After traveling over 2,700 miles, the “Nuns on the Bus” ended their road show in the city of Washington D.C. after starting their trip from Des Moines, Iowa. I had hoped to catch up with the nuns in Frederick, Md., where they were scheduled to meet with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, but the event was cancelled because of a power outage (that storm again!).
However, they did make it to their final destination here in the capitol.
A WashingtonPost article by Michelle Boorstein stated that the “Nuns on the Bus” tour was a type of response to the intense scrutiny from the Vatican after a Doctrinal Assessment on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious that cited problems such as “Radical Feminism”.
Even though there was speculation of conflicting views between the U.S. bishops and the “Nuns on the Bus” due to the overlapping of the road show and the “Fortnight for Freedom”, CNN’s article by Anna-Lysa Gayle and Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland shows that both organizations were working towards the same goal. The article states that the nuns said “We agreed with the United States Congress of Catholic Bishops, the House budget is a moral sin and it is unpatriotic and we will not rest until politicians like Paul Ryan set it aside”. Fair enough? They are helping each other.
Yes, Catholics are many, but we need to stand together on these social issues. The CNN article quoted Sister Mary Wendln, a nun that rode on the bus, as saying, “I think it’s important to show a sense of solidarity for the Ryan cuts, because of the different places that we stopped on the trip”.