Media coverage of July 9th's chapel dedication

Here's a recap of the various media stories, local and national, that yesterday's chapel dedication in Columbia garnered:


Frank Kummer at Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14:

"On July 7, Judge Jeffrey Schmehl agreed that the condemnation could continue, but set aside the question of when it would occur for Monday’s hearing."

Mike Argento at York Daily Record, July 14:

"It's a simple chapel. 'It fits us,' said Sister George Ann Biscan of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, which owns the land. 'We live simple lifestyles.'" 

Charles P. Pierce at Esquire on July 13:

"Nuns, man. Nuns get the job done." And to Williams?: "Good luck with that footage, gang."

Interview with Malinda Clatterbuck with Pacifica radio's BradCast with Brad Friedman:

"the harm that they are proposing to do, not just to Lancaster County, but to the whole extension of Central Pennsylvania with this pipeline, would be violating the waterways --- 380-some waterways --- this pipeline would be crossing. And it would be going through more than 250 wetlands. And permanently fragmenting over 44 deep forests."

Auditi Guha at Rewire, July 12:

“'I feel like we have really strong community support. There are a lot of people who feel like this pipeline is an injustice,' Clatterbuck, associate pastor of the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster and a board member of the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, told Rewire."

James Gaines at Upworthy, July 13:

"It's not clear whether the nuns' efforts will have an effect, but you've got to hand it to them — it's an audacious move."

Abigail Bechtel at Grist, July 10:

Titled, "Second to nun." "Its path goes through lands belonging to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order of Catholic nuns. The sisters are not having it."

Antonia Blumberg at HuffPo, July 10:

“'This is very much in keeping with who we are as religious women and follows our conviction,' Sister Sara Dwyer, a member of the Adorers who gave an invocation at Sunday’s ceremony, told HuffPost."

Rose Marie Berger and Heidi Thompson at Sojourners, July 11:

“'If completed, it will go through more than 350 waterways, 220 wetlands and would permanently fragment over 44 interior forests,' said Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck, a local Mennonite pastor and cofounder of Lancaster Against Pipelines. '… We believe the collective damage to the Susquehanna watershed (and therefore the Chesapeake Bay) is irreparable, and that the state needs to intervene for the future of clean water and clean waterways in Pennsylvania.'”

Amanda Watts and Paige Levin at CNN, from Saturday, July 8:

"[The dedication] will culminate in a reading of the Adorers' land ethic, which guides the sisters to 'revere Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.'"

From Karen Feridun at Huffington Post:

"The Sisters of Loretto led the congregants in the singing of Amazing Grace. A video of the nuns singing the hymn at a Bluegrass pipeline open house in 2013 became an internet sensation after it was spotted by Mother Jones."

Ashley Honae at CBS 21 (with video):

To correct a point in Honae's reporting: the sisters don't want the pipeline to move "elsewhere." They have no such wishes for their neighbors. They want Williams to end plans to build the pipeline anywhere. "The sisters have invited anyone to gather at their chapel at any time for prayer or reflection, hoping the company will hit a moral wall and perhaps continue the pipeline's path elsewhere."

From Jane Holihan at LancasterOnline:

“'This is a holy cornfield,' Mark Clatterbuck, founder of Lancaster Against Pipelines, told a crowd of approximately 300 people Sunday afternoon."

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins at Global Sister Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter, from July 7:

Don't miss this astounding spin--concern for the "economically disadvantaged"?!--from Williams's spokesperson, Chris Stockton, to GSR: "'We have tremendous respect for the Church and its strong history of social tradition, which include the fight against poverty and being a good steward of the environment,' he wrote. 'Access to inexpensive, domestic natural gas is a huge benefit to all people, especially the economically disadvantaged. Sufficient access to affordable natural gas supplies keeps our energy costs low and supports thousands of good-paying jobs.'"

Steve Marroni at PennLive (with video, too):

"On Friday, the judge ruled that Williams had the right to seize the land through eminent domain but he held off that process until a hearing scheduled July 17 can take place."

Lacey Cook at Inhabitat:

"They’re protesting the pipeline in a unique way by building an open-air chapel for people to visit and reflect on 'just and holy uses of land.'”

Lorraine Chow at EcoWatch:

"The hope is that the structure can draw people to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land."

Ray Downs at United Press International:

"'While the Adorers understand that the federal court order of eminent domain, once it goes into effect, can allow Transco to call for the removal of the 'chapel' from the easement, they believe that having this structure on their land, for however long, gives tangible witness to the sacredness of Earth, the nuns said."

RT on July 8:

"The nuns’ attorney argued in court that seizing the land was a direct violation of the nuns’ right to free speech, religion and assembly."

Karen Feridun at Daily Kos:

"The sisters in Lancaster County, along with the grassroots group Lancaster Against Pipelines that constructed the chapel, have much more than the natural beauty of the location on their minds and in their hearts as they vow to keep fighting. Speakers at yesterday’s dedication talked about the need to care for our common home, quoting the phrase Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical on climate change. They talked about keeping communities safe and protecting forests, farm fields, streams, creeks, and the ecosystems unique to each."


Image: Andy Blackburn for LancasterOnline.