By Peggy Hayes, Dignity/Boston
On a hot Saturday morning, the Nuns on the Bus greeted a crowd of more than 150 people on the lawn of Boston College High School, as part of their 23-city tour to advocate for greater commitment to social justice by elected officials and voters alike.
Dignity/Boston members greeted the nuns, including Sister Simone Campbell, a keynote speaker at DignityUSA’s Seattle Convention in 2015, and executive director of NETWORK, the organization representing women religious that runs the bus tour.
“I believe one of the biggest problems of our time is we haven’t talked to each other,” Campbell told the Boston Globe. “We haven’t heard the anguish of our people.”
That anguish Campbell and other speakers discussed spanned the struggles of minimum wage workers without predictable schedules or sick leave; unemployment; failing schools; the widening gap between the rich and poor; and exposure to environmental dangers for agricultural workers. Campbell also noted the proximity of the bus stop tour, just across the street from the Boston Globe, which reported extensively on the sexual abuse of children by priests, and efforts by Catholic officials to keep the abuse secret. Campbell and other speakers noted the intersection of these issues, particularly in the political sphere where the concerns of the most vulnerable members of society are least heard.
With chapter banner in hand, Dignity/Boston members met others in the crowd who are also engaged in social justice and church reform efforts, and heard several times, “We’re glad Dignity is here.”