While the habit does not make the nun, it is a part of religious life. Unfortunately the habit is sometimes used by Catholics and the media as a gauge of faithfulness, catholicity, and/or relevancy. I can never understand why Catholics want to be so divisive within our own Church or why the media must pit groups against one another.

Religious life is meant to be diverse, and this diversity is a gift to the Church and world.

We need nuns in identifiable habits and nuns in habits that aren’t much different from the ordinary, modest dress of the people. We need nuns who are devoted to solitude and pray ceaselessly for the good of the Church and world. And we need nuns who are actively engaged in apostolates in every sphere of life. These ministries, these callings have been present in the church since its inception.