I know you are eager for updates about the Nuns On The Bus, who are going ’round and ’round, ’round and ’round.
An alert alerter in Columbus, OhiO, alerted me that The Nuns On The Bus rock tour has finally arrived!
There is a story in the Columbus Dispatch. Some highlights:
A group of about 100 people greeted Roman Catholic nuns [Wow! TENS of people came!] with cheers and applause yesterday as they made a stop on the North Side as part of a national “Nuns on the Bus” tour promoting social-service funding. [Some might call it another thing.]
The tour comes despite a recent Vatican crackdown that said a nuns’ leadership group has focused too much on social-justice issues. [Did you get that great non sequitur?]
The tour by Network, a Catholic social-justice lobbying group, seeks changes to a U.S. House-passed budget that it says favors tax cuts for the rich, to the detriment of the neediest Americans. The visit yesterday at the office of U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, is one of about a dozen congressional-office stops Network has on a schedule that started June?17 in Des Moines, Iowa, and ends on Monday in Washington.
[NB] Sister Simone Campbell, Network’s executive director, said Tiberi’s staff members offered the “ first substantive conversation of our visits,” [So, they have been polluting the atmosphere all this time… and for what?] and that they agreed that more revenue is needed but disagreed on income criteria for food stamps.
“The conversation we just had … was a gift because it indicated to me for the first time that there was some giveback, that there was some conversation,” Campbell told the crowd yesterday. “We could say we both agree revenue needs to be raised — I have a hunch we probably have a disagreement where, but at least we’ve got a starting point.”
Tiberi spokeswoman Breann Gonzalez said [follow the strand, now…] the congressman’s staff has a different view of the conversation but was receptive to the nuns’ concerns and did discuss the need for programs to help the most-vulnerable. [So, maybe the conversation didn’t go quite as well as Sr. Simone thought.]
[Now watch this!] “However, as a Catholic, Congressman Tiberi [Let’s see the Congressman on the issues HERE.] finds it ironic that during the heart of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ campaign against President Obama’s attack on religious freedom, this group did not once mention the importance of preserving religious freedom,” she said. [WHAT is this you say?!? The Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round, but they don’t talk about the true burning issue for the Church as a whole?] “ Instead, they chose to discuss a bill that has already passed the House and is virtually dead in the Senate since the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in three years.” [BUT WAIT! They… they… they… they have a whole BUS! They are rotating! Their bus gig was a gift of the Spirit!]
Network also had planned a “Friendraiser for Economic Justice” last night at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Clintonville. [Niiiiice.]
I hope this tour never ends!