Nuns On The Bus UPDATE!

Oh… how I hope this Nuns On The Bus tour never ends!

At the blog Laetificat a denizen of the Diocese of Madison (where the great Morlino reigns) has a report on

Nuns on the Bus visit Sinsinawa and Janesville

The writer went to find the Nuns On The Bus!

Yes, folks, while some sisters are working to save our planet by fighting McDonald’s, others are driving around out there on a pollution belching bus, pouring ozone-destoying hydro-carbons into the atmosphere for the sake of fact-obfuscating self-promotion.

The Nuns on the Bus would have us think that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s reforming efforts offered to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (a subsidiary of the Magisterium on Nuns), was somehow about defending all women religious in their time of persecution by the mean ol’ Vatican.  That’s isn’t what the CDF is doing, but let’s not allow facts to confuse the Nuns On The Bus.

In any event, check out the photos and fun.

There is also a video of Sr Simone Campbell’s opening remarks at Sinsinawa.

According to Sister, this is how they came up with the Nuns On The Bus idea. I add just a couple comments of my own:

“I’m not used to this celebrity kind of stuff,” she said. [LOL! Right!  That’s right, Sister, you are a huge celebrity now!] She also had some details on the genesis of the trip: “The whole bus trip is a gift of the Spirit.  [Lemme think…. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and ride on the bus…. NO! Wait! That doesn’t sound right.  Lemme try again… wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge,… ] The only inspiration I had was to ask for help. [And look what they’re doing now!] And we asked for help in DC, and our colleagues, all the big players, they came together and helped us brainstorm this. [A bus ride!] None of us remember exactly who thought of a bus trip in this brainstorm session, but it just caught on. [Think of all the brain power and gifts of the spirit it took to come up with this plan.] And then somebody has done a bus trip, so they knew you can wrap a bus. [?!?  ….. crickets…. ] You know, if it had been left to us, we would have cut out felt letters and stuck them on cardboard and we would have tied it onto a Prius, and driven around, and thought we had done it. No, no, no! [NO! That’s too liturrrrrrgical!] So they said no, we wrap a big bus, and then I think, [Hey… isn’t the thinking part s’posed to come first?] we have forty-five seats, that’s what I thought. [Which should be comfortable for, say, 22.] Oh good, it’s on now, and I can call all my friends to get on. [Get on, Sister!] And they told me, Simone, you don’t have forty-five seats, you got seven, that’s all you control. Seven seats? So then I thought it was a little bus; they say no…” (end of video) [… crickets… ]

Hmmmm… maybe it lost something without the video. You can also see that.

One of the take-aways from this is that there are only seven of them on the bus.  Did I get that right?  Seven?  All those carbon emissions so that Sister can stand in front of cameras and talk about herself?

In the meantime, the spectacularly obtuse, and simultaneously mendacious, Lawrence O’Donnell of CNN, had Sr. Simone on.  This is so warped, all you can do is count the lies and laugh!


I like the signs:

Wasn’t there a movie about a bus that couldn’t stop?

Oh… how I hope this nun bus tour never ends!

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  1. Joe in Canada says:

    Hey, is Sinsinawa the birthplace of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, of which Sr Donna Quinn OP, “Nun for Choice”, is a member?

  2. Choirmaster says:

    …we have forty-five seats, that’s what I thought. [Which should be comfortable for, say, 22.]

    Oh! Snap! I should be offended at all the fun poked at the “sisters”, but at some point I have to wonder “are they doing it to themselves”? I think the answer is “yes”!

    From the lock-step dissent, with their feminist sociology, through their paradoxical craving of the approval of the “patriarchs”, to their polyester pants-suite uniforms they have re-made themselves into something that is demonstrably not “women religious”, and become caricatures of an archetype that no longer exists!

    And it’s a shame and a great danger that the Holy See has for so many decades allowed them to slip further and further away from the Church. Lord, have mercy! It seems to me the CDF takes the same approach to dissent as the Vatican takes to technology: “yesterday’s corrections tomorrow!” I realize that we all have our own choices and responsibilities, and that we all must say our own, personal “yes” to the Lord, and no one can force salvation on us or make that decision for us, but as a parent must correct his errant child, so the Holy See has a paternal relationship with the women religious.

  3. Bryan Boyle says:

    There’s just sooooo much there to work with, I don’t see how you acted with such restraint Father.

  4. Theodore says:

    Jesus was a liberal?

    Jesus is, not was. And there is this “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” John 18:36.

  5. disco says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell is brutal. Shame on sr Simone for not calling him out for saying Rush limbaugh is a Vatican spokesman. And send Lisa ling back to North Korea

  6. wmeyer says:

    “We’re so much about living a deep spiritual life.”

    Uh-huh. Politicking, fighting the Vatican, denigrating the bishops and the Pope, making public statements contrary to Church teaching….




    What on earth are they smoking? These women went feminist in the 70s, and apparently apostacized about the same time.

  7. Jim says:

    I see the bus, but I don’t see the nuns. I mean, how do we know if a bunch of grandmas just happened to be on a bus which says “” ?

