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Posted on May 24, 2014 | 3 comments

Review: A Nun on the Bus

Review: A Nun on the Bus

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 by Gail Deibler Finke

Every day is Opposite Day for Sr. Simone Campbell.

Gail Deibler Finke is the Senior Editor of The Catholic Beat.


A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community. Sr. Simone Campbell, HarperCollins, 2104. Available in hardback and electronic editions.



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  1. In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Sister was asked a question on an intrinsic (grave) evil.

    “TWS: On the legal question, do you think there should be penalties against abortion doctors? I mean, should it be illegal to perform abortions?
    CAMPBELL: That’s beyond my pay grade. I don’t know.”

    It sounds like she leaves room to conclude that that an unborn child has no legal Right to Life. Her reply also, as a religious on the public stage could to scandal and encourage some to support or commit this serious sin.

    The reply is no surprise as the group she is a member of, “NETWORK,” who has been called out by the Vatican for its dissident views.

    If I or my children wish to read about nuns who practiced true Catholic Social Justice, I would suggest they read about the “Mother of India,” our own Blessed Mother Teresa or St. Mother Cabrini.

  2. My wife and I were intending to make a donation to Sacred Heart Radio. However, with “The Catholic Beat” reviewing this scandalous and heterodox book by Sister Simone Campbell has caused us to reconsider donating to Sacred Heart Radio.

    What this has to do with local (Archdiocese of Cincinnati) news is beyond me! This is neither local or news.

    • I’m sorry that my reviewing Sr. Simone Campbell’s book bothered you. You will note that it is not a positive review.

      The books and CDs I review are general-interest books written by or for Catholics. This book is published by a major international publisher, with a major marketing budget, and aimed at Catholics. There is a good chance that our readers will see it in their libraries, or be given it as a gift, or will read (or consider reading) it in a parish book group. The message of the book’s marketing is that Sr. Simone is a powerful and positive Catholic voice.

      That’s why I reviewed it. The review was originally much longer but I decided that once sentence summed up Sr. Simone’s view of things.