Notorious Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Donna Quinn is attacking faithful Catholic organizations such as the Little Sisters of the Poor who are suing the government to secure their religious freedom not to have to insure for contraceptives, some of them abortifacient. The Sinsinawa Dominican congregation is very well aware, and, as has been the norm throughout Sister Donna’s long career of anti-Catholic activism, they are letting her do whatever she pleases. I contacted the Sinsinawa Dominican prioress yesterday for comment and assuring her of my prayers, she has not replied.
This article by a fellow “pro choice” activist appeared in the liberal Religion Dispatches Friday:
“NCAN is dismayed that the Little Sisters of the Poor, the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic organizations are challenging the Affordable Care Act. Spurred on by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops these organizations are attempting to hold hostage all women by refusing insurance to them for contraceptives,” said the 2,000-member group in a statement.
“This has gotten out of hand,” Sister Donna Quinn, head of NCAN, told RD. “It isn’t ‘faith and freedom’ when reproductive autonomy isn’t extended by the Catholic Church to women. Now we have other Christian religions seeing what the bishops are doing and saying we will do likewise. It isn’t freedom when a woman can be held hostage by the owner of a business.”
Let me explain. Donna Quinn’s central ideology is 60s and 70s era radical feminism. She is radically intolerant of a wide array of Catholic beliefs and practices, while noisily exploiting being a “nun” in order to attack the Church. Among fellow sisters she is an activist continually trying to radicalize them. This corruption and inversion of the mission of a religious sister seems to be her persona and career.
On this foundation the unabashed irrationality of her ideas flourishes. If someone else won’t pay to make a woman’s sexual activity more convenient to her, that equals “holding a woman hostage.” Even though the woman could have obtained birth control herself (it’s not expensive), or could have even opted to live the Church’s moral teachings, as more and more younger couples are discovering really help their marriage and family life. True freedom is freedom to do what is right and good. It is sin that is bondage. Jesus ransoms us from that hostage situation.
In my book A Report on the Sinsinawa Dominicans Today, published last fall, I related the story of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa welcoming and covering for Sister Donna Quinn’s aggressive activism against Catholic beliefs. I sent the prioress, Sister Mary Ellen Gevelinger, 10 or 12 copies of my book.
Sister Donna Quinn (click for an extensive biography), most famous for having been an abortion clinic escort for some years until the intervention of Cardinal George in 2009, has continued her aggressive activism against Catholic beliefs and morality.
Even when her activities didn’t make it into the newspapers, Donna Quinn was close to the action of an array of immoral political initiatives. In 2012 she spoke at a Planned Parenthood event in California. In November 2013 Donna emailed to her congregation’s email discussion list, “Next week I will attend the signing of the Equal Marriage Law having been invited by those who have worked for the last five years to make Illinois the 16th State to sign on.” Springfield, IL’s Bishop Paprocki celebrated an exorcism service at the same time as the ceremony. “How far do I have to stand at the signing so this man’s magic wand of exorcising won’t touch me ?” Sister Donna mocked in her email nastily complaining about Paprocki and his defense of marriage as between one man and one woman. Her next email invited her sisters: “Governor Quinn has granted invitations to the signing of the Marriage Equality Bill of Illinois to be signed at UIC on Wednesday – November 20 – at 3 P.M. Let me know by Monday Nov. 18 [here was her email address] so that I might get an invitation for you to attend….Donna Quinn”
Some sectors of Catholic religious life are thriving and giving much hope for the future. The story noted in this article, unfortunately, is a sign of the grotesque ill health of some other sectors, the leaders of which show little to no openness to healing, and are even very closed to dialogue. The Body of Christ suffers.