This, from Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the vice president of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa:
And if those issues become points of conflict, it's because Women Religious stand in very close proximity to people at the margins, to people with very painful, difficult situations in their lives. That is our gift to the church. Our gift to the church is to be with those who have been made poorer, with those on the margins. Questions there are much less black and white because human realities are much less black and white. That's where we spend our days."
The Vatican is sending a team of bishops -- I'm imagining the long, slow-mo tracking shot of them walking down a hallway toward an interrogation room -- to put the sisters back in line on social issues like sexuality and reproductive rights. That's gonna go well.
(via Melody Kramer's FB page...)