MSNBC contributors E.J. Dionne and Katrina vanden Heuvel say they want a nun to be named the next pope. No they don’t. They don’t want Mother Agnes Mary Donovan of the Sisters of Life. Nor do they want Mother Mary Assumpta Long of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. In fact, they don’t want any of the nuns who belong to orders associated with the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious.
That’s because all of these women are faithful daughters of the Catholic Church. Quite unlike dissident nuns, these sisters accept the teachings of the Magisterium. Indeed, those who say they want a nun as pope would clearly prefer a cardinal who shares their views before they would ever want to see one of these nuns selected as pope. So why don’t they just be honest about it?