07 October 2014

The Outspoken Spanish Nun Who's Made Herself A Political Force

The Outspoken Spanish Nun Who's Made Herself A Political Force (NPR All Things Considered, 24 September 2014)

Excerpt:
It's easy to find Teresa Forcades in the crowd at Barcelona's airport. She's wearing a nun's habit. Sister Forcades is Spain's most famous living nun. She's a medical doctor with a master's degree from Harvard. She's a feminist who's been reprimanded by the Vatican for supporting abortion rights. She's a Benedictine nun in a country where the Catholic Church has historically sided with fascists. And she's hugely popular. Forcades has emerged as one of the leaders of Europe's new left wing. At the height of Spain's economic crisis, she started a new political movement, Proces Constituent, which calls on the Spanish government to leave the eurozone, nationalize all banks and grant freedom to Catalonia — the wealthy, northeast region of Spain from which Forcades hails.

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