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  • Susan Russell

    One of my real heroes! Thanks so much for this!

  • Sr. Althea Johns CSJ

    You bring hope to woman and women RELIGIOUS. Continue be who you are. THANK YOU

  • Judith Davis

    A great article and review of the book. Sister Joan’s real gift to all of us is that she is “real.” I have her books next to Thomas Merton’s. She is the 21st century’s Merton for me.

  • Richard Rush

    If one of the rules is, “Direct comments to the article, not other commenters,” why is there a “Reply” button under every individual comment?

  • Marcia

    Someday there will be popes like her

  • Jim

    I’ve long felt that Sister Joan would be “Bishop Joan” in a church that honored and welcomed all people equally (it will indeed be true some day…).

  • Debbo

    I am not Roman Catholic, and I have great respect for Sr. Joan Chittister and the LCWR. This quote sums up the situation for the RCC and other churches that deny women’s full participation: “It’s done already! Stop telling us who we should be. Let us tell YOU who we are!”

    While I am supportive of Pope Francisco, the quote explains why the RCC will never be authoritative for most women, including RCC members, as long as it’s old men who try to tell women who they are and how they are.

    I long for a Pope Joan with the same yearning I feel for a Madam President.

  • Martha Tressler

    There is no living woman I respect more than Sister Joan. Her intelligence shines through her eyes. Her “You can’t scare me,” comment Is true of so many women I know. The “old men in long dresses” have little idea of where we’ve been and they really don’t seem to care all that much. If they would listen with open hearts the might be very surprised. Until they let us (Women) tell them who we are, I’m so afraid the status quo will reign. God bless Sr. Joan. Long may she speak and write.

  • I was born wondering why boys were treated differently then girls. I had a father
    who never stopped me from working on the car, building “things” or wearing
    “cowboy” clothes! It was only when I got to school that I had a problem. Now,
    as to church, I attend an Episcopal church where the Priest is a women and also
    the third generation priest of that congregation. Her grandfather and her father,
    through out the history of the church served there. Her father was later a Bishop.
    She is now in the 60’s and will most likely retire in a few years. Guess what??
    She is well liked, is an excellent Priest and the church is on of the most successful in the Diocese. Oh well, that says it all.

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  • Alana

    Except for the vows of poverty chastity and obedience that she allegedly took.

  • Thanks, Sr. Joan Chittister, for your honesty and your leadership.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    I believe in roles. The mother can’t be a father and vice versa. I never felt put down in the Church. Men and women each have their own unique perspectives, equal but different. I enjoy getting a male’s point of view. I love being a nun and wearing a habit. I’m a nurse and I loved wearing my cap. Everyone else did too. They told me so!
    I’m sorry that Sister Joan had an abusive childhood. So did my Mother. It marked her lifelong. My Mother strongly objected to me becoming a nun because Sisters were mean to her in school. She was religious, but she knew these sisters were not practicing Christianity. She didn’t want me to be like that. No fear! I’m a product of parents who were deeply religious and kind.

  • Sister Joan has been my hero since I joined the Franciscan Sisters. She is a women of faith, of courage and a shining star as she tries to move issues forward for women, religious and laity. I love Joan and pray that her dreams will be fulfilled. Thank you Sr. Joan for your courage to move the church forward for the rights of women in the Church.
    Annie Dougherty, OSF