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‘Nuns on the Bus’ leader assails Church’s male hierarchy

March 08, 2017

Speaking at a conference at the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus” assailed the male hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

“It is about male power and male image, not people’s stories,” said Sister Campbell. “The real trouble is they have defined their power as spiritual leadership and they don’t have a clue about spiritual life.”

The conference at which the American sister was speaking was focused on the contributions that women make to world peace. The conference was timed for the International Women’s Day, March 8, and organized jointly by the Jesuit Refugee Services and the Fidel Gotz Foundation, an institution based in Liechtenstein.


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  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2017 12:22 PM ET USA

    I stand "against" the Nuns on the Bus. They lied to congressmen/women regarding abortion and the the affordable care act.

  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 09, 2017 8:53 AM ET USA

    A "priesthood" with political, or any other, agenda in place of service and sacrifice does not come from divine calling. And that is why the Church shouldn't fear to ban sexual deviants from ordination.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Mar. 09, 2017 5:48 AM ET USA

    Like all the other feminists that protested on March 8th, they make themselves irrelevant out here in the real world. My husband's birthday is March 8th - so after I came home from a job I wouldn't dare take off from, I made his dinner & pampered him all evening. Wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 08, 2017 11:08 PM ET USA

    I carry no brief for the Nuns on the Bus, but she does have a point.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Mar. 08, 2017 7:12 PM ET USA

    I continue to be proud that a friend and I (and another Catholic woman who came independently of us) I protested against the Nuns on the Bus at their first major tour stop at Paul Ryan's office in Janesville, WI.