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“The Flying Nun,” or the singing nun. No, it’s not Sally Field of the late Sixties sitcom, nor Jeanine Deckers, the Belgian nun who had a pop hit with “Dominique.” The latest group of sisters to cause a flap, or raise their voices is the Leadership Conference of Women Religious which represents about 80 percent of this country’s 57,000 nuns. Whatever they are doing it isn’t making the Vatican happy.

The big boys from across the pond are sending three bishops to lead a complete makeover (sisters wear makeup?) of the nun’s organization. But the good sisters of America are not standing on their habits and have decided they can’t accept the Vatican’s decision. They have sent their president and executive director to Rome for an open discussion. All this scribe can say is good luck and God speed.

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Pony Express or the dreaded snail mail? As this eager scribe is wont to do Sunday mornings I traversed the nearly empty streets of downtown to the post office to mail some bills and check my P.O. box. Alas, after yanking on the door and noticing a letter had been pushed through to drop on the floor, it dawned on me that for the first time in memory the post office doors were locked with no access to the mail slots or the boxes.

I gave notice to at least three other people who had stopped to drop mail or check their boxes. It would have been nice to have known in advance, but, and again, alas, it is a government agency...


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