From LifeSiteNews.com: Nun Volunteering as Abortion Clinic Escort in Illinois
A Dominican nun has been seen frequenting an abortion facility in Illinois recently - but not, as one might expect, to pray for an end to abortion or to counsel women seeking abortions, but to volunteer as a clinic escort.
Local pro-life activists say that they recognized the escort at the ACU Health Center as Sr. Donna Quinn, a nun outspokenly in favor of legalized abortion, after seeing her photo in a Chicago Tribune article."I've called her sister several times, and she never responded," local pro-lifer John Bray told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN). "But it's her."
Amy Keane, a pro-life witness for 11 years, says Quinn has acted as escort for "six years, at least." Keane described one incident in which Quinn began shouting at the pro-lifers as they spoke to a woman about to enter the abortion facility.
"[Quinn] was so angry, and burst out very loudly so everyone could hear: 'Look at these men, telling these women what to do with their bodies!'" said Keane. "She was so angry, that it really took all of us aback." Keane says that the group was peaceful, and that the men present were not among those engaging the woman.
"For those of us who are Catholic, to have a member of a religious order so blatantly - it is so disheartening. It really is," said Keane. "She's participating actively in abortion. That is what is so disturbing for us."
Sr. Donna Quinn, OP, is renowned in the Chicago area as an advocate for legalized abortion and other liberal issues.
In 1974 she co-founded the organization Chicago Catholic Women, which lobbied the USCCB on a feminist platform before it dissolved in 2000. She is now a coordinator of the radically liberal National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN), which stands in opposition against the Catholic Church's position on abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and the male priesthood.
While LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) was unable to reach Sr. Quinn for comment, NCAN's Sr. Beth Rindler confirmed to LSN that Quinn is still a member of their group, which favors unrestricted legalized abortion and disagrees with the teaching that abortion is intrinsically evil. "We respect women, and believe that they make moral decision, and so we respect their decisions," Rindler explained.
In a 2002 address to the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, Sr. Quinn described how she came to view the teachings of her Church as "immoral": "I used to say: 'This is my Church, and I will work to change it, because I love it,'" she said. "Then later I said, 'This church is immoral, and if I am to identify with it I'd better work to change it.' More recently, I am saying, 'All organized religions are immoral in their gender discriminations.'"
The more I think about this (and I'm trying not to, this is so unbefreakinlievable), it would be better if she was turning tricks as a traditional escort than working at the abortion clinic - at least with an escort service, no one ends up dead.
Now I don't know if NCAN is affiliated with LCWR, and frankly, I don't care. They're peas in a pod - and a quick check of NCAN's website showed that a former president of the LCWR was a keynote speaker at a recent conference, so there you go - having strayed so far from Catholic teaching, I think their GPS is stuck on "Gehenna".
For Beth Rindler to say "We respect women, and believe that they make moral decision, and so we respect their decisions", I have to believe she hasn't the foggiest as to what "moral" means. Because where I come from, "having an abortion" does not mean "moral". Add to that the doozy from Quinn about some Church teachings as "immoral" - it's like Bizzaro world to these folks! Permanent opposite day.
Fortunately, their influence is waning. The sun is setting on their best days. The night is falling for them. Which is why they are acting so desperately - their time is short, and all bets are off. This sister of death is just the latest outrageous example.
UPDATE 10/26/09 - Canonist Ed Peters (In The Light Of The Law blog, under my Sites of Interest and Information in the sidebar) has put up a post here going over possible canonical options regarding Sr. Quinn, should any ever be take. Interesting stuff.
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