“Nuns on the Bus” for Immigration Reform

It is interesting which stories about the United States get play in the foreign press. In searching Al Jazeera, the first write-up I came across was Kristen Saloomey’s article on Nuns on the Bus. These sisters are led by Sister Simone Campbell and Sister Eileen Marnien and they are an immigration reform group. And they are (apparently) traveling around fifteen eastern states, pushing their ideas on immigration:

This week I met a nun from Philadelphia who works with immigrants.

Sister Eileen Marnien told me how the Sisters of St Joseph bought an old funeral home in her city and converted it into a welcome centre after a number of Catholic schools in the area closed down, leaving them with no work.

“I feel like we sisters do what we have always done,” she said. “If there’s a need, we step up.”

Sister Eileen was attending a rally for immigration reform outside St Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral in Camden, New Jersey, one of dozens of events organised by a group of sisters who call themselves the “Nuns on the Bus.”

They’ve launched a 15-state bus tour to raise support for an immigration reform bill currently making its way through the US Congress.

Sister Eileen Marnien told me how the Sisters of St Joseph, nuns on the bus (www.nunsonthebus.org)
Sister Eileen Marnien told me how the Sisters of St Joseph, nuns on the bus (www.nunsonthebus.org)

“We have a very narrow window of time in which to get it done so we thought, what else can we do?” said Sister Simone Campbell, the head of the Catholic lobbying organisation Network and the force behind the Nuns on the Bus.

“It is the urgency of now that got us back on the road.”

Do read what Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, has to say about the group. It is telling that the nuns won’t speak out against abortion, but have no problem pushing immigration reform. Al Jazeera probably loves publishing this story. It shows a schism in the Church and highlights a bruising political battle.

3 thoughts on ““Nuns on the Bus” for Immigration Reform”

  1. The Vatican may well excommunicate the ‘NUNS on the bus’ as they will not endure the tail wagging the dog.

    Then they can enter into the political arena without a care in the world… Simple!

    Yours Aye.

  2. The problem with all of this according to the AP is taking the ‘illegal’ out of the immigration debate….the illegals got here by breaking the law…they’re still illegal regardless of how the press conflates the two…and legal immigrants are thrown under that bus…the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ are doing something their own Church cannot and will not endorse…so, it’s time to let them go…they only touch the emotional heart strings and the reality is something else they’ve chosen to ignore….and the current Immigration Bill is an amnesty for illegal immigrants and throws legal immigrants under the bus…maybe it’s the Nun’s bus for all I know….despite what Schumer/Durbin duo have to say, this current bill in Congress is a turkey and it doesn’t even have sixty votes never mind seventy….k

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