“Nun on the Bus” gets book deal

Sister Simone Campbell addresses the DNC in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Sister Simone Campbell addresses the DNC in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Another way for nun Simone Campbell to get in trouble! The outspoken leader of last year’s “Nuns on the Bus” tour opposing Paul Ryan budget plans is writing a memoir, reports our colleague Michelle Boorstein. HarperOne announced Thursday that they will publish “A Nun on the Bus” in April; Campbell will be assisted by David Gibson, a journalist for the Religion News Service.The colorful District-based nun, lawyer and social activist has become a folk hero among liberal Catholics — and just plain liberals — scoring appearances at last year’s Democratic National Convention and on “The Colbert Report.” The book will go into more detail about Campbell’s life and the people she met on the road. But it’s unclear how much she’ll dive into the standoff between the Vatican and an organization to which Campbell belongs, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which church leaders have criticized for “serious doctrinal problems” and unorthodox views on female priests and social issues.

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