Saturday, September 26, 2009

Unanimous, bipartisan vote this week, praises Catholic sisters!

In a unanimous vote this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H Res. #441) praising Catholic Sisters in the United States for their work in the country throughout US history. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) was the lead sponsor. I think it is amazing that anything could go through unanimously this Congress. Good on you, Sisters!

For the sisters, the Congressional commendation comes at a good time. The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has launched a sweeping investigation of them. This unprecedented inquiry which is already underway is termed an "apostolic visitation." The U.S. congregations of women religious will receive a questionnaire from the Vatican this month. On-site visitations of some orders will follow.

The House resolution, on the other hand, includes an endorsement of the goals of "WOMEN & SPIRIT: Catholic Sisters in America," a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center. It celebrates this group of innovative American women who helped shape the nation's social and cultural landscape. (For more info and two short videos on the exhibit, follow this link.)

The Congressional Resolution passed this week reads as follows:

Whereas today, there are approximately 59,000 Catholic sisters in the United States;

Whereas Catholic sisters participated in the opening of the West, traveling vast distances to minister in remote locations, setting up schools and hospitals, and working among native populations on distant reservations;

Whereas more than 600 sisters from 21 different religious communities nursed both Union and Confederate soldiers alike during the Civil War;

Whereas Catholic sisters cared for afflicted populations during the epidemics of cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, smallpox, tuberculosis, and influenza during the 19th and early 20th centuries;

Whereas Catholic sisters built and established hospitals, orphanages, and charitable institutions that have served millions of people, managing organizations long before similar positions were open to women;

Whereas approximately one in six hospital patients in the United States were treated in a Catholic facility;

Whereas Catholic sisters have been among the first to stand with the underprivileged, to work and educate among the poor and underserved, and to facilitate leadership through opportunity and example;

Whereas Catholic sisters continue to provide shelter, food, and basic human needs to the economically or socially disadvantaged and advocate relentlessly for the fair and equal treatment of all persons;

Whereas Catholic sisters work for the eradication of poverty and racism and for the promotion of nonviolence, equality, and democracy in principle and in action;

Whereas the humanitarian work of Catholic sisters with communities in crisis and refuge throughout the world positions them as activists and diplomats of peace and justice for the some of the most at risk populations; and

Whereas the Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America Traveling Exhibit is sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center and will open on May 16, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) honors and commends Catholic sisters for their humble service and courageous sacrifice throughout the history of this Nation; and

(2) supports the goals of the Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America Traveling Exhibit, a project sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center and established to recognize the historical contributions of Catholic sisters in the United States.


In a thirty-second video trailer, the sisters explain the significance of the traveling exhibit "Women & Spirit."


afeatheradrift said...

This is good news indeed. They are some of the most deserving of recognition people I know of.

Fran said...

Thank you for posting this - the Sisters have done so much, they continue to do so, thanks be to God.

Of course, that can be a threat, can't it?

I am so glad to see them recognized as they should be.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

What a good story.

Brother Tim said...

Thanks for posting this, Billie. It's high time we hear of some other Christians besides the loony-extreme-right-wing Evangelicals.

Spadoman said...

Here in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area, we have four sisters who are sisters.
They are the McDonald sisters, Brigid, Jane, Kate and Rita. They are retired Catholic nuns. The sisters are Sisters of St. Joseph's of Carondolet, whose mission is to be advocates of the poor. According to the sisters, there is no question how war affects the poor.

I have had and will continue to have the honor of knowing them and standing for peace with them often at regional rallies and vigils.

Here is a link to a story about them:

Thanks for the post.

Peace to all.

Vicente Duque said...

Thanks to Sisters for Centuries of Good Works, Kindness and Humanity


Catholic Magazine "First Things" :

America's housing market collapsed because of the Lack of Babies with two parents at home. America is the leper that still has some fingers - Depression Economics

How Demography produces Depression. Americans won't go to Disneyland !! ( Because of lack of children and money )

Catholic Magazine "First Things" ... And a Conservative Intelligent Reaganite Economist. They complian a lot because of the Bad Economy and rant a lot against Liberals, Democratic Party and Mr Obama.

After lots of complaining for the bad use of Economics, Economist David P. Goldman still has faith in Conservatism and Reagonomics. However he doesn't hate Immigrants or Third Worlders and find them useful to cure many economic ailments of the "First World".

America is the leper that still has some fingers !!

Firsth Things Magazine
Demographics & Depression
By David P. Goldman
May 2009

Demographics & Depression

In our site MILENIALS.COM you can find more information about these problems of Reproduction, Demography and Economics. And the relation to Immigration :

Vicente Duque

Mary Ellen said...

Excellent post and so happy to hear it!

I have a cousin who is a nun (semi-retired) who worked at a mission in Liberia before and during the apartheid. Anyway, they were told to leave because it had become too dangerous and although some did leave, five remained because they used their documents to sneak out some of the girls from the village who would have been raped and murdered by the soldiers. My cousin had to leave because she was older and very short so none of the girls would be able to be passed off as her.

The five nuns who made this sacrifice were all raped and murdered shortly after my cousin left, and are now up for "sainthood".

Nuns often get a 'bad rap' but in reality, they are living saints (IMO).

AArdvarker said...

There may be a catch 22 here.
In return for this recognition, I worry that our do-nothing Congress now expects these good sisters to provide free nursing care to the ill when they fail to get a workable health care bill passed.

Border Explorer said...

I just love all these comments. Thank you for reading this article and for posting a comment!

spadoman, I will follow that link.

Mary Ellen, I remember reading the news of the rape and murder of those sisters. What a remarkable connection you have to that heroism.

AArdvark, that is a twist on health care reform that had not occurred to me. You're doing some good thinking.

Liberality said...

I think these nuns are the living saints you make them out to be-especially in today's world of strife. However, in the past, nuns were used to suppress Native Americans. Just saying, even the nuns aren't perfect

I do not think that Rome should be persecuting today's nuns because Rome thinks them too liberal though.

Dave Dubya said...

As a young lad I had a love /terror relationship with the nuns.

I no longer fear them.

They exhibit more Christian love by example than their leaders can do up the male Hierarchy of the church.

God bless 'em.

TomCat said...

Hi Farmer Billie. Thanks for your visit and comment at Politics Plus. You're followed and on the blog roll.

Fran stole my comment, so I'll just agree with her. I knew Nunly would love it. :-)

Jan said...

I am glad to know of this. Thanks for posting this good news.