My Response: This comment shows that Pope Francis is clueless about women, in general, and nuns in particular. Instead of jokingly referring to gossiping nuns and comparing them to terrorists, Pope Francis should have expressed deep gratitude to the nuns for the years of selfless service they have given to the people of God, asked for forgiveness for the centuries of male hierarchical misogyny and sexism in the Catholic Church and charted a path toward full equality including ordination to the diaconate and priesthood. ,Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org, email@example.com
"Pope Francis compared gossiping nuns with terrorists during his South American tour stop in Lima on Sunday.
The pope took a moderate tone, and the nuns he was addressing laughed as he spoke. But the pontiff was serious about his message, and has referred to gossip as terrorism a number of times in the past. It appeared to be the first time, however, that he has called people who gossip terrorists.
“Do you know what a nun who gossips is?” the pope asked as he spoke to 500 cloistered nuns at the historic Church of the Nazarenas.
“A terrorist,” he answered. “Because gossip is like a bomb. One throws it, it causes destruction and one calmly walks away.”
He added: “No terrorist sisters! The best remedy is to bite your tongue. Don’t gossip in the convent because that will inspire the devil.”
Francis also said that gossiping nuns were worse than the “terrorists of Ayacucho,” again drawing laughter. The Maoist Shining Path guerrillas centered at Ayacucho in the 1980s and 1990s were linked to the killing and disappearance of tens of thousands of Peruvians.
The comments drew criticism from a newspaper editor, who said sex abuse by Catholic priests seemed more akin to terrorism than gossip, Reuters reported."