven’t managed to read, due to its “length”?  Perhaps it was divine intervention.

Regardless of your beliefs, it’s hard not to be moved by the tireless work of the sisters of the Catholic Church. They minister to the poor, aid pregnant women, and run free clinics and hospitals across this country. They know first hand the inhumane damage the health care crisis is causing.

I don’t agree with their stance on abortion, but I do agree with their pro-life stance. Pro-life should mean that one is FOR LIFE for all people; poor, pregnant, not-pregnant — regardless of color, race, sex, religion, or crime committed. And anyone who has the courage to stand up for and behind the convictions of their faith, without cynically falling prey to hypocrisy in order to serve their political ends, deserves respect.

In their own words,

“We write to urge you to cast a life-affirming “yes” vote when the Senate health care bill (H.R. 3590) comes to the floor of the House for a vote as early as this week. …..

We have witnessed firsthand the impact of our national health care crisis, particularly its impact on women, children and people who are poor. We see the toll on families who have delayed seeking care due to a lack of health insurance coverage or lack of funds with which to pay high deductibles and co-pays. We have counseled and prayed with men, women and children who have been denied health care coverage by insurance companies. We have witnessed early and avoidable deaths because of delayed medical treatment.

…..It will make crucial investments in community health centers that largely serve poor women and children. And despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions. It will uphold longstanding conscience protections and it will make historic new investments – $250 million – in support of pregnant women. This is the REAL pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it.

…. In this Lenten time, we have launched nationwide prayer vigils for health care reform. We are praying for those who currently lack health care. We are praying for the nearly 45,000 who will lose their lives this year if Congress fails to act. We are also praying for you and your fellow Members of Congress as you complete your work in the coming days. For us, this health care reform is a faith mandate for life and dignity of all of our people.”

Sing it, Sisters. Score a big one for humanity.

7 Replies to “Nuns Diss Bishops by Supporting Healthcare: Only Fake Christians Left”

  1. Can we get an “Amen” from the congregation? The nuns have said it all, and I for one praise their reasoned stance.

  2. Same old socialist pseudo-spirituality from these nuns over the years. To these apostates, it is more important that government becomes what they think will be a benevolent caretaker and wealth distributor than spreading the actual Gospel. Mother Theresa did far more for the poor than all of these vapid, globetrotting phonies put together, and she always, everywhere opposed abortion and urged faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the Church. These sisters have chosen their own worldly, false messiah, yet try to bolster their credibility by waving around the clerical garb they no longer wear like a flag–“listen to us; we’re nuns!”

  3. @ObserverPA,

    and yet, you have not one fact on your side.

    In what way have they not opposed abortion?


    I smell a conspiracy theory a brewin’.

  4. I am a product of 12 years of catholic education. I did not send my daughter to catholic schools because I felt the church had become too much of a one issue church–anti abortion. I left the church and joined the episcopal church some years ago. I am happy to see that the nuns have finally stood up to the man only bishops who have kept these educated women from voicing their opinions and giving the church the benefit of their many years of dedication to the poor and our children. Perhaps if the nuns were allowed to become priests and bishops we would not have so many catholics of my age (62) fleeing the church for a more inclusive “tent” such as the episcopal church. Strike one for the women nuns! They join catholic hospitals in realizing what is really the goal here–helping the poor and americans enjoy good health care.

  5. Catholic Doctors dispute leftist, disloyal nuns regarding the healthcare bill–Abortion IS funded:

    Here in NW Pennsylvania, the home of Joan Chittister’s Benedictine group, the worldly sisters generally shun Pro-life activities and groups in favor of protest marches for various environmental, feminist, welfare or other cuases du jour. Just google Erie Benedictines or PAX Christi to learn more of the facts regarding these women. Yes, they should join another church, possibly Episcopalian or more likely the Unitarians or maybe just become Buddhists, so far do they depart from basic Christianity and Catholic doctrine.

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