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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:14 PM

Talked to a Catholic Sister tonight on my phonebank shift.

I missed what order this wonderful sister belonged too; but, while she quickly informed me that she couldn't volunteer for the Obama campaign, she would vote for Mr. Obama.....and so would about 90% of her order.

It seems that, while the Catholic bishops are strongly in the Republican camp on the abortion issue, the nuns largely vote on social justice issues, meaning they're strongly Democratic.

She was very sweet and supportive; she says she will be praying for the Obama campaign as well as voting. I thanked her and said we need every prayer and vote we can get.

I do need to mention that my late sweetheart, Jeanne, was a devout Catholic who was devoted to the social justice teachings of her church.

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Reply Talked to a Catholic Sister tonight on my phonebank shift. (Original post)
LongTomH Oct 2012 OP
Tumbulu Oct 2012 #1
calico1 Oct 2012 #31
busterbrown Oct 2012 #2
eridani Oct 2012 #21
JNelson6563 Oct 2012 #28
joeybee12 Oct 2012 #30
LTR Oct 2012 #3
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #16
LTR Oct 2012 #27
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #29
Cha Oct 2012 #4
freshwest Oct 2012 #5
LongTomH Oct 2012 #6
Lone_Star_Dem Oct 2012 #7
BlueStreak Oct 2012 #8
Lone_Star_Dem Oct 2012 #9
pnwmom Oct 2012 #19
LTR Oct 2012 #25
glinda Oct 2012 #10
Lone_Star_Dem Oct 2012 #13
glinda Oct 2012 #32
deadbrokediva Oct 2012 #17
pnwmom Oct 2012 #20
LTR Oct 2012 #26
Historic NY Oct 2012 #11
Freedomofspeech Oct 2012 #12
beac Oct 2012 #14
Tigress DEM Oct 2012 #15
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2012 #18
HooptieWagon Oct 2012 #22
Fawke Em Oct 2012 #23
Smarmie Doofus Oct 2012 #24

Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:25 PM

1. Thank you for doing the phoning

and for sharing good news with us!

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Response to Tumbulu (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 03:33 PM

31. Nuns have always been more Progressive n/t

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:25 PM

2. Yea, The Bishops care about money and Libido while the Sisters care about humanity.

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Response to busterbrown (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:32 AM

21. Nuns Rule! Bishops Drool! n/t

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Response to eridani (Reply #21)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 08:08 AM

28. lolz Well said!

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Response to eridani (Reply #21)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 03:28 PM

30. +1

Exactly!

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:29 PM

3. I know Catholics get bashed here alot

But, while they tend to be very rigid on abortion, homosexuality, etc., social justice is very, very important. This is something the corrupt and greedy Pat Robertsons of the world will never understand.

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Response to LTR (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:08 AM

16. Agreed. I wish that fundamentalists shared the fervor of Catholics for social justice.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:27 AM

27. I can at least respect the Catholic church for consistency

They are staunchly pro-life, but that means all life. Pope John Paul II was very anti-war, and the church has always been very aggressive in battling poverty, unlike the fundies.

Still, I do believe the church is very backward when it comes to the role of women and sexuality, among other things.

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Response to LTR (Reply #27)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 03:28 PM

29. Agreed. But I don't think that the nuns are backward when it comes to the role

of women. I think they are very strong women who feel the repression of their church and are the stronger for the efforts they make to live their religious beliefs while still doing what is right in the world.

I'm overgeneralizing, and I am not and never have been a Catholic. But that is my impression looking at the nuns from the outside. They are a very dedicated group of women. I respect them.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:29 PM

4. Thank you so much for posting the encouraging news from your

phonebanking, LongTomH!

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:30 PM

5. K & R but the Rec's not working. Thanks for the good news.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:31 PM

6. This was a 'feel good' response after so many rude responses.

One person I called was at least original in blowing me off: "You are the weakest link, goodbye!"

You gotta keep a sense of humor!!!!!

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:32 PM

7. This is wonderful to hear!

I cannot thank you enough for what you're doing. You're one of the people that is going to make 4 more years for Obama possible!

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:32 PM

8. I'm an atheist, and I have never met a nun I didn't really like and admire

I can't share their belief in the supernatural, but these women are a force of nature here on earth.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:34 PM

9. Admire, sure.

Like? Well, it shows you didn't go to a catholic school.

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:27 AM

19. I went to a Catholic school, and we had wonderful nuns. Your experience was your experience. n/t

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:15 AM

25. I was just gonna say...

...Yow!

Plus that Mother Angelica on cable TV is a bit of a snot.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:43 PM

10. I went to Catholic Private Schools for 11 years and

the Sisters were a huge influence on me in a good way. They were highly educated and amazing women. Quite outspoken.

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Response to glinda (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:48 PM

13. Like I said, admire, sure.

Maybe I was a stinker? They scared the heck outta me! Lol!

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:10 PM

32. Always good and bad people. Perhaps I got lucky.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:18 AM

17. Maybe today they are

But when I was growing up in Catholic school, nuns were nothing more than abusive emotional terrorists. I suppose today they can't get away with all that ear-pulling, and knuckle-bashing I was on the receiving end of. Personally, I can't imagine why any woman would align herself with a corporation like that. There are plenty of ways to be of service without sacrificing your life and letting men rule you.

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Response to deadbrokediva (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:30 AM

20. The nuns at my high school were warm, kind, and caring.

Not an ear-puller or knuckle-basher among them.

On the other hand, corporal punishment was still practiced in the public schools I had attended in another state.

Maybe it depends more on your region and era than it does whether your teacher was a nun or not.

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Response to deadbrokediva (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:19 AM

26. Just like the Penguin

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:45 PM

11. Thank you Tom, the nuns work the trenchs.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:46 PM

12. Thanks for your work and

Love those nuns!

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:58 PM

14. My proposal for a new hymn for the Catholic nuns:

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:10 AM

15. Back when women were still property.... the Convents where Nuns took their vows and lived....

took in unwed mothers to have their babies and even though I guess most were adopted out it was an alternative to abortion in an alley.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:20 AM

18. K&R

Nuns were teachers when I was in school. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:48 AM

22. If the Church fired the Pope and Bishops...

and let the Nuns run things, it would be a huge improvement.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #22)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:00 AM

23. Amen.

I'm a lapsed Catholic, but I still visit my nun friends.

They are the backbone and the heart or the Church.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:11 AM

24. Why does everyone assume that all catholics are skinheads?

I left the church a million years ago but other lefties stayed.... for a lot of reasons.

In fact... if the abortion divide were not so un-bridgeable, the entire political dynamic would be different.

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