Catholics Faces Crisis Over Retired N...

Catholics Faces Crisis Over Retired Nuns

There are 15 comments on the The Associated Press story from Jul 27, 2006, titled Catholics Faces Crisis Over Retired Nuns . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

With tens of thousands of U.S. nuns over age 70, the Roman Catholic Church is facing a massive financial shortfall for the care of retirees in religious orders _ a gap that over the long term dwarfs costs from ...

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Rita

Gulfport, MS

#1 Jul 28, 2006
It is sad how the dedicated nuns who where the back bone of the catholic church wereso un noticed for all their good works While the bishops and priests such a life of luxury and freedom and brought much scandal to the church Judgement day is coming
Minnesota Mary

Mankato, MN

#2 Jul 28, 2006
Rita wrote:
It is sad how the dedicated nuns who where the back bone of the catholic church wereso un noticed for all their good works While the bishops and priests such a life of luxury and freedom and brought much scandal to the church Judgement day is coming
Rita, some years ago the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet gave the largest ever gift of around $20 million dollars to The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. When asked how they had amassed such a fortune, they replied that they had been investing in the stock market for many years. The School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato, MN have a great deal of valuable real estate high on a hill overlooking Mankato. They have remodeled the Chapel and have built a state of the art nursing home for the old nuns. I don't think the "retired nuns crisis" is anything to get too worried about. I think most of them may be living better than you do. MM
Rufus Choate

New Milford, CT

#3 Jul 28, 2006
Rita wrote:
It is sad how the dedicated nuns who where the back bone of the catholic church wereso un noticed for all their good works While the bishops and priests such a life of luxury and freedom and brought much scandal to the church Judgement day is coming
What "Bells of Saint Mary" fantasy are you living? As someone who had no one but the Sisters of Saint Joseph in parochial grade school in the 1970's, I have nothing but contempt for them. Of the 32 or so Nun that I was subjected to, I had only two sisters who were only moderately christian and competent in their behavior but the rest were vile, vindicative harpies.
The demise of the majority of liberal women religious order can not happen soon enough. Let them embrace the cross of true proverty and beg for alms on the street.
Rufus Choate
rocky mountain

Fort Collins, CO

#4 Jul 29, 2006
Certainly there are sisters who are part of religious commuities that had some foresight to invest monies, some did not. The average age of women religious is in the 70s. Some are being care for by their communities some do not have that availability. Each diocese should support them, in their hey day they were not paid a living wage, no health care or retirement planned for. This situation is a disgrace.
Yes, Rufus there were some mean ones.
Minnesota Mary

Mankato, MN

#5 Jul 29, 2006
Well said Rocky. I might add that it would be wise for those wanting to help the religious orders to tour their facilities and look at their financial records to determine the extent of their poverty. Also, it is my understanding that some of the orders place their elderly nuns on medicaid and other government funding programs. The Catholic Church should be paying for these nuns instead of the government since they very likely did not pay into the social security system. Charity begins at home. MM
Twisted Sister

Kansas City, MO

#6 Aug 14, 2006
Rest easy, the nuns are doing fine, trust me, I've seen it, they are not suffering.
annette

Kahului, HI

#7 Aug 15, 2006
Yes, there were some strict and appeared to be mean ones but the majority were instrumental in shaping me into the person I am today and that is a very positive statement.
Remember Rufus, to err is human but to forgive is divine.
Crance

London, KY

#8 Aug 15, 2006
annette wrote:
Yes, there were some strict and appeared to be mean ones but the majority were instrumental in shaping me into the person I am today and that is a very positive statement.
Remember Rufus, to err is human but to forgive is divine.
Exactly right!!

Sister Humbert taught me Algebra I and at the time I didn't care much for her, but ... looking back I realize she was probably the best teacher I ever had.

I have taught Algebra for the last 2 years.

She made me learn in spite of myself! May God rest her soul!

... Peace
Twisted Sister

Kansas City, MO

#9 Aug 16, 2006
Crance wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly right!!
Sister Humbert taught me Algebra I and at the time I didn't care much for her, but ... looking back I realize she was probably the best teacher I ever had.
I have taught Algebra for the last 2 years.
She made me learn in spite of myself! May God rest her soul!
... Peace
Could you teach me, I NEVER COULD GET IT? By the way, what do you use algebra for? Isn't that where you figure out the square root and all that? No one has ever asked me what is the square root of something so I have not missed knowing it. Still, it would be something to accomplish.
Crance

London, KY

#10 Aug 16, 2006
Twisted Sister wrote:
<quoted text>Could you teach me, I NEVER COULD GET IT? By the way, what do you use algebra for? Isn't that where you figure out the square root and all that? No one has ever asked me what is the square root of something so I have not missed knowing it. Still, it would be something to accomplish.
It's pretty much useless for 99% of people.

Probably some fields like Engineering make some practical use of it.

I think we force it on the kids mostly to help them learn to use their brains logically.

... Peace
Henry Clasing

Glen Ellyn, IL

#11 Jan 11, 2011
It's a shame there is such lack of TRUE information on this subject. Several weeks ago on EWTN there were two gentlemen from the New York area that have set up a fund for the needs they saw. They need $70 million, but have only raised $10 million so far. They have founded this fund because of th REAL NEED that exists. It's a shame to generalize because in any field there are alwaya incompetants, but most sisters in the 50's through 70's were hard-working very halpful people.
Fr. Groeschel from EWTN who conducted the program at 7PM Sunday EST is very worthwhile to watch. He has written many helpful books and is a wise old-timer who is helpful to listeners of ALL faiths.
Listening to him is a SMART thing to do.
Brian

United States

#12 Jan 27, 2011
Rita,

Tell it like it is. Cherck out "The Firetenders Blog" google firetender, catholic nunsm child abuse and vows" to the growing blog on abuse by nuns. They deserve no help only compassion becasue they too were victims, raised and trained in the same pederaste system. You are now alone.
angela bradley

Netherlands

#13 Feb 23, 2011
I have today chatted to an elderly resident in a nursing home. he told me how he was beaten by catholic nuns regularly at st vincents orphanage in preston and he said they were inhuman.Thery were terrible details which saddened me. He suffered mental health problems throughout his life. Each time i chat to him, he goes back to the abuse he suffered.

Maybe these nuns should live like he did-when they want the toilet they should be refused and when they wet themselves they should be beaten.

But no, because then we have lowered ourselves to their standards and we are human.
Mary Tod

Boston, MA

#14 Jul 6, 2014
"THE FIRETENDERS BLOG", everyone should read it! Not only priests abused children, NUNS have yet to be held accountable! I suffered abuse and have lived for 48 years with the damage inflicted upon me. So many of us have been abused by nuns. The Pope has yet to acknowledge the abuse of nuns! The Catholic church and all its money can care for its own. The Catholic Church as well as all churches should pay taxes and into the Social Security System. Imagine what are world could be like if they did! The tax money would pay for healhtcare, education, infrastructure. The nuns, priests etc. could live just like us. The taxed could be used to care for the poor and hungry of the world.
QUITTNER on July 6 2014

Toronto, Canada

#15 Jul 6, 2014
RE: Catholics Faces Crisis Over Retired Nuns
..... Thanks to those of you who posted your own experiences with nuns. There are many good people and many bad people, including nuns. The good ones should get rewarded, and the bad ones should be punished..

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