The Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round!

I have been looking for Nuns On The Bus updates.  Have you seen any?

At their site I did find this.  I thought you would want to know how they are doing.

Rekha Basu: ‘Nuns on the Bus’ possess credibility that few of us have

(Des Moines Register) From up the street, it looked like a rock band had stopped in town — except rock stars probably wouldn’t be up that early. [They are “rock stars” now.  Did they have tour shirts made?  I want one.] On the sidewalk outside the Fort Des Moines Hotel Monday morning, a swarm of people, including reporters with boom mikes, [perhaps so they don’t have to get too close?] surrounded a large, colorfully decorated bus brandishing the name, “Nuns on the Bus.” Even the moniker had an edgy feel to it — sort of like “Popes in the pizza,” from the days of Father Guido Sarducci on Saturday Night Live. [There’s some real inspiration for you.]

But these were real Catholic nuns, a rotating 14 or so of them, [The Rotating Fourteen!] on a bus tour of nine states, calling attention to the harshness of the U.S. House of Representatives’ budget bill. [What is truly “harsh” is holding down the poor in their poverty through top-down government programs which enervate local projects and which kill incentive by redistribution of wealth, which they perceive to be like a static zero-sum pie that must be cut up.] You might think of the particular space they occupy as Catholic Church meets mass popular culture, [more like meets Woodstock] borrowing from the Occupy movement. [Don’t leave our Saul Alinsky.] The audience was almost as amped as if the nuns were rock stars, [Did she mention rock stars?  Like, what, a girl band?] and their spokeswoman, Sister Simone Campbell, quoted as freely from Stephen Colbert and “The Daily Show” as from the Scriptures.

“Isn’t it wonderful!” a Catholic woman who was part of the sidewalk gathering exclaimed.

If they are rock stars, I want to hear their revision of the fine old:

The Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round
’round and ’round
’round and ’round
The Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round
all through the town!

They rotate Fourteen ’round and ’round
rotate rotate
rotate rotate
They rotate Fourteen ’round and ’round
all though the town!

TAKE IT!
 

 

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37 Responses to The Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round!

  1. Peter says:

    The Nuns On The Bus go yap and yap
    yap and yap
    yap and yap
    The Nuns On The Bus go yap and yap
    all day long!

  2. HeatherPA says:

    The nuns on the bus lead ‘m astray
    Lead ‘m astray
    Lead ‘m astray
    The nuns on the bus lead ‘m astray…
    All through the town.

  3. theidler says:

    Yuck – truly a Woodstock moment. It’s embarassing that these so-called “sisters” are the loudest, while the real nuns are silently praying for all of us unnoticed.
    We have a lot of work to do to clean up this mess…

  4. disco says:

    The nuns on the bus preach he-re-sy
    he-re-sy
    he-re-sy
    The nuns on the bus preach he-re-sy
    All the way to hell!

  5. NoraLee9 says:

    14 unholy helpers?

  6. Dies Irae says:

    The nuns on the bus are rockin’ town,
    Rockin’ town,
    Rockin’ town.
    The nuns on the bus are rockin’ town,
    Rock with the nuns on the bus!

  7. acardnal says:

    @disco: they probably don’t believe in hell. Therefore, it doesn’t exist. That’s what their conscience has informed them. They then voted on its existence as and the majority vote was “no hell.”

  8. I saw them on the news. As they exited the bus frankly it looked like a field trip for the geriatric ward of the LCWR, or are they the youth of that movement? Good grief!

  9. nykash says:

    “The Nuns tell the Bishops to move on back
    move on back
    move on back
    The Nuns tell the Bishops to move on back
    all through the town.”

    Do people not realize that the Occupy movement is full of socialists and anarchists? NOT something a Catholic would want to be associated with on any terms, whatsoever.

  10. HeatherPA says:

    @Disco-
    If they read the Fishwrap, there is no hell, according to an article they published last spring.

  11. philothea.distracted says:

    The veils on the nuns flutter in the breeze
    Flutter in the breeze
    Flutter in the breeze
    The veils on the ………..oh. Um. Let me try again.

    The Rosary beads go click, click, click
    Click click click
    Click click click
    The Rosary ……….no? No.

    Sorry, Fr. Z, I guess I just don’t get it.

  12. Kathleen10 says:

    The nuns on the bus are feminists
    socialists, communists,
    The nuns on the bus are feminists
    that’s why they often frownnn

  13. Kathleen10 says:

    my gosh, I laughed and laughed reading this….thanks Fr. Z and everybody…

  14. Rouxfus says:

    There once was a nun on a bus
    Who’s quite angry and driven to cuss,
    With thirteen of her buddys
    Barking spittle-flecked nuttys
    One never has seen such a fuss!

  15. Rich says:

    the rotating 14 holy helpers

  16. Father Zuhlsdorf,

    You write in a comment:

    [What is truly “harsh” is holding down the poor in their poverty through top-down government programs which enervate local projects and which kill incentive by redistribution of wealth, which they perceive to be like a static zero-sum pie that must be cut up.]

