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Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, addresses the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Compiled from news servicesCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sister Simone Campbell this week addressed the Democratic National Convention about the morality of budgets.
“I’m one of the Nuns on the Bus,” said the executive director of Network, a Roman Catholic group that serves in poor communities, introducing herself. “We have nuns on the bus and a nun on the podium!”
In June, Sister Simone traveled with other Catholic sisters on a 2,700-mile bus trip across America “to tell Americans about the budget Paul Ryan wrote and Gov. [Mitt] Romney endorsed.”
Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, a determined cost cutter and Catholic, had drawn negative reactions from Catholic religious with his budget plan. Romney chose Ryan as his running mate last month.
In April, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a letter opposing many of the proposals. They “stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test,” said Sister Simone, saying that the cuts would harm families living in poverty.
“We agree with our bishops,” Sister Simone said, emphasizing her words slowly, adding, “And that’s why we went on the road.”
“Our faith strongly affirms that we are all responsible for one another,” she said. “I am my sister’s keeper. I am my brother’s keeper,” she said as the Democratic delegates cheered.
“This is part of my pro-life stance, and the right thing to do,” she said, by which time the audience was standing and shouting.
“‘I urge you, join us on the bus,” she said.
In an interview before her speech, Sister Simone said she was surprised to be invited to speak, she wasn’t sure how the U.S. bishops would react.