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Nuns share their budget message to candidates at Youngstown stop

Published: Sun, October 14, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

nuns on the bus ohio

By Elise Franco



Sisters involved with Nuns on the Bus Ohio are working to provide a new type of budget they say will benefit the nation’s people, as well as its government.

The sisters began their 1,000-mile bus tour across Ohio on Oct. 10 and will conclude Monday. On Saturday, they stopped in Youngstown to share their mission with more than 100 people gathered at Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership — a community organization that provides services to alleviate and prevent poverty.

Sister Monica McGloin said the tour takes them to organizations such as MYCAP to highlight the importance of the services they provide. She said the state and country’s current budget situation threatens to cut funding to these organizations, which will force cuts in service.

“The people of Youngs-town and their economy have been hit hard,” she said.

“We’ve seen some wonderful programs, like the one here. All these programs told us that cuts equal fewer services.”

Robin Renee Walton, executive director of MYCAP, said the sisters’ visit to Youngstown and the organization was a way for both groups to spread their missions.

“It’s all about awareness,” Walton said. “The nuns are carrying their message across the state, and they’ll bring awareness about our impact in the area we serve.”

McGloin said because budget decisions have such a widespread impact, the nuns are using the tour to educate people about the “Faithful Budget,” a campaign created by members of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths that “promotes comprehensive and compassionate budget principles that will protect the common good, value each individual and his or her livelihood, and help lift the burden on the poor, rather than increasing it while shielding the wealthiest from any additional sacrifice,” according to the campaign’s website.

McGloin said people need to begin putting pressure on elected officials at every level of government to create budgets that reflect those principals.

“No matter who we elect in November, we will need a budget,” she said.

“The Faithful Budget outlines all the things all of us need.”

Walton said what many people in Youngstown need most is the continued services provided by MYCAP and other similar organizations. She said that’s why Nuns on the Bus chose Youngstown as a stop in the tour.

“The sisters realize the situation here in Mahoning County,” Walton said,

“People who have never accessed our services are now in need of immediate assistance.”

For more information about Nuns on the Bus, visit www.nunsonthebus-ohio.com. For more information about The Faithful Budget, visit www.faithfulbudget.org.


1TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The article fails to mention the verbal opposition to tax breaks for the wealthy that one of the nuns was very adamant about. Very loving and fair to single out those evil wealthy people right sister?

If it weren't for the wealthy you would be without food pantries, soup lines, and most of the other chartitable things that the nuns praise so highly.

Socialists in nuns clothing. Very fair of them indeed. There has to be a sin in there somewhere. Who is funding them I wonder. Hard to afford a new bus when you are a poor nun. Maybe the evil rich paid for the bus.

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2youngstownsteve(83 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The US Catholic bishops issued a statement that the Ryan-Romney budget is immoral and causes a religion problem. You cannot balance the budget on the backs of the poor.

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3DSquared(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Dear Sisters, Very Simply: Obama-Biden= Pro abortion. Romney-Ryan= Pro Life. Go Reread your Commandments and Vows! 'Nuff Said!

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4walter_sobchak(2587 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

"They have perverted the Christian teaching of charity from a free will gift given out of love, into a mandatory tax requirement to be distributed by government as an entitlement."

Thinker - I have been saying this for some time. Helping the poor should be something you do personally, out of your free will, as a sacrifice! This serves the dual purpose of helping the needy while giving you a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment of Jesus' teachings. But, sticking your hand in my pocket, taking my earnings, and giving it to whom the govt believes is deserving is not charity, it is taxation.

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5SachiD(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

These nuns are driving for faith, family and fairness for the nation’s poor and disenfranchised. Every dollar they raise over costs goes to the social service agencies they visit along their journey. To support these efforts, visit their site http://www.nunsonthebusohio.com/

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6uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Yet another bunch of free loading non profit bums that need their status revoked. The Vatican needs to get these nuns in order or kick them out of the church.

Sister Simone Campbell, who is another nut on the bus was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

Campbell has said she does not know whether abortion should be illegal and that she is uncomfortable calling herself pro-life.

If you aren't pro-life, then you most certainly are pro-death and that has no place in any church.

Worse yet is US Bishops have spoke out against the Obamacare health mandates. But Campbell keeps running in the opposite direction supporting such, without regard for the freedom of religion, mandates being put upon faith organizations and the pecking order in the Church. Perhaps a change to the Unitarian Church is due, ehh sister? Time to ex-communicate her.

Campbell's whole nun trip is about bashing Republicans and that is disallowed. So short sighted, hope on the hope for dopes bus. Get your freebies. Free healthcare, free food, free housing, free Obama phones, etc. What is this socialism?

Giving freely to the "needy" sister isn't the solution to the problem. We need to create self-responsible, well equipped citizens. Show people how to forage for food, how to make needed things themselves. Give them skills and kindle the creative fire in their mind and we'll get much further.

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7uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What in the world is this?

From the nuns own website:

"Sister Simone Campbell — who heads NETWORK, a Catholic policy and lobbying group"

Catholics have an anonymously named lobbyist group? Boy that sure seems to run afoul of separation of church and state as well as non profit laws.


"Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice."

Immigration reform? What is the good Sister's position on immigration compared to the Catholic church's position?

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