Mustard Seed Rebellion: Support the Sisters of St. Joseph Against the Religious Authority Guy


“An environment of dissent from and public opposition to the positions of the [religious guys in authority] does not provide an appropriate seedbed for vocations.”–statement from the diocesan office of Bishop Lawrence Brandt, Diocese of Greensburg, PA

“Woe to you, [religious guys in authority]! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”–statement from the Nazareth office of Jesus (Matthew 23:23)

So this Catholic Archbishop Brandt told the Sisters of St. Joseph that they can’t run any of their promotional advertisements seeking new vocations in any diocesan paper because they continued to support the passage of the health care reform bill after the U.S. bishops pulled out.

Okay. Whatever. Archbishops can be stupid like the rest of us.

But what do you say we help the Sisters of St. Joseph run a kick-butt vocations campaign, just to show the Archbishop that he’s really not all THAT!

If you live in the Pittsburgh or Western PA area consider promoting the Sisters of St. Joseph for 31 days in May through your own outlets, e-mail lists, parish bulletins, newspapers, whatever. Here’s an e-mail tag line:

A Catholic Sister has a Thousand Faces. Is Yours One? Visit the Sisters of St. Joseph at

Consider sharing the photo above to your Facebook page or sending it out to your networks. Additionally, you might want to send a note to Archbishop Brandt at and letting him know that you support the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, PA.

Read more about Bishop Nixes Nuns’ Recruitment Drive Over Health Care Spat below:

A Roman Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania has barred local nuns from promoting their order in his diocese because they supported the health care bill Congress passed last month.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pa., “publicly repudiated” the U.S. bishops by supporting the bill, the Diocese of Greensburg said in a statement. Therefore, Bishop Lawrence Brandt has ordered diocesan newspapers, offices, and parishes not to promote the sisters’ upcoming recruiting drive.

The Sisters of St. Joseph, who specialize in health care and social services, was one of nearly 60 Catholic women’s congregations that signed a March 17 letter supporting a version of the health care bill that was denounced by the U.S. bishops.

After minor revisions and a promise from President Obama not to expand federal funding of abortion, that bill became law on March 23.

The sisters are located in the neighboring Diocese of Pittsburgh and wanted to advertise to area Catholics, including in Brandt’s diocese.

Brandt “has a right to disapprove a request from a religious community that wants to host a recruitment event when that community has take a public stance in opposition to the church’s teaching on human life,” the diocese said in a statement dated April 15.

“Furthermore,” the statement continued, “an environment of dissent from and public opposition to the positions of the U.S. Catholic bishops does not provide an appropriate seedbed for vocations.”

Read the whole article here.

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