CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In April, a statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops highlighted its criticism of budget proposals from House Republicans and Congressman Paul Ryan as failing to protect the poor and vulnerable.
The next day, the Vatican announced disciplinary action against a group of American nuns for offenses including sponsoring conferences that featured “a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”
So, asks Sister Simone Campbell, who heads the censured social justice group NETWORK, which got the most attention? The way she sees it, her “Nuns on the Bus” tour to spotlight issues of social justice — across nine states, including Ryan’s Wisconsin — is perfectly in line with Catholic teaching. “We’re sticking with the bishops on this one.’’
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