Remember when the Vatican blasted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (aka about 80 percent of American sisters) for focusing on the poor and hungry instead of railing against reproductive rights and gay people?
Well, those “radical feminist” gals haven’t taken the criticism lying down. And with public support behind them, The New York Timesreports that sisters from Network, a liberal-leaning Catholic lobby group, will travel through nine states to visit “homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and health care facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and disenfranchised.” They’ll also do some protesting against budget cuts targeting the poor and working class that were recently passed by the House of Representatives.
The tour, officially titled “Nuns on the Bus: Nuns Drive for Faith, Family and Fairness,” will being on June 18 in Iowa. It just so happens that their trip coincides with the Catholic bishops’ “Fortnight of Freedom”, a series of protests against the Obama administration for its birth control mandate. The Health and Human Services directive ensures that employees of religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, and charities can have their contraceptives covered by insurance.
Naturally, those employees can make the conscience-based decision to reject birth control, though approximately 82 percent of Catholics are totally on board with the slut pills. Whoops. And according to the Public Religion Research Institute, most Roman Catholics do support the contraceptives mandate. Sorry, boys.
According to the Times report, the Network sisters are ambivalent of the bishops’ crusade for “religious liberty”. Join the club, ladies.
So, if you want to see these sisters in action and live in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Maryland, you’re in luck! They’ll be on the road until July 2, and you can check out their schedule here.
P.S. – While doing a bit of snooping on their site, I also noticed that they’re really active in the attempt to close the wage gap between male and female workers. Can someone from one of those nine states hug them for me, please?
(Image via The New York Times)