A reader sent me a link to a voters guide
from the Sisters, Servants of
the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Michigan.
Catholic Answers in their voting guide
list five non-negotiable issues that are always intrinsically evil.
Abortion, Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Human
Cloning and Homosexual “Marriage.” The UCCB’s Faithful
Citizenship also mentions these issues with a lot of emphasis on
abortion and making it clear that it is not just one of several issues.
Now if I ask you how many of these items
made it into the Sister’s voting guide, what would be your answer.
If you answered zero then bingo – pat yourself on the back.
For them the most important issues are Militarism,
Immigration, Global Climate Change (bet you knew that would be in
there), and Peace.
Ironically their section on militarism
starts with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet
Union. I guess they thought this happened because people
threw some blood on some missiles or something. For them
militarism means actually having a military that might be able to
Their section on immigration says that the
Minuteman “mounted their own attacks on immigrants” so their definition
of “attack” must be pretty loose. And of course the border
fence is all about racism doncha know. They cite Church
documents yet fail to find the fact that the Church says “Political
authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are
responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to
various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the subject to
various juridical conditions immigrants duties toward their country of
adoption.” The problem with so many social justice types is
that they are very selective on Church teaching. If they
advocated a very open immigration policy while at the same time
limiting illegal immigration they would be much closer to the mark.
In their section on global warming they quote Nobel Peace Prize winner
Wangari Maathai who thinks that HIV/AIDS was created by Western
governments to kill Africans. Well since she also believes in
global warming I guess she is consistent. At least they
mentioned the fact that biofuels are reducing food supplies and
increasing food prices. Though this is only the result of the
global warming hoax in the first place.
There section on Peace I think was written
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
since it has that recommendation for the “Department of Peace” in it.
It is not that I disagree with everything they say in this document, it
is just so lopsided and sounds like it was issued by Sen. Obama instead
of an order of Sisters in the religious life. There was
another nun that talked about peace and set a much better example:
But I feel that the greatest destroyer
peace today is abortion,
because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent
child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can
kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one
another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always,
we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means
willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us.
So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love,
that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect
the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must
also give until it hurts.
We will certainly never move towards a
non-violent culture while we ignore the most violent of institutional
They also the follow the infallible guide to identify
progressive religlious orders. That is they have plenty of
links to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and zero to
the Vatican. Sustainability gets 50 hits on a search while abortion
gets one and hen it is just included as a bunch of issues.
Though I guess the easier tell-tale sign is that no one wears
habits and it is impossible to differential pictures of a groups of
progressive nuns from a woman’s groups in a retirement home.