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Naming the Names of the Nuns

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 27, 2012

Courtesy of CatholicCulture.org supporter Mary Greene, here are the names and affiliations of the twenty-one sisters who filed the Friends of the Court brief with the Supreme Court in favor of Obamacare, as discussed in my On the Culture commentary, The Sisters and Universal Health Care: Forgetting What Religion Is:

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  • Margaret Byrne, CSJP
    Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
  • Simone Campbell, SSS
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  • Janice Cebula, OSF
    Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa
  • Nancy Conway, CSJ
    Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Jacquelyn Doepker, OSF
    Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio
  • Gemma Doll, OP
    Dominican Sisters of Peace
  • Rose Mary Dowling, FSM
    Franciscan Sisters of Mary
  • Patricia Farrell, OSF
    Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  • Mary Genino, RSHM
    Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Western American Province
  • Gladys Guenther, SHF
    Sisters of the Holy Family
  • Beatrice Haines, OLVM
    Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters
  • Mary Ellen Holohan, SNJMM
    Sisters of the Holy Names Province, Leadership Team
  • Gloria Marie Jones, OP
    Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
  • Attracta Kelly, OP
    Adrian Dominican Sisters
  • Patricia McDermott, RSM
    Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • Joan Mumaw, IHM
    Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe), Leadership Council
  • Mary Pellegrino, CSJ
    Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden
  • Mary Rehmann, CHM
    Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Davenport, Iowa
  • Theresa Sandok, OSM
    Servants of Mary, Ladysmith, Wisconsin
  • Nancy Schreck, OSF
    Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM
    Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: pcamarata4429 - Mar. 26, 2019 7:48 PM ET USA

    “When a man takes an oath, Meg, he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then — he needn't hope to find himself again. Sir Thomas More, Act II in Robert Bolt’s A Man for all Seasons Wonder who opened his fingers...and has lost himself

  • Posted by: Montserrat - Mar. 26, 2019 4:01 PM ET USA

    Thanks very much for providing the latae sententiae documentation. Was wondering how this book was possible. Now I know. Let’s hope the offender(s) are unmasked before the next conclave.

  • Posted by: Edward I. - Mar. 26, 2019 8:01 AM ET USA

    The conclusion isn't unavoidable if you're willing to embrace a naive outlook: the Pope simply dispensed one or more Cardinals from that oath. The possibility's there, and since it is, it would be rash to assume otherwise. Especially given the benefit of the doubt which filial piety demands we give to our spiritual fathers, right? Not that I doubt your conclusions. Every week for years some new scandal with a technically possible innocuous interpretation has arisen to test our "charity".

  • Posted by: Cory - Mar. 26, 2019 4:28 AM ET USA

    Ah Phil, You forgot this bit when you made the list: "unless I should receive a special faculty given expressly by the newly-elected Pontiff or by his successors" Option e: someone was given the greenlight to go ahead?

  • Posted by: jeanneg117438 - Mar. 25, 2019 7:35 PM ET USA

    Isn't there another possibility? Couldn't the "Supreme Pontiff" have given permission for a Cardinal (or two) to speak confidentially (or otherwise) to the media? Given Francis's strange relationship with the media and propensity to speak off the cuff even to journalists who are self-professed enemies of the Church, isn't it possible that he gave permission to some of his supporters to speak to media?

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Mar. 25, 2019 4:05 PM ET USA

    In for an inch, in for a mile seems to be obvious. After all the telling of secrets pale in comparison to the deliberate destruction to our Catholic church. I paraphrase what pope B XVI said, the Church will be much smaller. Question is can the Church get smaller without clerical assistance in driving the faithful out in much the same way as Christ drove the vendors from the temple? I think bad clerics is very effective in bringing destruction.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 02, 2012 6:00 PM ET USA

    Interesting description, Cornelius. This is but to say that a horror of sin is a function of sanctifying grace, which tragically, I imagine these ladies lost many years ago. We must pray for God to restore these ladies (and indifferent Catholics everywhere) to grace.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2012 8:54 AM ET USA

    I've talked with 'Catholics' who think like these sisters about this issue, and what I've noted is their relative indifference to sin. They lack a horror of sin, even grave sin. This baffles me, as I've found no way to communicate to them what horror of sin is or feels like. It's like trying to explain color to a person blind from birth. The conversation stops at this point and we just stare at each other - nothing more to say.