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If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission (2014)

by Jo Piazza

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An agnostic author sets out to chronicle the lives of 10 amazing religious women. Each woman interprets her religious calling into a call to action for a cause. Among those causes are gay rights, prison reform, human trafficking, reproductive rights, and an 80 year old who competes in triathalons. Each chapter is an inspiration. We should all live so passionately. ( )
1 vote tangledthread | Nov 4, 2015 |
See nuns in a whole new way. Men may be in charge of the church but women are clearly doing God's work (what's new?). These women are fighting for inclusion of gays and lesbians, they are protecting reproductive rights, working to insure health care for everyone, running marathons and doing Iron Man triathlons, caring for the children of women in prison and helping these women upon their release, going toe to toe with major corporations like Nestle with regard to their use of child labor, facing federal prison for opposing nuclear weapons, rescuing women in the US from the sex trafficking, and so so much more. Read this book! ( )
1 vote knitwit2 | Apr 28, 2015 |
Featured in the book: Sister Megan Rice
Sister Simone Campbell
Sister Jeannie Gramick
Sister Madonna Buder
Sister Joan Dawber
Sister Nora Nash
Sister Dianna Mae Ortiz
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald
Sister Maureen Fielder
Donna Quinn (Sister)

They found a passion via being a nun that has them supporting causes and taking positions that have subtly yet profoundly affect the church and beyond. Jo Piazza's story telling of the nuns and their impact on her before and after the interviews is = to cherry on a ice cream Sunday. ( )
  seki | Dec 27, 2014 |
Ten inspiring essays by a self professed agnostic about Catholic nuns who are dedicated to various causes including human trafficking, women's rights and environmentalism. Whether or not you agree with their politics on some of these issues, the one thing you can not deny is their hard work and passion many times risking their lives to achieve a more humane world. Each vignette develops the biography, successes and failures of these remarkable women. We should all be so passionate in the way we live. ( )
1 vote muddyboy | Dec 17, 2014 |
First of all I want to state that I am not a religious person. This is not a book just for nuns to read or a book for just Catholics to read, it is a wonderful work of non -fiction that gives credit to specific people for accomplishments that go above and beyond. The fact that they are nuns is really secondary to the fact that they are extraordinary people. Badass Women, IMO! To paraphrase the author, she thinks these women are rock stars and she wants to tell their story. Jo Piazza is an experienced journalist who writes for several well known publications. It shows.

She begins with what has been an investigation by the Vatican into what the nuns as individuals and groups have been up to. This investigation was begun in 2008 by the congregation for the institutes of consecrated life and the societies of apostolic life, Cardinal Franc Rode' initiated an inquiry into the quality of lif of american nun, on the theory that some of them had gone astray.

It is certainly no secret that the sisters live differently now then they did prior to 1962 when Pope John XXIII told them that they should go out in the world to serve. Gone were most of the habits and things began to change, and clearly for the better!

Some of what you will find here..

Sister Megan Rice 82 who has dedicated her life to disarmament of nuclear weapons. Everywhere.

Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on a Bus fame with their Faithful Budget, an interfaith budget crafted by Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious organizations that calls for a reduction in military spending and more aid to the poor. This budget was delivered to Capitol Hill, and was ignored. She wrote the famous Nun's Letter that was signed by leaders of Catholic Sisters who supported the ACA.

And how about the Iron Nun, Sister Madonna, wonder what she has been up to? Feisty octogenarian that she is , will have a story for you.

Sister Diana, kidnapped and tortured for standing by the people of Guatemala, and teaching their children. After her recovery, she went on to heap and support other victims of various kinds of torture.

What happens to babies born in prison in Long Island City, Queens, NY? Sister T can tell you. She can tell you what happens to their mothers, too. She Helps many former convicts become whole, functioning citizens again. ASk anyone in the neighborhood, and they will have a Sister Tesa story..

Tens nuns, ten amazing stories. And I have a feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg. This book contains titles of books written by some of the sisters whose stories are shared. I plan to read a few. I hope you do, too. This is a small book, filled with big stories, and immense accomplishments.

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"Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do."
—Dorothy Day

"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."
—Mother Teresa
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To Simone, Megan, Tesa, Nora, Dianna, Madonna,
Donna, Joan, Maureen, and Jeannine.
If nuns ruled the world, I have no doubt it would be
a fairer place.
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Profiles ten nuns and the causes to which they've dedicated their lives. Meet, for instance, Sister Simone Campbell, who traversed the United States challenging a Republican budget that threatened to severely undermine the well-being of poor Americans; Sister Megan Rice, who's willing to spend the rest of her life in prison if it helps eliminate nuclear weapons; and the inimitable Sister Jeannine Gramick, who's fighting for acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church.… (more)

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