Catholic nun brings her star power to DNC
Sister Simone Campbell got what may have been the biggest media platform of her life on Wednesday night, when she addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. But the Catholic nun had plenty of star power before that.
Walking around Charlotte this week, Campbell was repeatedly stopped by fans who wanted to pose for pictures.
They had seen her on “The Colbert Report,” pushing back on the Vatican’s crackdown on American nuns, or read about the “nuns on the bus” tour that Simone organized to decry Rep. Paul Ryan’s federal budget proposal.
“One woman came up to me and said ‘my husband loves you; I’d be jealous if you weren’t a nun,’ ” Campbell, 66, said Tuesday night.
By asking her to speak at their convention, the Democrats appear keen to capitalize on Campbell’s budding celebrity at a moment when the official Roman Catholic Church has been critical of the Obama administration, claiming that it is infringing on religious liberty.
And at a convention that is revolving largely around an alleged GOP-led “war on women,” Campbell is a poignant feminist symbol. She has stood up to the Vatican’s criticisms of American nuns for what the church says is their fixation on progressive advocacy at the expense of promoting socially conservative positions. [more]