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New tour for ‘nuns on the bus’

May 28, 2013

Network – the lobbying group whose president addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2012 after stating she was hesitant to call herself pro-life – is launching its second “nuns on the bus” tour.

Last summer, 14 religious sisters boarded a bus in Iowa and traveled to Washington to protest Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan. This year, the sisters will advocate for immigration reform.

The nuns will board a bus in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 28 and will conclude their tour in San Francisco on June 18.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith criticized Network in its 2012 Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious:

Bishop Blair presented further documentation on the content of the LCWR’s Mentoring Leadership Manual and also on the organizations associated with the LCWR, namely Network and The Resource Center for Religious Institutes. The documentation reveals that, while there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States. Further, issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church’s Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching.

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  • Posted by: michaelwilmes - May. 30, 2013 8:46 AM ET USA

    I read yesterday that the Walmarts down south are stocking their shelves with polyester pant-suits in anticipation of the nun's (purposefully singular) arrival. :o)

  • Posted by: unum - May. 29, 2013 10:29 AM ET USA

    The progressive term, "Useful idiots" comes to mind ... Too bad some of our "Low info" religious are following the progressive creed instead of the Apostles Creed!

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - May. 29, 2013 12:01 AM ET USA

    The funding isn't hard to figure out, jg -- George Soros. Take a look at this: And the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area -- Fed employees. Here's a puffy HuffPo piece on the new tour: But since this is going through the South, I wonder what kind of reception they'll get.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 28, 2013 2:00 PM ET USA

    Any chance the nuns meant to "emigrate" and they were just confused? (Of course, SF is like another country, too!)

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 28, 2013 7:52 AM ET USA

    I sometimes wonder who exactly is paying for these silly bus trips. Many of us like to contribute to retirement homes for religious. Can we assume none of this money is going for these "Dems....uh....Nuns on the bus" tour?