  8. Choirmaster says:

    Nuns on the Bus visit Sinsinawa and Janesville

    Wow! That really puts them on the map up there with Ogdenville and North Haverbrook.

    Next stop: Lincoln, Nebraska! (I wish.)

  9. Supertradmum says:

    Do you think they will stop for a Big Mac Break?

  10. Supertradmum says:

    PS can hardly wait for next week’s show called The Brides of Christ advertised on the video.

  11. iPadre says:

    There must be wheelchair access since the average is …

  12. contrarian says:

    The MSNBC clip is utterly insane.

    Where does one begin?

  13. Supertradmum says:

    I am so sorry, but I can’t get the child’s song out of my head since you posted this Father Z., “The nuns on the bus go yak, yak , yak…”

  14. Supertradmum says:

    not yack, as I wanted to engage the image of the animal…sorry for the bad pun….

  15. MisterH says:

    US Catholic “Fortnight for Freedom” starts tomorrow!

    To help kick off the campaign, has released this outstanding short video.

    The 90 second video can be viewed at this link:

  16. JKnott says:

    After “talking with al jazeera” on the phone: “This has become a global phenomenon.” said the Nun on the Bus.
    Like the global phenomenon of the Flood?
    Sounds like Nuns on the Bus have delusions of a new Noah’s Ark, bus.
    To save the world from God’s laws of Life.
    Rainbows welcome!

  17. doozer125 says:

    you know, the bus, gas, graphics for the bus, room and board and what not for the few nuns….that must be very expensive…wouldn’t it be better to give it to the poor transgender children the irish nun works with?

  18. acardnal says:

    “Do you think they will stop for a Big Mac Break?”

    Supertradmum, you’re killing me! ROTFLOL

  19. Frank H says:

    At least Lisa Ling mentioned that younger women are joining the more traditional, habit-wearing orders. I got a kick out of the graphics/photos at the beginning of O’Donnel’s piece, with a bunch of habited sisters! Clearly they were NOT the nuns on the bus!

  20. acardnal says:

    “we have forty-five seats, that’s what I thought. [Which should be comfortable for, say, 22.]”
    Fr.Z, you and the other commentators are hilarious! Keep ’em coming. We all could use a good laugh nowadays.

  21. AnAmericanMother says:

    Sounds more like Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Der Tunnel to me.

  22. Spaniard says:

    The video is horrible. Note how at the beginning the photos are of traditional nuns. Horrible way to undermine the Church’s authority

  23. tioedong says:

    “…The only inspiration I had was to ask for help. And we asked for help in DC, and our colleagues, all the big players, they came together and helped us brainstorm this”

    Who are “the big players”? Anyone? Anyone?

  24. SKAY says:

    “And we asked for help in DC, and our colleagues, all the big players, they came together and helped us brainstorm ”
    I wonder who those” big players” are in DC?

    “After “talking with al jazeera” on the phone” One can only imagine why that interview happened.

    [Hey! These days, Al Jazeera is a better news source than most US outlets.]

  25. timelord says:

    How about NUNS ON THEIR KNEES BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT instead of ‘on a bus’?

    Sadly, these nuns have thrown Holy Mother Church UNDER the bus by their nonsense

  26. AnnAsher says:

    This is serious? They’re serious? I’m stifling fits of laughter and feeling ashamed in thier behalf. Laughter wins though when supertradmum posts “the nuns on the bus go yak yak yak” all through the places-I’ve-never-heard-of. I’d like to see the Pope take their petitions and burn it on the Easter fire.

  27. Angie Mcs says:

    With this group it’s definitely ” My Way or the Highway”.

  28. jflare says:

    “Next stop: Lincoln, Nebraska! (I wish.)”

    Hey! What did Lincoln do to incur this kind of punishment??
    I live only 50 miles away, in Omaha. I enjoy the wrap on the Spirit Radio bus, but I have no desire to see these nuns HERE!

    More to the point, I heard her keep mentioning something about “deep spirituality” and living out the Gospel message. Granted, I might’ve taken that at face value at age 22, but ..I found myself wondering how she and her nuns would react to working with (now Blessed) Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity.

    I couldn’t help but think that a collaboration between those two groups, both purportedly holy, professed nuns, might be..very discomfitting..for both.

  29. ilovethepope says:

    ” ‘The nuns on the bus go yak, yak , yak…”
    @Supertradmom…that is exactly what I was going to post but you beat me to it! It seriously pops into my head every time I hear about them lol

  30. NescioQuid says:

    Hilarious! Loved the commentary, though a part of me felt sorry for the nuns – (what a party pooper I am). They are just so far gone…

    Does watching the video necessitate having a facebook account?

  31. DBuote says:

    How many novices are in Sr’s order? and How many novices are in your average ‘conservative do what the Vatican tells us’ order?

    That should prove anyone’s point. People don’t fall for this crap anymore.. Well anyone who’s actually serious about the faith anyway.


