Nuns Facing the Ruler


The Vatican’s effort to rein in American nuns achieved a new level of visibility over the last few weeks. Last Monday, Stephen Colbert interviewed Sister Simone Campbell, director of Network—a Catholic social justice lobby. When asked about the church’s recent censure, Campbell articulated the sisters’ shared commitment to "the gospel," particularly "to live as Jesus did in relationship with people at the margins of our society." Colbert appeared to be impressed.

My recent article, Nuns Facing the Ruler, explores the challenges and opportunities facing American nuns as they navigate this conflict.

About the author

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and coauthor of The Unfinished Reformation.


  1. You are an impressive writer. I would bet that the average age of the nuns in the LCWR is 75 years old and the average age of the thriving communities is 30.This is an end of a liberal age in the Church. It will go fast. Long live the Church!

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