To my surprise, one of the speakers last night at the DNC was a Catholic nun, Sister Simone Campbell, who is the executive director of Network. Network is a Roman Catholic Social justice organization.
Given the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion, I was surprised to learn that Sister Simone had driven across the country advocating her ‘pro-life” stance.
To my surprise, the “pro-life’ stance that motivated Sister Simone to traverse the entire country was concern, not for the rights of an unformed embryo, but the rights of people living and suffering in the United States. In particular the Nuns on the Bus, have focused on the Ryan Budget, and what it would mean for the middle class, and the poor. Note that this was the focus of the nuns BEFORE Ryan was selected as Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate, and in spite of the fact that Paul Ryan is Catholic. Last June Sister Simone traveled with other Catholic sisters on a 2,700-mile journey “to tell Americans about the budget Paul Ryan wrote and which Romney has endorsed.’ The critical problem with the Ryan budget, according to Sister Simone, is that the budget results in the wealthy becoming wealthier, and the poor becoming poorer.
Here is her speech given last night:
Clearly Sister Simone is more concerned with people living in poverty in the United States than the unborn. While she may be “pro-life” on abortion issues, her focus is to help those in our society who have been cast off. She is focused on helping the five year-old child who may die from neglect and starvation rather than the five day old embryo that might be aborted. Sister Simone is not a famous politician. Her net worth isn’t measured in dollars and cents, but by the contribution she makes to the poor and destitute. She is a hero. She is willing to fight for what she believes, which is not about herself. She rides in a bus, not Cadillacs. She probably doesn’t have a dog, but if she did, she wouldn’t strap him to the roof of her bus.
Instead of throwing people under the bus, she rides the bus to lend a hand; to pull them out from under the bus; to raise them up. Compare the good work done by Sister Simone in her bus, to that of Sarah Palin and her bus. Sister Simone speaks up for the weak by speaking out against the Romney/Ryan budget. Sarah Palin speaks up for herself, by promoting the Romney/Ryan budget. “Common sense” would indicate Sister Simone has a servant’s heart, while Sarah Palin and the Republicans are heartless.