  32. Dorcas says:

    Aww… In a way it’s kind of cute. When my widowed/divorced aunts hit retirement age this is what they did…took bus trips with their friends. Too bad they are spreading a skewed message as they go…as vowed women I am sure they could not justify a bus tour just for so it has been dressed up as ‘mission’.

  33. jflare says:

    I might make one caveat to your comment regarding the number of novices in respective orders:
    Depending on the precise state of a young woman’s diocese as she’s been growing toward adulthood, and thus depending on the precise quality of the catechesis that a prospective young nun might have received, she MIGHT fall for this..intent. For awhile, anyway.

    I think it fair to notice though, that since any order of nuns will, as do male religious and priests, require a good deal of discernment prior to professing final vows, many of the younger women who might go for this mentality will likely either discern out or will find some way to reconcile her growing sense of “something’s wrong” with what she’s been presented.
    Those who follow the latter course will most likely be a relative minority. Those who follow the prior course may well ultimately either discern their way into something “more serious” or discern a vocation as an earthly mother and wife or else a virtuous form of single life.
    Unfortunately, there remains the risk that young women will continue to be mislead by this nonsense, become disgusted, and turn away from faith entirely.
    Let us pray for them and encourage all women to pursue God’s Truth to the best of their ability.
    Point is though, let’s not dismiss young women from these orders from any chance of doing something worthwhile. God will keep working on them, regardless of any potential misinformation they may receive.

  34. jmgazzoli says:

    @Fr Z
    “Wasn’t there a movie about a bus that couldn’t stop?”

    I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.”

  35. Springkeeper says:

    Well golly gee, if she’s a big fan of felt maybe they can throw in some (felt) puppets and interpretive dance. That would at least be somewhat amusing.

  36. Tantum Ergo says:

    There’s got to be a reason that when I hear “Nuns on the Bus, I think of the song/lyric “Pants on the Ground”

    Nuns on the Bus,
    Nuns on the Bus,
    An embarrassment to us
    Are the Nuns on the Bus!

    Kinda’ ketchy, ain’t it?

  37. acardnal says:

    You know when Secretary of HHS Sebelius is looking for a new job in January 2013, perhaps she could apply to be the spokesperson for LCWR and Network.

  38. Geoffrey says:

    “Hey! These days, Al Jazeera is a better news source than most US outlets.”

    Very true! I often had Al Jazeera English streaming live on my computer; I think it was during the “Arab Spring” in Egypt or whatever the MSM called it. But I was very impressed by their journalism.

    I wouldn’t be so offended with these “Nuns on the Bus” if I’d see some nuns on a bus to fight the culture of death, etc. As Blessed John Paul the Great and Pope Benedict XVI have consistently said… that is where social justice begins!

  39. Cathy says:

    “you can wrap a bus”, made me think of a fish wrapped in a certain newspaper.

  40. Clinton says:

    I see the bus made a stop at Sinsinawa– the site of the motherhouse of the congregation
    that includes Sr. Donna Quinn. You remember her, she’s the sister that was busted acting
    as a volunteer at a Planned Parenthood abortion mill, escorting women past pro-life
    protesters and into the ‘clinic’.

    I’m sure these crones are just catching up on the latest. Oh! Good times!

  41. jaykay says:

    Springkeeper: “maybe they can throw in some (felt) puppets and interpretive dance.”

    The felt puppets: definitely, puppets and all things felt would be right up their street (circa 1973)

    The interpretive dance: ummm… not so much – for pretty obvious reasons :)

  42. JimmyA says:

    “There is a bomb on the bus containing the Spirit of Vatican I….If you let the speed fall below 60mph it will explode and you will all be anathematised”

  43. Elizabeth D says:

    I thought I should bring up here, that NETWORK is even in with the Center for American Progress (evidence here from NETWORK and here from CfAP), very much an abortion rights and “gay marriage” supporting group, I had to wonder if that may be one of the “big players” they brainstormed the bus trip with. As a former progressive, CfAP was the first one I thought of when she said “big players.” No one could convince me that aligning oneself with the Center for American Progress is consistent with faithful Catholicism.

    Thank you, CDF, for making it clear NETWORK’s message is insufficiently Catholic and that for that reason an official Church organization like LCWR could not be tied to them.

  44. DennisV says:

    I doubt Sr. Simone read Rep. Ryan’s bill, she is just repeating the talking points of the regime.
    Many orders of conservative sisters and nuns have seen a great increase in candidates. It’s the apostate societies from the 60s and 70s that are dying out. There were many, many lies

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  46. Fleeb says:

    See what “Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows” has created?

    Any time I see Sisters in slacks and cropped hair, I think of that hideous movie…and to think it’s in our parish lending library. Ugh.

  47. chonak says:

    I’m not sure which movie Fr. has in mind, but the “Airplane”-like spoof “The Big Bus” is probably most apposite.

  48. MisterH says:

    Another outstanding short (one minute) video ad for the Fortnight for Freedom has been released!

    This one has been put out by “The Catholic Association” and lists the many contributions the Church makes to society.

    The video can be viewed at the link:

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