Kristof on the nuns

Great Op-Ed from Nicholas Kristoff today on the Catholic hierarchy’s misguided efforts against American nuns (which I addressed here).   Some highlights:

They [nuns] are also among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world. In my travels, I’ve seen heroic nuns defy warlords, pimps and bandits. Even as bishops have disgraced the church by covering up the rape of children, nuns have redeemed it with their humble work on behalf of the neediest.

So, Pope Benedict, all I can say is: You are crazy to mess with nuns.

The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.

What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down…

Nuns have triumphed over an errant hierarchy before. In the 19th century, the Catholic Church excommunicated an Australian nun named Mary MacKillop after her order exposed a pedophile priest. Sister Mary was eventually invited back to the church and became renowned for her work with the poor. In 2010, Pope Benedictcanonized her as Australia’s first saint.

“Let us be guided” by Sister Mary’s teachings, the pope declared then.

Amen to that.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

3 Responses to Kristof on the nuns

  1. Again I say that Catholocism is a cult not guided by the bible but by the Pope who rejects biblical teaching

    • Mike says:

      Well of course it is. Where as the talking snake crowd, the groups who believe the earth is 6000 years old, that dino’s lived with humans,that every word of the bible is the absolute truth, they the very model of introspection and carefully considered reason.

      As you yourself are. So very introspective.

      Pot. Kettle. Black.

  2. don’t lump me in with other people here. I am specifically talking about the catholic church who has made up doctrine in contradiction to biblical teaching that main stream evangelicals trust more so than the pope

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