Sister Cecilia Gaudette is an American Catholic nun who is spunky despite her 106 years. She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 25, 1902 — when Republican Teddy Roosevelt was president — and has been living (until recently) in obscurity in a convent in Rome. The last time she voted was in 1952, for Dwight Eisenhower, another Republican. Now she is voting for Barack Obama. Read the Reuters story here and watch the CBS video to find out why.
Not surprisingly, the blogosphere has reacted with both praise and condemnation for Gaudette for backing a candidate who supports abortion rights. Some readers even see the story as a kind of covert media campaigning for Obama. Last month a Roman Catholic with a much higher profile, Archbishop Raymond Burke, a senior American official at the Vatican, caused a stir when he said the Democratic Party risked becoming a “party of death” because of its choices on abortion, embryonic stem cells and other bioethical questions.
With the Obama button on her habit and little American flag in hand, Sister Cecelia seems to be a perfect subject for a nice little story. Is that all this is? Or do you think her critics are right to read much more into this?