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Notre Dame to Host “Band of Sisters” Director

The University of Notre Dame will host a screening of the documentary Band of Sisters and host filmmaker Mary Fishman next month.

The event, scheduled for February 21, will be hosted by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.

The documentary focuses on more than a dozen nuns post Vatican II. As The Cardinal Newman Society reported yesterday, the documentary takes a rather unorthodox bent, according to one Catholic writer. It profiles Sister Theresa Kane, who publicly confronted Pope John Paul II over the issue of women’s ordination at a prayer service at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., in 1979. Sister Jenneane Grammick, an advocate of gay “marriage” who has saidthat “lesbian and gay love is as natural as heterosexual love” in her Washington Post piece “A Catholic Case for Same-Sex Marriage” also appears.

Fishman in a podcast with “A Nun’s Life Ministry” said she researched the documentary by reading the heterodox National Catholic Reporter as well as networking with the dissident Catholic organization Call to Action, a group that advocates female ordination. Call to Action showed the film at their annual conference in November.

In that same interview, Fishman credited grants from IHM Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy for making the film possible.

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