Some “Activist” Nuns Do Good Stuff

Usually, I’m not in favor of religious doing activism. The idea is supposed to be that religious, priests, and deacons prod the local lay community into doing stuff, and support them in a background way once they get going. The real job is supposed to be charity, not holding signs.

OTOH, it would seem that Sister Christine Frost, MBE, a Catholic sister from the Jesuit-related order* of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, does seem to do some good works for UK poor people living in those creepy public housing developments in London. Her main job is a friendship and help charity called Neighbours in Poplar, doing things like running lunches and bingo entertainment for the elderly. The charity serves people of all faiths, although it’s run out of a community center that used to be the East India Company’s Anglican chapel. She’s been at this for over 45 years.

She also runs a housing rights group called SPLASH that includes a youth activities and development group called SPLASH Youth, designed to keep poor kids out of trouble. So as a hobby, she basically annoys the heck out of the local government every time they overstep their bounds and start prohibiting laundry lines or confiscating kids’ bicycles.

According to International Business Times, which isn’t exactly land o’ hippie news. (Although the Tower Hamlets area is right next to all the big new wharf area skyscrapers, so you can see why big business might pay attention to their neighbors’ doings.)

So yep, the sister saw the ISIS flag up and the sister took it down, matter of factly, like the sisters of old. Heh.

Sister was in the news back in 2010 when she reported some really nasty anti-Christmas, pro-Islam posters being hung in the area.

Here is what Sister does at Christmas: organize “befrienders” to make sure nobody celebrates Christmas alone unless they want to, and everyone who wants presents gets some.

(And yes, it does seem that however “liberal” Pope Francis seems to the rest of the world, it’s an odd fact that a lot of Jesuit groups seem to be becoming more old school, more like Jesuits, after the first flap of weirdness. Given the bond that Jesuits are always supposed to have with the Pope, and that one of the Pope’s main jobs is always to “strengthen the brethren,” this really may be one of those mystical things that the Lord is deploying. I mean, He went to a lot of trouble to get the Jesuits started and to bring them back after getting dissolved, so I doubt He wants to lose them now.)

* Any time you get a really successful new order or rule or spirituality model, other people are going to pick it up. Often these groups are descended from the parent group or affiliated with it formally. But if they have approval from higher authority, they can be on their own, too. (And it’s easier to get an old Rule approved than a brand new one.) For historical reasons, the Jesuits don’t have any female versions of their order affiliated with them. (This is unusual in the Church. If you want to know more about it, look up Jacoba, an early friend and supporter of the Jesuits who was also kinda annoying.) But as you can see, there are other groups that use some of their setup.

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  1. And yes, it does seem that however “liberal” Pope Francis seems to the rest of the world, it’s an odd fact that a lot of Jesuit groups seem to be becoming more old school, more like Jesuits, after the first flap of weirdness.

    Which is YAY for those who were shocked to find the modern reality after extensive exposure to the old stuff.

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