Vatican harangue makes stars of ‘Nuns on the Bus’
As the crowd in front of the United Methodist building in Washington, D.C., saw the bus coming down the street, loudspeakers began to play “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song from the movie “Rocky III.”
The crowd clapped to the beat, cheered and waved posters.
“Sisterhood Is Power,” read one sign.
Lettering on the side of the bus became legible as the vehicle pulled closer: “NUNS on the bus: Nuns drive for faith, family and fairness.”
Jim Winkler, minister of the church, was the first to take the podium at the July 2 noontime press conference in sweltering 95-degree heat, just days after millions in the area had lost electric power during a brutal storm.
“They have been traveling across this nation to speak out for a faithful budget,” said Winkler, “and they are here today as our rock stars!”
This was the final stop on the “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which started in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 17 and ended about two weeks later in Washington, D.C., with this press conference.
The tour’s stated mission was to stir up outrage over what the nuns called the immorality of lowering taxes for the wealthy while attacking the poor through cutting food stamps and Medicaid, as outlined in the budget plan crafted by Paul Ryan, a Republican representing Wisconsin’s 1st District in Congress.
But the tour, which took place in the aftermath of Vatican censure of the nuns’ leadership group, was about more than the national budget. [More]