The Little Sisters of the Poor: Heroes or Villains?
Recently The New Yorker profiled a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. The piece described, in admirable terms, the Catholic nuns’ reputation for treating the elderly with dignity and compassion.
John StonestreetMaria Baer
Recently The New Yorker profiled a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. The piece described, in admirable terms, the Catholic nuns’ reputation for treating the elderly with dignity and compassion, as well as the Little Sisters’ founder, a French nun known for personally taking in the homeless.
Such behavior is not strange for followers of Jesus. What is strange is The New Yorker’s about-face. Not long ago, the magazine covered the Little Sisters for a very different reason. Writing about the nuns’ lawsuit against the federal government’s Obamacare mandate, which would have forced them to pay for contraception and abortion, The New Yorker called the nuns “irrationally passionate.” There was not a word about the Little Sisters’ love for the elderly or their courageous founder. Instead, reporters suggested they didn’t care about women.
In a secular society, Christ followers will sometimes be loved and sometimes subjected to baseless accusations. That’s OK. We were told this would happen. Our job is to keep loving our neighbors while never compromising our convictions.
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