Saturday 23 September 2017

Vatican gets tough with 'too feminist' group of US nuns

Philip Pullella in Vatican City

THE Vatican yesterday sternly told leaders of American nuns who were accused of being too feminist and politicised that their group "remains under the supreme direction of the Holy See".

The nuns, who requested a meeting with doctrinal officials over the accusations, said they would go back to the US to decide their next move.

"We had open dialogue," said Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), after the meeting with Cardinal William Levada.

In April, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Cardinal Levada heads, issued a blistering report on the LCWR, which represents some 80pc of the more than 60,000 American Catholic nuns.

The assessment was issued after a Vatican investigation determined the LCWR had "serious doctrinal problems" and promoted "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith".

A Vatican statement said the meeting provided the opportunity to "discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal assessment in an atmosphere of openness and cordiality".

But the statement sternly reminded the nuns that the LCWR "remains under the supreme direction of the Holy See".

Irish Independent

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