Thanks to Greg Kandra over at The Deacon’s Bench (Greg is a deacon, as well as a husband and ardent mediaphile) who pointed out an profile in The Cleveland Plain Dealer of Sister Catherine Pinkerton of the Congregation of St. Joseph. The 86-year-old sister has been chosen to pray the closing prayer on night at the Democratic convention in Denver. It’s wonderful to have a woman religious address such an important assembly, presumably on nationwide television. (I’d say the same no matter what party she was helping to pray: everyone could use some prayer these days.) But you wouldn’t know it from some of the comments on the blog. Read the article on Deacon’s Bench here, but read the often snotty comments (E.g.: Is she a sister if she doesn’t wear a habit?, I’ll bet her order doesn’t get many vocations, etc.) at your own peril.
Deacon Kandra’s blog is always topnotch. This comments, however, show that even the very best Catholic blogs are not immune from the kind of uncharitable comments from readers that make you wonder why so many Catholics often forget that they’re supposed to be Christian, too.
James Martin, SJ