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Profile of Philanthropy

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Tags: Sex work, Religion, Prostitution, Sister Mary Soledad Perpinan,

Some religious institutions have been known to take a holier-than-thou attitude toward sex workers. Not Sister Mary Soledad Perpinan, profiled by Sara Friedman in the online magazine Religion Dispatches. Known as Sister Sol, the 70-year-old nun displays a “undeviating long-term commitment to prostitutes, mail-order brides, incest survivors, dancers, bar girls and other exploited women,” writes Friedman. The writer wonders how this radical has managed to escape the ire of the church, but Sister Sol explains it saying, “The key is that they see I am doing what Christ would be doing.”

Bennett Gordon