American Nuns Push Back Against Rome

Do not mess with the nuns.

The group that represents Catholic sisters in the United States indicated it would challenge Vatican attempts to pull its doctrine closer to Rome and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a statement, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said it would send a high-level delegation to Rome on June 12 to meet with senior Vatican officials over the dispute.

The announcement came after a three day meeting was convened to address the Holy See’s decree that American nuns were having “serious doctrinal problems” by focusing too much on issues of poverty and social justice and not enough of lobbying against contraception and gay rights. “Board members concluded that the assessment was based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency,” the conference’s statement said. “The report has furthermore caused scandal and pain throughout the church community, and created greater polarization.”

Disgraced former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, who fled to U.S. to evade responsibility for his role in enabling and supporting pedophiles throughout Catholic parishes for decades, was among those leading the attacks on the nuns. He can’t be happy about their refusal to simply sit down and shut up like directed.

This is an encouraging, though not surprising development in the battle between American Catholic sisters and the Vatican. Some of my first introductions to feminism and social justice came from the sisterhood. This is one fight the Vatican may want to reconsider.

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Photo from John Picken via flickr.


Ruth R.
Ruth R5 years ago

Good for the those who speak the truth in love, and may God bless them. Persecuted by their own for doign the right thing in the sight of God and man -- is that good?

Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago

Good for them. When we are not allowed to question bad things happen.

Judith Hand
Judith Hand5 years ago

For the sake of these nuns, I'd hope that our present Pope has the heart of the last, John Paul, who put the Gospel before politics.

John Z.
John Z5 years ago


that's "I'm with the Pope! God Bless the Pope."

I must have been thinking of our beloved late John Paul the Great!

John Z.
John Z5 years ago

I'm with the Pole! God Bless the Pope.

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

Just shows that some women are smarter than some men in skirts.

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

Roger M, said:

"Matter of interest, that looks very much like lager on that table.

Surely not."

With a "Holy Father" like this one, I don't blame them for drinking. Besides, beer is a wonderful gift from God. Is there any doubt?

Roger Monk
Past Member 5 years ago

Matter of interest, that looks very much like lager on that table.

Surely not.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago

My vote is with the nuns

Kelly Rogers5 years ago

You go girls. Remember The Living Christ pushed against the religious power too