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USCCB blog features post by Cokie Roberts

Catholic World News - December 04, 2012

The blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops features a post by Cokie Roberts requesting contributions to the Retirement Fund for Religious.

“Day after day these women work with the poor, the sick, the frightened, the incarcerated,” the ABC political commentator writes in reference to women religious. “It is literally the Lord’s work. And it is, by definition, work that doesn’t pay very well in terms of money, even if it results in sainthood. So now tens of thousands of religious women and their brother priests are left in need of cash for their care. It’s a problem that’s only going to get worse as the population of religious ages. So we have to pitch in.”

A strident critic of the Vatican’s doctrinal investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Roberts has criticized Pope Benedict XVI as “really lacking in the theological virtue of charity.” Her criticism of legislative measures against partial-birth abortion has also spawned controversy, though in September she criticized the Democratic National Convention as being “over the top” on abortion.

In a 2012 newspaper column, Roberts discussed her support of same-sex marriage. “The forces opposing” same-sex marriage “are well-organized and highly motivated,” she wrote. “But those forces are on the wrong side of justice. And history.”

The day after the blog post appeared, the USCCB drew attention to it on its homepage: "ABC News commentator Cokie Roberts blogs about the ground-breaking and innovative ways in which women religious have made our nation a better place."

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Dec. 04, 2012 5:43 PM ET USA

    And Cokie Roberts is on the wrong side of God's truth which is eternal.

  • Posted by: Fiducia - Dec. 04, 2012 5:33 PM ET USA

    Agree gop. We need to use our charitable contributions to support specific orders of sisters and priests who are faithful, not donate to these general funds.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Dec. 04, 2012 5:25 PM ET USA

    Is there any control at all over the staff at the USCCB? Isn't the laughing Cardinal supposed to be in charge of this operation?

  • Posted by: gop - Dec. 04, 2012 10:03 AM ET USA

    please explain to me why the USCBC would ask faithful Catholics to support the retirement fund of nuns who, for all practical purposes, have left their religious vocations and are unfaithful to the Church? There are other needs that are worth supporting.

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