I highly doubt that much sex is going on in the Convent.First off, there's the whole "going against their vows" shtick. If sex were happening, it'd be really hard to conceal.Reed spent five years researching the lives of nuns around the United States. Reed experienced in Ellisville sounds like something involving Halloween, that spooky night before All Saints Day, a Roman Catholic holy day. " 'Yeah,' I said, wondering what kind of preparation she needed.Actually, Reed's account is merely the beginning of a chapter in a book about Catholic sisters - "Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns" - by the award-winning Chicago Sun-Times reporter and a former fundamentalist Protestant. "With a quick thrust, Mother Superior (who turned out to be a former American Airlines flight attendant) opened the curtains to reveal a steel grille.
The Halloween moment, according to her book, occurred this way: "Faint voices float from behind the faded drapes that separate the nuns' portion of their parlor from their visitors . Interestingly, Reed's visit here was initially a Vogue magazine assignment, with the editor hoping that she would write a light-hearted fashion story "about this silly dress," Reed said, referring to the traditional habits, nunnery clothing styles dating back centuries; very medieval.
Now for the caveats- for one, she wasn't a nun at the time and for another she probably still hasn't taken final vows.
She was on her way to becoming a cloistered Carmelite nun last time we talked. We went to Mass every day, prayed the Rosary AT LEAST once a day.
"When they saw my story, and saw that these women were really serious, they didn't use it." So now, the Passionist story is the third chapter of her book.
In "Unveiled," there are even nuns who go to federal prison for demonstrating against such agencies as the U. Army's School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga., now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
A recent front-page story in the Post-Dispatch focused on Cynthia Brinkman, 67, a School Sisters of Notre Dame nun who lives in southern Missouri and directs a shelter for battered women.