Communist Party Cheers Nuns on the Bus

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People’s World is the flagship publication of Communist Party USA. It’s the kind of publication whose endorsement you wouldn’t want, especially as a Catholic. To the contrary, when communists are cheering you on … well, you might want to rethink your position.

To that end, People’s World ran a glowing profile of Sister Simone Campbell and her “Network.” Campbell and her sisters have formed the “Nuns on the Bus,” storming the nation on behalf of “social justice,” which, in effect, frequently conforms to the agenda of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. The nuns have crusaded for Obama-care, in direct defiance of the bishops.

“From our reading of the bill,” assured Sister Campbell, urging passing of Obama-care, “there isn’t any federal funding of abortion.” Quite the contrary, Campbell and her sisters judged the bill not anti-life but pro-life.

But while the bishops and faithful Catholics were aghast at the sisters’ actions, not everyone was against them. Among those thrilled is a group of strange bedfellows, one that spent the last century persecuting the Catholic Church, placing nuns in the gulag, and even killing priests and bishops—namely, communists. When it comes to Sister Campbell and her Nuns on the Bus, communists are on board. They have suddenly gotten religion. Go, nuns, go!

The article in People’s World was less a news article than an ad for Network. The People’s World correspondent urged its communist readers to follow Sister Campbell’s instructions in texting the word “nuns” to senators. Aside a warm photo of Campbell and her sisters, the flagship publication of the Communist Party provided links to Network’s website and the Nuns on the Bus tour. The CPUSA publication hoped the nuns would “make thousands of friends.”

Indeed, your friends say a lot about you. I don’t know about you, but if I ran a Catholic organization encouraged by Communist Party USA and Barack Obama but in direct opposition to my bishops and Church on certain core Catholic teachings, including matters of literal life and death, I’d be concerned.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

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Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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