    You have hit the nail squarely and firmly on the head. But, of course, they are unable to see such a simple reality with any real clarity.

    I make the following observation based on a bit over two decades of Naval service, but I think there is at least some truth to it. IMHO, one of the biggest mistakes made following Vatican II with respect to the female religious orders was the abandonment of the habit. Wearing attire distinctive to one’s organization or master, particularly at times when one is engaged in acts of service in that cause, is a ready help in remembering one’s vows (oaths) and responsibilities toward the mission and the person/organization which one is serving. It serves to keep one’s mind focused on the relationship between self and master. No one save our Lord Himself, will ever convince me that depriving the sister’s of their habits was not a significant contributor to the subsequent deviation if not a few of them from the path to which they had committed themselves by their vows.

    When I was attired in uniform there was a greater consciousness that all of my conduct reflected not simply on me, but on the Navy, and on the Lord I professed to follow and serve. It “set me apart” not in the sense of someone who was somehow superior to others in virtue or any other personal attribute, but in reminding me that any misconduct, however slight, would reflect disgracefully on the Navy, of whom I was a representative. I believe the same holds as true for consecrated religious in their relationship to Christ and His Church, as it does for anyone in military service. If one loses that sense of responsibility, one can easily lose one’s way in living out one’s vocation.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  17. Tradster says:

    As I posted in an earlier item here, I have been referring to them and the bus as the Magical Hissyfit Tour.

  18. Stephen says:

    The legs on the pantsuits go swish swish swish
    Swish swish swish
    Swish swish swish
    The legs on the pantsuits go swish swish swish
    Whoops, where’s my lapel pin?!

    I heard there were only 4 on the bus today in N. IN to meet with Joe Donnelly.

  19. AnnAsher says:

    The nuns on the bus fail their vows,
    Fail their vows, fail their vows.
    The nuns on the bus fail their vows and want to bring us all down.
    The 14 Sista’s roll on by, roll on by, roll on by.
    The 14 Sista’s roll on by and leave us to laugh and cry! Laugh and cry! Laugh and cry all through the day!

  20. MPSchneiderLC says:

    Fr Z, why can’t we just ignore them unless they state some kind of new empty nonsense?
    1. That probably is the best way to get them to go away.
    2. Your song (and the variations in the comments) is funny but even though they are misguided, personal attacks don’t seem part of Christian Charity. Note: If they say something new and you want to refute ideas, I am all for it; because they we have the responsibility that others are not lead astray but such things set an example of non-charity for those we have the responsibility to lead. Jesus sets a radical standard for charity – it is his new commandment.

  21. mvhcpa says:

    MPSchneiderLC–

    Calling the Pharasies a “brood of vipers” when it was appropriate–does that meet your standards for “radical charity?”

    Michael Val
    (who thinks Father Z is being more charitable to these “religious” than I ever would be)

  22. acardnal says:

    Ann Carey, author of “Sisters in Crisis” published by Our Sunday Visitor, was recently interviewed on EWTN here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv3qvEbOAzc&feature=plcp

    She wrote the book in 1996! This unfortunate circumstance has been going on for decades. Good news: She has a revised edition coming out this Fall with updates on the current situation.

  23. MPSchneiderLC says:

    @mvhcpa

    Of course Jesus was in the right but you’re comparing apples and oranges. Jesus said what they were (Vipers), but he didn’t go around telling anti-pharisee jokes. As well, he was in a different culture.

    Maybe think about it this way – image one guy saying “lazy bum” to a black man on welfare and another tellign a joke with a pro-slavery punchline to the same black man. One is often true and it may help him realize he can do something with his life, the other clearly lacks charity.

  24. PA mom says:

    More charity towards them? No. Their ridiculous behavior has been written up in my diocesan newspaper, given credibility. Their unhumble and unanchored-by-reality political opinions have been given more free press and official (by extension) support. Like spoiled children, riding around using other people’s money, demanding more money. A children’s tune could not be more appropriate.

  25. irishgirl says:

    Oh my goodness, there are certainly some very creative versions of an old childhood song!
    These ladies are pathetic. Am embarrassment all around….
    Our Lord wasn’t afraid to ‘call a spade a spade” when He told off the Pharisees. And He wasn’t a wimp or a wuss, either. He was a member of the tribe of Juda, the royal tribe, the one which King David belonged.

  26. Thomas in MD says:

    The nuns on the bus take Geritol, Geritol, Geritol
    The nuns on the bus take Geritol,
    Soon they won’t take anything at all…and God have mercy on them.

  27. Del says:

    All the same, it’s hard to resist the temptation to turn the Saul Alinski stuff back at ‘em.

    Saul Alinski’s Rule #5: “Use ridicule, when you have nothing else. It infuriates your opponents, and when they react to you it gives a sense of legitimacy to your cause.”

