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No Turning Back

Judy Butler’s guest opinion column  speaks beautifully to the on-going nonsense of the Vatican’s misbehavior toward women religious and therefore toward all women.

Women – lay women, women living in religious communities, all of us - have had enough. We will no longer be silent. And that is our baptismal mandate: to live our lives with a formed conscience, measured against our experience in the world, listening to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We listen.

And we are grateful for the courage, brilliance and faithful lives of so many women who laid down their lives for the poor, the vulnerable, the ill, the uneducated, the lonely, the homeless, the incarcerated, the…

The Vatican can say what it wants and send messengers of investigation, but the People of God remain committed to standing with the sisters, who continue to inspire, lead and follow Jesus’ command to “love on another as I have loved you.”

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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