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Sister Joan Chittister, the dissident nun, explains why she fights for women’s rights

Speaking to Catholic writer Tom Roberts, Sister Joan Chittister told him her own secret history, of growing up with an abusive and alcoholic stepfather and a devout Catholic mother. Their conversation about her childhood and her reasons for joining the order of Benedictine nuns forms the opening of his new biography on the internationally-known maverick nun.

Writing for Religion News Service, Cathy Lynn Grossman provides context for their conversation and shares some excerpts about the motivations of Sister Chittister.

From the article:

“All my professional life, I have […]

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Notes from the Inaugural Women’s Assembly at Parliament of the World’s Religions

Photo from conference by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

KSL of Salt Lake City, Utah, reported on the Inaugural Women’s Assembly at Parliament of the World’s Religions, with remarks and comments from some of the women faith leaders who were part of the conference.

Among them were M. Hasna Maznavi, founder of the Women’s Mosque of America, who spoke about the surprise and disappointment she felt when her Mosque was portrayed as a way to ‘escape’ Muslim men. Victoria Rue, a member of the group […]

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Pope Francis calls for the promotion of women in the RC Church

Women at the Vatican: Photo CNS/Paul Haring

Acknowledging that women can be leaders in the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said it wasn’t enough to “recover” their role in the church, calling for the promotion of women.

Catholic News Stories published his remarks, along with some additional context, and an interesting passage where the Pope articulates differences between spiritual directors and confessors.

From the article:

It’s not easy,” the pope said. “A spiritual director is one thing and a confessor is another. I go to […]

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