Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister espoused the usual nonsense in the latest NCR.
Congratulations on 40 years of truth telling, transformation and voice. In the face of growing attempts at U.S. hegemony around the world, the ethical questions surrounding the genetic manipulation of food production, the oppression of sexual minorities, the religious polarizations concerning definitions of life, the unraveling of basic democratic principles in the United States itself, the oppression of the feminine — its values, its goals, its agendas — everywhere, our blatant disregard for the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions, the emergence of a new Puritanism and an old isolationism in American politics: NCR stand up, speak out and speak on.
Be who you are, be who you have always been. And if you really love the church, whatever you do, NCR, for the sake of the Galilean, for the sake of the next kid with a gleam in her eye. Whatever you do, don’t lose your nerve now.
Funny how when she looked back at the highlights she could not find protecting the unborn or defending orthodoxy – not that she would have found it lately in any of their pages. First off she lists the fight against genetic manipulation of food production while they have been very soft when it comes to genetic manipulation of humans. Embryonic stem-cell research can be promoted, but new crops of corn to feed starving people must be fought. I am sorry but the NCR standing up and speaking out should really be sit down and shut up.