Nuns Shoot Back
The Vatican's poorly worded excoriation of US nuns has drawn fire.
Leaders representing most of the nation's 57,000 Catholic nuns on Friday (June 1) answered a Vatican crackdown on their group by charging that Rome's criticisms of the sisters were "unsubstantiated," caused "scandal and pain" and "greater polarization" in the church.
"Moreover, the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns raised and could compromise their ability to fulfill their mission," the 22-member board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious warned in a statement issued after a special four-day meeting in Washington."
In an interview Friday with the National Catholic Reporter, LCWR president Sr. Pat Farrell, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa said that in raising doctrinal and theological issues the nuns in her organization have also been reflecting a wider conversation among Catholics in the church -- and one that often finds no other outlet in officialdom.
"The insinuation that I think many people could draw from reading that Vatican document is that if we raise those questions, we're unfaithful to the church," Farrell said. "That's not true. And I don't think that's really fair. I think, in fact, that that is a sign of our deepest faithfulness to the church -- questions that the people of God need to raise, that we need to talk about together in a climate of genuine dialogue." (Thous shalt not think out loud)
The the Leadership Conference of Women Religious represent a large group of moderate to liberal leaning nuns in the US while Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious represents a smaller number of more conservative leaning nuns.
The Vatican's position is that nuns are spending far too much time dealing with poverty & issues of social injustice rather than spending their time opposing Burt control, abortion & Marriage equality.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm stunned,Ã¢ÂÂ said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby founded by sisters. Her group was also cited in the Vatican document, along with the Leadership Conference, for focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping Ã¢ÂÂsilentÃ¢ÂÂ on abortion and same-sex marriage.
Too much charity, in other words, and not enough sanctimony. To rectify the imbalance, the Vatican announced it would send three doctrinally secure bishops to overhaul the nuns' policies, reset their hierarchy, approve speakers at their meetings, and generally dictate their behavior for a period of up to five years.
Here is a link that might be useful: Nunsense