Nuns on the Bus protest campaign rolls into Chicago
FPL provided media support for the “Nuns on the Bus” tour
Cheering, clapping and clamoring for photographs, fans have greeted the sisters at almost every campaign stop in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois since their bus tour began its nine-state, 2,700-mile pilgrimage toward Washington.
“It’s good energy,” said Sister Joan McGlinchey, vicar of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Religious. “If I had the time myself, I’d get on the bus with them.”
But the nuns also have encountered less-than-warm welcomes. In Iowa, U.S. Rep. Steve King’s offices were locked when the nuns showed up for a scheduled appointment.
On Wednesday, about 100 supporters cheered and held signs as the four nuns stepped off the bus in Fox Lake, where Walsh’s staff had been instructed by their boss to treat the sisters with respect.
“As an Irish Catholic boy, I always genuflect at a nun,” Walsh said.