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(RNS) Author Maureen Sabine sheds light on the paradox of having charismatic and photogenic actresses playing chaste nuns.


  1. As a lay sister in a religious order myself, I have to disagree with author Maureen Sabine about “Sister Act.” After all, Christian tradition holds that all baptized believers are saints, and we are all reformed sinners. By the end of the first movie, Deloris Van Cartier AKA Sister Mary Clarence was described by the Reverend Mother as “a model of goodness, charity and love.” Those saintly qualities are available to all repentant believers, no matter what their sins. One does not don saintliness by putting on a habit (else I would not qualify to wear mine!). I believe the good professor’s scholarly lens may need a spot of cleaning in this regard.