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Nuns Reject Vatican Takeover but Seek Dialogue on Differences

posted on August 13, 2012

Religion News Service’s David Gibson writes that during its meeting in St. Louis last week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) “rejected Rome’s plans to recast the group in a more conservative mold, but declined–for now–to respond with an ultimatum that could have created an unprecedented schism between the sisters and the hierarchy.” In April, the Vatican chastised the LCWR for promoting what the Catholic hierarchy described as “radical feminism.” The Vatican also assigned a team of bishops with the task of making sure that the American Catholic nuns, as Gibson explains it, “hew more closely and publicly to orthodox teachings on sexuality and theology.”

Read at Religion News Service