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Nuns and Pop Culture

Sister Act, Whoopi, and images of nuns: discuss

Blog Published: September 24, 2008

Sister Act movies have long been a source of entertainment but also a problem when it comes to communicating who Catholic sisters and nuns really are.

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Monday Quiz: Find the derisive stereotypes of nuns in this article

Blog Published: April 25, 2011

Just when I think stereotypes and negative portrayals of Catholic sisters and nuns can’t get any worse, I read something like this review of Sister Act the Musical. No, no it’s not the musical that is problematic.

Doubt the Movie Discussion

Blog Published: January 8, 2009

Today the Sisters of Charity of New York, my IHM nun Sister Maxine Kollasch, and myself will be here on A Nun’s Life blog from 2-4 p.m. EST for a “live” discussion and Q&A on Doubt the movie.

The Divine Sister: Another play on nuns

Blog Published: June 6, 2013

I'm grateful that my introduction to The Divine Sister, a comedic play written by Charles Busch, came from a review by Lawrence Toppman, a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer. Had I run into the predictable story line and characters elsewhere, I may have been less than amused with this comedy and missed its actual intent.

An Open Letter to Sinéad O’Connor about a nun’s life

Blog Published: August 23, 2011

”I am in the peak of my sexual prime and way too lovely to be living like a nun, and it’s VERY depressing.”

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Flying Kansas farmboy versus flying Nun

Blog Published: December 4, 2008

The Flying Nun is an icon in many people’s imagination — whether Catholic or non-Catholic, whether you saw the originals or just the re-runs. The Flying Nun was a sitcom in the late 1960s starring a young comic Sally Field as Sister Bertrille, a novice with the Daughters of Charity who could fly.

Pop Art as Sacred Art?

Blog Published: November 18, 2013

When Pope John XXIII threw open the window opening the Church to the modern world, I'm not sure he specifically had pop culture in mind, but why not? ... I started thinking about this after reading an interesting article called "The good books: how church used pop art to guide young"... It's an interesting read with a look at the covers of several pamphlets that pose tantalizing questions related to sexuality, vocation, drinking, and well, more sexuality.  

Of nuns and nursing: "Call the Midwife"

Blog Published: May 9, 2013

My sister Donna texted me a while ago and said, “U gotta c ths show--Call the Midwife. PBS. Nuns.” I hesitated, because I’m not a big fan of tv shows based on medical stuff. But I figured if Donna, who is a nurse, likes it, I probably would too, especially since it has nuns.