Here’s Your Chance, Sister Joan

Dear Sister Joan Chittister:

You don’t know me, but I’ve seen and read a lot about you. I’m a Catholic and you’re a Catholic and yet we disagree on several crucial issues which define our faith in Christ and His Church. Your outspoken defiance of Catholic teaching on abortion, among other things, is most divisive. When people see a Catholic nun defending abortion, it sews disharmony and creates confusion. Recently, one of your quotes has found new favor among those who support the killing of unborn children. You haven’t made any newer statement to correct their usage. Neither have I been able to find any evidence that you condemn the actions of Planned Parenthood regarding their abortion practices including butchering babies for profit. Here’s what you’ve said: “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born, but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed.”

Let me be blunt, Sister: we can’t feed or educate or house a child if that child is crushed to death in her mother’s womb. We can debate the politics of social services, but the fact is that the largest provider of child services in the entire private sector is the Catholic Church. Remember the Catholic Church? When you took your vows as a Benedictine nun more than 60 years ago, you entered into a relationship of profound obedience to the Church and her teachings. I realize that a nun who is faithful to the Church rarely makes news and you have always courted the spotlight. You could use your minor celebrity spotlight to support and defend the lives of the unborn. But you choose to attack the pro-life cause instead. Maybe you’re worried if you do that Oprah won’t invite you back to her network talk show. You wouldn’t be able to continue to argue for your other pet cause: the ordination of women. Funny that you would want women to become priests (even if that were possible) since priests faithful to Church teachers are great defenders of the unborn Do you see the irony here? Does it bother you at all?

Sister Joan, please don’t think I’m attacking your vocation. I respect that you have lived your life as a professed “Benedictine.”I put your order in quotes since your house has chosen to abandon in many ways the Rule of St. Benedict, including the cloister. I suppose that is between you and your superiors, your Bishop and our Pope. You’ve had occasion, over the decades, to tempt each of them to issue you discipline or censure because of your actions and speeches. So far, no one in the Church has found the courage to do so. Will the Planned Parenthood revelations be enough now to prompt you into becoming an advocate for innocent babies? I pray it will.

You see, the Catholic Church needs women like you. We need women (and men) of courage and conviction who can speak in charity and in humility to a culture that is at odds with life and innocence. We need women (and men) of faith who are unafraid to speak the truth to sin and to the lies of relativism. We need Catholics who are less-interested in self-promotion than in giving themselves in service to the least among us, like children in the womb. More Mother Teresa and less Oprah, if you know what I mean. Now there’s a women who spoke truth to power, and I don’t mean your friend O. Remember her address to the United Nations? She was fearless in proclaiming the truth about abortion to all the leaders of the world. Like you, she stressed the need to care for (to feed, to educate and to house) children. But here’s where Mother Teresa differs from you, Sister Joan: “Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die from hunger and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today—abortion which brings people to such blindness.”

I pray that you’ll allow God to change your heart and that you’ll become a beacon for life in our culture of death. I found something you once said about women’s ordination: “Feminism is about allowing every member of the human race to become a fully-functioning member of the human race, to become a fully-functioning adult.” Yes, Sister Joan, EVERY member of the human race does have the right to become an adult. Every baby has the right to grow up. Please have the courage to defend that right.  

“If we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

      —Blessed Mother Teresa 


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kph52013
    Aug 10, 2015 @ 09:54:19

    So well said!


  2. SR
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 01:55:00

    Amen and Amen!!!!! I do not even listen to her anymore!!!!!!!! God Bless, SR


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