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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 21, 2008

"I want this to be a dialogue," Sister Hartman said, and then didn't shut up for forty-five minutes. -- P.J. O'Rourke, Holidays in Hell, recounting an interview with a Sandinista nun.

Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, offers us "An Imaginary Dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI."

Contribution on the part of Benedict was deemed superfluous.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2008 11:37 AM ET USA

    Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward." Matt. 6:1-2

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2008 9:06 AM ET USA

    "Further, I would want to tell the pope that we struggle to make our daily efforts transparent to the love of God which animates us and the hope that guides us into the future."-and what, pray tell, does that mean?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2008 7:42 AM ET USA

    Unfortunately, most orders of nuns aren't doing anything that laity can't do well with their own particular charisms. It seems the article was a cry for affirmation that their ministry is relevant. Until nuns return to living and praying in common and dedicating themselves to the evangelical counsels, they won't be attractive to the young. A radical call to holiness attracts intrepid souls. A scripted appeal to barren mediocrity attracts an appeal to "talk to the hand."

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2008 6:58 AM ET USA

    Sister Gottemoeller's post is not bad in that she does not bring up progressive disagreements. Her fellow sisters', though, do. True, it's not a theological masterpiece, but it's not "What is she thinking?!"

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