“Band of Sisters” and Activist Nuns

Friday, January 17, 2014

Filmmaker Mary Fishman discusses her documentary “Band of Sisters,” the story of two nuns who advocate for the rights of immigrant detainees and deportees in and around a Chicago-area deportation center. The film follows sisters who continue their mission as organic farmers, environmental attorneys, peace activists, holistic health care practitioners, and more, even in the face of obstacles and threats cast by government agencies, the military, and the hierarchy of the Catholic church. It’s playing at Cinema Village.


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2.) 'Homosexuality and the Church Crisis' by Brian Clowes

Jan. 17 2014 01:30 PM

It's unfortunate that nuns have become stereotyped as cruel teachers, with few documented cases to support that generalization.Likely no more prevalent than in public schools. However, there is truth in the fact that there is nothing more powerful than a group of nuns who decide to get something done. Growing up in the 50's, role models were scarce for girls, so dedicated, activist nuns filled that vacuum for many of us. Except for Mother T., I thank them for that!

Jan. 17 2014 12:37 PM
Ed from Larchmont

What's interesting is that the Church has spoken for the last ten years in defense of immigrants, about the need to treat immigrants, legal or not, as human beings who deserve food, shelter, etc., even the rights of people to migrate. The Church are at odds with the administration on this issue, as they are at odds on other issues.
The sisters in this area aren't at odds with the Vatican, those are other issues, and perhaps not these sisters.

Jan. 17 2014 10:03 AM

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