“Band of Sisters,” a documentary produced and directed by Notre Dame alumna Mary Fishman, screened at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday and was followed by a panel discussion about the film. The film highlights various groups of nuns across the country and shows their work outside of the physical church after hearing the calls of Vatican II. In the movie, sisters campaign for housing, food sustainability and gardening for the poor. They also work in jails, assuring that inmates had the pastoral care they deserved. Sr. Veronique Wiedower said the film reflects the priorities of Holy Cross sisters at Saint Mary’s. “Although the sisters of the Holy Cross are not specifically singled out in the dialogue of the film, those of you familiar with the sisters, will recognize the sisters’ charisma and ministry in the words and examples of other congregations and visually in the pre-Vatican footage of religious life here on Saint Mary’s campus,” Wiedower said. During the panel discussion, Fishman said she wanted to combat stereotypes about nuns in ” Band of Sisters.” “I wanted to set the record straight,” she said. “… I was inspired by the more than 300 year history of religious sisters and I wanted to inspire other people.” Sr. Betty Moyer, a former campus minister at Saint Mary’s, said she hopes people gain a deeper understanding of human dignity and justice from watching this movie. “[I hope] you feel anger where there is injustice,” Moyer said. Moyer said the documentary portrays well the “real world issues” sisters face in the world outside of the physical church. “We must address ourselves, and involvement in social justice is what this movie calls us to,” Moyer said. “We do not know what He calls us to; [it is] literally a journey into the unknown.” Holy Cross Sr. Elena Malits, professor emerita of religious studies at Saint Mary’s, said sharing personal stories is important among the religious community. “A very wise Holy Cross religious recently told me, ‘Someone’s truth is an invitation to a bigger heart and a bigger mind,’” she said. Malits said interacting with the larger community is also part of their vocation. “That’s really our vocation, to live out that sense of gratitude and sense of participation in this beautiful world, and as I meet these different people and learn different stories, I begin to have a bigger heart and a bigger mind,” Malits said.
The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has removed politician Rieke Diah Pitaloka from her post as House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg) deputy chair amid controversy surrounding the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill proposed by the party.According to PDI-P House faction chairman Utut Adianto, Rieke has been replaced by another PDI-P politician, M. Nurdin, a retired three-star police general. He added that the replacement had been necessary to ensure the smooth deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation as well as the HIP bill.”Soon, Baleg will be overwhelmed with major tasks. The deliberation of the job creation bill is approaching a crucial point. There’s also the HIP bill. Nurdin, with a police general background, is the right person to handle these issues.” Islamic organizations have also called on the House to drop the bill over fears it would trigger the reemergence of the banned communist ideology in the country.Utut added that the party had nothing against Rieke, who was now a member of the House Commission VI overseeing trade, industry and state-owned enterprises.“She has fought hard to this point, but we should take another step.”.When asked for details, Bambang emphasized that Rieke was a competent member of the party who had been involved in the establishment of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) by endorsing the BPJS Law in 2011.Actor-cum-politician Rieke started her political career in 2009 as a lawmaker from the PDI-P. In addition to serving as Baleg deputy chair, Rieke also led the HIP bill’s working committee. The bill was unanimously approved by the House as its initiative and listed as this year’s priority bill during a plenary session on May 12.All factions agreed to discuss the bill, except the Democratic Party. Other factions, such as the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the NasDem Party agreed on the deliberation but noted that the draft bill should refer to a 1966 Provisional People’s Consultative Assembly (MPRS) decree that bans communism as a legal foundation.Topics : Read also: Specter of communism polarizes PDI-P infighting: SourcesPDI-P House faction secretary Bambang Wuryanto echoed Utut, saying that replacing Rieke with Nurdin would improve the composition of PDI-P personnel in Baleg.”We also have a retired military officer, Sturman Panjaitan, who leads the PDI-P team in Baleg,” he said.Both Utut and Bambang denied that replacing Rieke had anything to do with the controversy surrounding the HIP bill. As reported, the House’s plan to deliberate the bill sparked an outcry from scholars and various groups questioning its urgency during the current COVID-19 pandemic while raising concerns that the bill could lead to new interpretations of Pancasila.