~ by Dan Stockman, Global Sisters Report (GSR)
Catholic women religious in the United States want to see many different things [as] the Biden administration enters the White House. While it’s no surprise that those sisters interviewed by the Global Sisters Report want to see policies more in line with Catholic social justice teaching, over and over, all of them kept coming back to the issue of character.
As the nation reels from a January 6 insurrection at the Capitol and impeachment in Congress, sisters said the new administration, led by President Joe Biden, will be a relief.
“Did anyone notice during this entire presidential campaign what was said most about Joe Biden? It was that he is a good man,” Sr. Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, and the co-chair of the Global Initiative of Women told the GSR, “[people] are looking for character. They’re looking for quality.”
Sr. Marcia Hall, of the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore, MD, said she is looking for a return to civility.
Sr. Simone Campbell of the Sisters of Social Service, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, said Biden’s Catholic faith is inseparable from who he is.
Chittister said sisters’ calls for better policies on issues such as ecology, the economy, healthcare, just wages and racial equity will have a chance of being answered.
Chittister continued, “What I will be looking for is the character and the quality of the leadership and the recommitment to the Constitution. I’m looking for character.”
Chittister said that Biden’s win restored her faith in the electorate.
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