First Colbert, now memoir for ‘A Nun on the Bus,’ Simone Campbell
If you were one of the many progressive Catholics elated last year by seeing progressive nun/ lobbyist Simone Campbell hit the big time — interviewed on the Stephen Colbert show, then spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention — she’s moving deeper into celeb territory: Sister Simone is writing a memoir.
HarperOne – Harper’s faith imprint – announced Thursday that next April they’ll publish “A Nun on the Bus,” named after the widely watched national bus tour Campbell and other sisters launched last year to oppose Paul Ryan’s budget plan.
If you were one of the many conservative Catholics who hated seeing kudos lavished on a liberal nun who sided with President Obama against the Catholic bishops on health-care reform, you may want to skip this one.
All of Campbell’s proceeds will go to her left-leaning lobbying and advocacy shop, NETWORK, and other non-profits, HarperOne said. She’ll be writing with Catholic journalist David Gibson.
Much of Campbell’s bio is already known – she grew up in a not particularly religious home in California, then went on to become a nun and lawyer and founded a community law center for the poor. Then she came to Washington and is known around Capitol Hill for her advocacy on things like expanding health-care access and services for immigrants. She favors blazers, jangly earrings and spicy language. The book will apparently go into more detail about her life and the lives of people around the country she met on the bus tour.
It’s unclear if the book will focus much on the standoff underway between the Vatican and a major nun organization to which Campbell belongs, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The Vatican has called on several bishops to “reform” the group, which Vatican investigators said was airing “heretical” feminist ideas and anti-Catholic teachings on subjects such as female priests. Pope Francis recently affirmed that the probe will continue.
HarperOne in its publicity material seemed to be piggybacking on the huge popularity of Francis, who has focused in his few months as pope on spirituality and service rather than divisive doctrine.
The book “will offer readers a fresh vision for a new spirituality at the heart of today’s progressive Christian movements,” a news release said.
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Invisible this week as Boy Scout leaders decide whether to welcome openly gay Scouts: the voters
With Boy Scout leaders preparing to vote Thursday on whether to accept openly gay Scouts, protesters on both sides are descending upon the suburb of Grapevine, Tex.
People from various perspectives who are interested in the vote outcome – scheduled to be announced around 5 p.m. Dallas-Fort Worth time – will be visible at marches, rallies and likely non-stop press availabilities. Expect to see Scouts and their families, adult leaders and people who have no direct connection with Scouting but are revved up about whether openly gay Scouts affirm or mar Boy Scout values.
On the table: a resolution to end the Scouts’ longtime ban on openly gay members. The existing ban on openly gay adult leaders would remain.
What you likely won’t see: the people making the decision. That’s because the names of the 1,400-member National Council – leaders from around the country -- are kept confidential. The majority of people voting have not made their names, nor how they plan to vote, public.Continue reading this post »
Catholic Church sees ‘hopeful future’ in the Boy Scouts, even if openly gay scouts allowed
The Catholic Church, one of the country’s largest sponsors of Boy Scout troops, is “hopeful” about remaining with the Scouts — even if its governing board later this week votes to welcome openly gay scouts, a new letter appears to say.
In a May 19 letter to the group Scouts for Equality, Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting says “with regard to a possible BSA membership change, we will continue to uphold the truths of the Church’s teaching and strive to maintain our ties with the BSA,” Guglielmone wrote. “The Catholic Church in the United States has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the BSA, and I hope that relationship can continue.”Continue reading this post »
Religious leaders ‘pray for Boston,’ contemplate evil in the world
As news reports out of Boston continue to evolve from Monday’s bombing, religious and nonreligious leaders and activists contemplated the existence of evil and good.