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.

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