Iowa: Nuns on the Road to Protest Budget Cuts
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A group of Roman Catholic nuns has begun a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts, saying it was not trying to flout recent Vatican criticisms of socially active nuns but felt called to show how Republican policies are affecting low-income families. The tour, which started in Des Moines, was organized by Network, a Washington-based Catholic social justice group criticized in a recent Vatican report that said some organizations led by nuns have focused too much on economic injustice while failing to promote the church’s teachings on abortion and same-sex marriage. The Vatican asked American bishops to look at Network’s ties to another group of nuns it is reorganizing because of what the church calls “serious doctrinal problems.” Sister Simone Campbell, Network’s executive director, said the timing of the tour was in response to consideration of the federal budget in Congress. “We’re doing this because of what’s happening on the Hill,” she said. “We’re desperate to get the word out. That’s why we’re doing it now.” Fourteen nuns will rotate on and off the bus for two weeks.
Thanks to New York Times.