    As Americans, the Sisters have a right to make a public statement of whatever opinions they wish to share. Sure, they are an embarrassment to American Catholics, copying Planned Parenthood’s bus tour (wrapped in Pepto-Pink)…. but we should be focusing on our own rallies with the Fortnight for Freedom. We do have a real message to bring to the nation.

  28. Iowa Mike says:

    Now I have a splitting headache…….I think the lyics should be adjusted:

    Nuns on the bus go away;
    go away
    go away
    Nuns on the bus please do not stay
    do not stay
    do not stay
    Just get on your bus and go away
    go away
    go away

  29. Ioannes Andreades says:

    The nuns on the bus say,
    “We’re all bishops now,
    All bishops now, all bishops now!”
    The nuns on the bus say,
    “We’re all bishops now,”
    All through the town.

  30. MPSchneiderLC says:

    @PA Mom

    I can call a spade a spade – many members of the LCWR are formal heretics. These who are on the bus are dishonoring their bishops like spoiled children. Many nuns are posioning many a good Catholic’s mind with their vapid errors.
    However, it is another step altogether to start writing songs that primarly insult them.

    @Del

    The moment we fall to Alinsky’s level we have lost. Whatever we do when we aren’t coherent, will have no long term value.

  31. Bea says:

    The CDF driver says
    “Get back on Track
    Get back on Track
    Get back on Track
    The CDF Driver says
    “Get back on Track”
    In the Roman Town

    The nuns on the bus
    just swish their heads
    swish their heads
    NO, NO, NO
    The nuns on the bus
    just swish their heads
    “We’ll defy the Roman Town”

  32. Bea says:

    Del:
    “As Americans, the Sisters have a right to make a public statement of whatever opinions they wish to share.” quote/unquote

    Well, Yes, as Americans they have “rights” even to burn the flag.
    But as Catholics (“Catholic” Nuns, to boot) they have a Right and a Duty to proclaim the Teachings of The Catholic Church. This they do not do. And WE have a Right and a Duty to expose their errors so that others will not be misled.

    We can focus on Fortnight for Freedom and we do have a message to bring to the Nation.
    But we cannot neglect the message we must bring to Catholics at large, so that they will not be misled into sin. We can and should do both.

    The heresies of these nuns and their example of disobedience to Church Teachings and the Magisterium are of more danger to the Immortal Soul than the persecution proposed by a tyranny of the government. Our Bishops are giving us a “how-to” to avoid this tyranny, may they also give us a long over-due “how-to” to avoid falling into mortal sin as advocated by heretical nuns.

    These little fun ditties are nothing compared to what may greet them on judgement day. May they repent and reatract before then.

  33. frjim4321 says:

    Wow nothing brings out the mysogony here like accounts of women religion doing the work of the kingdom.

  34. Kathleen10 says:

    No, this is very funny, and very appropriate really. All day long we have to be concerned and battle these insane people who want to literally ruin our faith and church. They insult God and mankind with their manipulations, fabrications, and outright lies. They teach error, and how many souls have been lost following their disturbing “guidance” and “teaching”. The people to be annoyed with are the nuns. It is appropriate. Far too long have we used a “polite” and “genteel” way of handling this terrible situation we find ourselves in. There is a time and place for turning one’s cheek, and being docile. There is a time for action and yes, for levity. I know personally speaking, I badly need some fellowship in this battle, it’s fatiguing! If you aren’t fatigued, you aren’t doing enough! Fatigue makes soldiers in war find companions, even strange bedfellows. The bond is strong, because the warriors need to pull together and face the enemy. We have a devious, strong enemy, with lots of support going their way. We need to laugh, alot. We also need to take on these actions head on, not being constantly meek and mild, too polite to be straightforward and courageous! That DOES…NOT…WORK.
    There is a time for St. Francis, and there is a time for St. Paul. St. Paul, what would he have said and done, if he were here today! He needs to be our model for the times in which we find ourselves, surrounded by heresy and nuns and others who promote their own degraded version of God’s eternal truth.

  35. So, when is the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit going to be finished with their tour?

  36. MPSchneiderLC says:

    @Bea
    “These little fun ditties are nothing compared to what may greet them on judgement day.”
    True. However, my concern was not for the souls of the nuns but the souls of those who insult them. Any sin is evil first of all because it does evil to the one commiting it. (My secondary argument was that they will just use such comments to paint themselves as poor and persecuted.)

    @Kathleen10
    “We have a devious, strong enemy, with lots of support going their way. We need to laugh, alot.”
    1. Our strategy doesn’t depend on theirs but on our conviction.
    2. (Somebody e-mailed me this two days ago; a much better thing to laugh at.) Fr Joe gets a call in his office, “Hello, this is James Smith from the IRS, is this the pastor.” “yes” responds Fr Joe. “Well, did John Doe give $15,000 to the parish as his IRS forms show.” Fr Joe thinks aminute and responds, “He will be giving $15,000.”

  37. I think you are right, Kathleen10, about the positive good of good humor for the good spirits of those fighting the good fight. It might be good for some to lighten up and take a good course in moral theology so as to learn to make good moral distinctions.