SISTER: To answer your question, Sodom is where they committed acts of homosexuality and bestiality in the Old Testament, and God, infuriated by this, destroyed them all in one fell swoop. Modern day Sodoms are New York City, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Los Angeles… well, basically anywhere where the population is over 50,000. The only reason that God has not destroyed these modern day Sodoms is that Catholic nuns and priests live in these cities, and God does not wish to destroy them. He does, however, give these people body lice and hepatitis.
It’s so hard to know why God allows wickedness to flourish. I guess it’s because God wants man to choose goodness freely of his own free will; sometimes one wonders if free will is worth all the trouble if there’s going to be so much evil and unhappiness, but God knows best, presumably. If it were up to me, I might be tempted to wipe out cities and civilizations, but, luckily for New York and Amsterdam, I’m not God.
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You
Christopher Durang, Volume I: 27 Short Plays