"I think the criticism of what we're not talking about seems to me to be unfair. Because [Women] Religious have clearly given our lives to supporting life, to supporting the dignity of human persons.…We would question, however, any policy that is more pro-fetus than actually pro-life. If the rights of the unborn trump all of the rights of all of those who are already born, that is a distortion, too… We dedicate our lives to those on the margins of society, many of whom are considered throwaway people: the impaired, the chronically mentally ill, the elderly, the incarcerated, to the people on death row.… There's so much being said about abortion that is often phrased in such extreme and such polarizing terms that to choose not to enter into a debate that is so widely covered by other sectors of the Catholic Church — and we have been giving voice to other issues that are less covered but are equally as important.…To single out one right-to-life issue and to say that that's the only issue that defines Catholic identity, I think, is really a distortion." -- Sister Pat Farrell, from an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, July 28, 2012<quoted text>
If not political, then part of their mission -- and every Christian's mission -- is not to shy away from testifying to biblical truths and admonitions:
"Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don't stand back and let them die. Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve."
That sounds to me like the attitude of someone sincerely interested in doing good for her fellows human beings. What the Vatican seems to be saying is you have to do it exactly the way we tell you to do it or else. That sounds more like a Roman Emperor giving orders to his subjects.