This may be the most disturbing thing you read all day.

A Catholic nun said that the defeat in the Senate of the pro-life Nelson amendment on the feast of the Immaculate Conception was “providential” and that Mary was the first woman in the bible to express “choice.”

As you have probably heard by now the Nelson amendment to the health-care bill, which would have restricted federal funds from being used to fund abortions, has been defeated 54-45. This should be a sad day for all Catholics, but it is not.

In fact, one Catholic nun is downright giddy over the defeat. Sister Donna Quinn is pro-choice. In fact she was rebuked by her order for escorting women into abortion clinics. That is horrible enough. But what she had to say about the defeat of the Nelson amendment on the feast of the Immaculate Conception is monstrous.

On the day the church honors the Immaculate Conception, or conception of the Virgin Mary, Quinn sent a thank you note to those who lobbied their senators to vote against the Nelson-Hatch Amendment, which lost in a 54-45 Senate vote earlier today.

“The Amendment lost today but now the work will be to take this Bill and come out with the same good news when the Senate and House work together,” Quinn said.

Citing a poem about the Virgin Mary, Quinn noted the providential date of the amendment’s defeat.

“I was reminded of being with men and women from the Unitarian faith tradition last year as they celebrated Mary who by her [ascent], they believed, was one of the first women in the New Testament to express Choice,” Quinn said.

These outrageous comments should draw the attention of her superiors in the Dominicans and of her Bishop. These comments are not only a direct affront to life but an affront to all that Christians hold dear. To suggest in any way that the defeat of this amendment on the feast of the Immaculate Conception is “providential” is simply depraved. To compare Mary’s fiat, her acceptance of God’s will, to the “choice” to kill one’s own child is even more horrible.

Donna Quinn should not be allowed to represent herself as Catholic in any way.

To express your outrage you can contact:

Cardinal Francis George
Office of the Archbishop
Archdiocese of Chicago
PO Box 1979
Chicago, IL. 60690-1979
Phone: 312-534-8230

Sr. Patricia Mulcahey, OP
Prioress – Sinsinawa Dominicans