Feb 022007

Apparently there’s a group of nuns in hiding after their knitting business went bust; they are even said to have mortgaged a monastery to finance their efforts to keep up with the latest fashions in knitting design. More on the story in Nuns on the Run (link from whip up).

On first reading it’s funny; then I found it sad that their attempt to (I assume) give the monastery a sound financial footing went so astray. So often these attempts by monasteries to finance themselves by selling wine, beer, or other comestibles is lauded to the hilt – were these women pressured to replicate those successes? It’s no surprise if monastery businesses fail just like other businesses do, of course, but somehow I suspect the consequences are different.

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