Pope Says American Nuns Too Focused On Poor, Not Enough On Gay Bashing

The Vatican has turned its fury toward the nation’s largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns accusing them of promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” for questioning the church’s stance on homosexuality and male-only priesthood.

The group was also punished for focusing too much on poverty and economic justice while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage.

The New York Times reports that the Vatican has appointed an American bishop to “rein in” the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements disagreeing with the bishops over their attacks on health care reform.

The conference is an umbrella organization of women’s religious communities with approximately 1500 members who represent 80 percent of the Catholic sisters in the United States. It was formed in 1956 at the Vatican’s request and answers directly to the Vatican.

News of the reprimand took the sisters by surprised. Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby stood strong and insisted the nuns were doing nothing wrong. “I would imagine that it was our health care letter that made them mad,” Sister Campbell said. “We haven’t violated any teaching, we have just been raising questions and interpreting politics.”

Because the nuns had the audacity to challenge Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops they will now be required to pre-clear any speakers or information supplied to the public. It’s part of an ongoing inquisition launched by the Pope into the activities of American nuns and religious communities making it crystal clear that the leadership of the Catholic church believes its faith has no place for women of independent minds.

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Rustam Jekson
Rustam Jekson2 years ago

When Baptists don't lilke their preacher they fire him or start a new church. Hint! Hint! Stand up ladies.

Rita Nicholson
Rita Nicholson2 years ago

Ostromir, having grown up in the Catholic Church and attending Catholic schools (I am an atheist), you are correct that the nuns do most of the hard work when it comes to assisting the poor and education. Unfortunately, religion is all about black and white with no room for shades of grey and total denial that those shades are actually what the reality of life is. Most so called christians are suffering from too much misinterpretation of the Bible and total ignorance about historical time that a particular Biblical passage was written. I blame, in part, the creation of for profit Bible universities where they are passing out divinity degrees to unsuitable individuals (i.e. Pat Robertson,Oral Roberts, etc). I question the intellectual and psychological well-being of these so called divinity degreed individuals who go on to teach their nasty intolerance and ignorance of Biblical passages onto others so their hate continues.

Ostromir Bessalov

Nuns do the hard and necessary work to help combat poverty. Have no idea where in the Bible it states that helping the poor is wrong, doing Christian deeds are wrong-nuns work very long and hard...or that being gay is wrong.

Geoff Price
Past Member 2 years ago

Trash talk

Susan B.
Susan B.2 years ago

The catholic church is just an old boys' club. Religion was invented to control people, especially women and to separate you from your money. They are just a business out to make money off the backs of the poor. The catholic church also wants to control people's sex lives.
The catholic church consists mostly of pedophiles and pedophile protectors. Benedict knew about the pedophiles but did NOTHING. They protect their own.
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Olivia Lim
Olivia Lim2 years ago

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
Go nuns!

Jude Hand
Judith Hand2 years ago

Interesting to come across this article tonight. I have a small bumper sticker on my car that simply says "I Support the Nuns".

Cyan Dickirs
Cyan Dickirs2 years ago

Dale O. The Bible says the words of Jesus regarding the poor "the poor you will have with you always, Come, follow me". regarding the sexes and sexuality," Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?" In another place in the gospels, an apostle talks about unbelievers giving themselves over to lusts of the flesh, burning in lust and men lying with men, unnaturally, which is obvious biologically, and naming all lusts of the flesh, especially unbridled and unnatural sexuality as sin.
The title is misleading and unfactual, as is everything Pielko writes. The pope never said gay bashing. That is a twisted and unsupportable interpretation. We don't know what the nuns actually questioned. Perhaps the Pope was harsh; we don't know. What we do know is Pielko is inflamming and spreading misinformation and hatred and bigotry. If the nuns are of "independent" minds, then they should leave the order and the Church, to which they pledged obedience and faith, and devotion to Christ and his teachings, through the Pope. They should divorce the Church if they don't agree with what they committed to when they took orders. Maybe they should not accept money for their programs and keep from the Church anymore.
That is what I have against the Catholic church-that the Pope is the dispenser/determination of doctrine and intermed

Alexandra Pappano
Allie P.2 years ago

The enormity of the Vatican's sick and twisted crimes against its own followers continues to
leave me nearly speechless with anger and sorrow. Its more than wrong-headed; it is an attack
at the soul level that is agonizing. I stand with the nuns and their loving-care toward others.

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

All i can say is ''One flew over the Cuckoo's nest''. Gotta laugh.