Since the early 1970′s nuns from the progressive Catholic lobby organization NETWORK, have been taking on the system to fight for social and economic justice. The guidance for their work comes from the charity oriented Bible gospels. The Nuns are faithful to these words that seem to be hardly remembered by many mainstream religious factions, and they have not been afraid to battle these important issues with highest levels of government, even the Vatican.
Since the inception of their successful lobbying organization, they have fought for issues such as civil rights, economic justice. They have also been a clear voice in the efforts against nuclear proliferation and global hunger. They focus on the issues that hit hardest on the margins of our society, and which create the most social injustice.
Lately this empathetically directed religious organization has been receiving some serious flack from both its parent conscience, the Vatican, but also the right-wing christian fundamentalist national leaders in both the US Senate and the Congress. The group has been called social feminists, rogue nuns, and even “femi-nazis”.
These spurious attacks are a response to the effective lobbying efforts of Network. The Nuns, through Network’s socially liberal agenda, are calling out leaders of religious christians who have had a louder and louder voice in national politics. The Nuns are suggesting that these groups are no longer in step with the gospels, and have strayed too far from the service-oriented teachings of Jesus.
The Executive Director of Network, Sister Simone Campbell, recently spoke about the group’s work with Stephen Colbert, a practicing Catholic. In perfect satirical form, Colbert exposes the hypocritical anti-women, anti-poor, anti-disenfranchised national agenda of the church which is undermining, as Campbell claims, ”the whole fabric of our society”.