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New Pope Continues fight against American Nuns

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Pope Francis reiterates 'radical feminist' criticism of US nuns' group

Max Rossi / Reuters

Pope Francis, shown Sunday, reaffirmed the church's official criticism of the group representing most U.S. nuns as having 'radical feminist' doctrine.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican's criticism of a body that represents U.S. nuns that the Church said was tainted by "radical" feminism, dashing hopes that he might take a softer stand with the sisters.

Francis's predecessor, Benedict, decreed that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, must change its ways, a ruling that the Vatican said on Monday still applied.

Last year, a Vatican report said the LCWR had "serious doctrinal problems" and promoted "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith," criticizing it for taking a soft line on issues such as birth control and homosexuality.

The nuns received wide support among American Catholics, particularly on the liberal wing of the church, as LCWR leaders travelled around the United States in a bus to defend themselves against the accusations.

On Monday the group's leaders met Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the new head of the Vatican's doctrinal department, and Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, who has been assigned by the Vatican to correct the group's perceived failings.

"Archbishop Mueller informed the (LCWR) presidency that he had recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform, " the Vatican's statement said.

The Vatican reminded the group that it would "remain under the direction of the Holy See," the statement said.

It was the nuns' first meeting with Mueller, who succeeded American Cardinal William Levada as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Levada, who retired last year, oversaw the Vatican's investigation of the U.S. nuns.

A statement from the LCWR said the "conversation was open and frank" and added: "We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the Church."

In April 2012, the doctrinal department criticized the LCWR for challenging bishops and for being "silent on the right to life," saying it had failed to make the "Biblical view of family life and human sexuality" a central plank of its agenda.

The nuns supported President Barack Obama's health-care reform, part of which makes insurance coverage of birth control mandatory, while U.S. bishops opposed it.

Many nuns said the Vatican's report misunderstood their intentions and undervalued their work for social justice.

Supporters of the nuns said the women had helped the image of the church in the United States at a time when it was engulfed in scandal over sexual abuse of minors by priests. They were praised by many fellow Catholics and the media for their work with the poor and sick.

Monday's Vatican statement expressed gratitude for the "great contribution" American Catholic nuns had made in teaching and caring for the sick and poor.

Neon Washable Paint

by on Apr. 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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All hail the men while we continue to push women down. 


NWP
by guerrilla girl on Apr. 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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Girls who don't do what they are told by the man in charge are radical feminists who need punishing.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

All hail the men while we continue to push women down. 



Neon Washable Paint

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM


Quoting NWP:

Girls who don't do what they are told by the man in charge are radical feminists who need punishing.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

All hail the men while we continue to push women down. 



Apparently.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Apr. 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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Just a what if, but what happens to the Catholic Church in the US if 80% of the nuns left the church? How many nuns are there in the world?
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Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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I just will never understand how any woman could have so little self respect as to remain a part of the Roman Catholic church.

It is unfathomable. 

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM
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Are we really surprised by this?
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VeronicaTex
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 4:36 AM

For all you haters, and there are quite a few on this post, you would need to understand, first of all, the Catholic Church.

Very few of you do:  it is evident by your callous remarks.

To understand the Papacy, you need to understand that Jesus chose men to be his apostles: Peter being the first Pope, to now Pope Francis: Men.

I now want to focus on women:  specifically nuns:  they take vows to be brides of Jesus, so to speak.

That means, they are subject to the authority of Rome.

What these particular women have done is to upset the balance, of what Jesus actually instituted.

This group is being defiant.

No one will deny that to help the poor is being useful and necessary.

However, this group is using it as an excuse to push their own agenda:  which includes birth control and homosexuality.

It is no surprise that "80% of the 57,000 nuns in the United States support this movement.

It is a sign of the times....a decline in morals and the rise of liberalism that has swept this nation, supported by the Liberal Democratic administrations of this country.

You truly would have to be a Roman Catholic, understanding how the Catholic Church on earth was begun by Jesus Christ to understand the severity of this situation.

I agree totally with the Pope.

Pope Francis is obviously a Pope whom was elected by men who prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this papal election.

They did NOT select this particular Pope on the basis of what the people of the world might be clamoring for, but on the basis of what God wants for a leader in the Catholic Church.

Veronica 


smurfbitebug
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 4:49 AM
Hmm.. can someone explain to me why there even is a pope?
I'm afraid the catholic religion is a religion I don't fully understand.
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rfurlongg
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:08 AM
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Bump.

Quoting NWP:

I would not describe the number of women joining convents in the U.S. as "flourishing". From my understanding, the number has been declining steeply since the 1960s. Do you have a source?

Quoting 12hellokitty:


There is very little Catholic regarding the leadership of the LCWR.  And no they don't represent the views of 80% of US women religious.  The numbers of women joining the orders espousing radical feminism are dwindling, while the number of women joining orders faithful to the Magisterium are flourishing.


Quoting NWP:

You do understand what redirect means? The nuns have a stated mission they have been doing for 40 years. They are educated and biblical scholars in their own right.

That said, I understand from your previous posts your problem with them. This is a political issue more than one of faith.






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VeronicaTex
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:14 AM

This is Scriptual:

Jesus first says to Peter in the book of Matthew 16: 13-20  "You are Peter and upon this Rock I will build my Church and the nether world shall not prevail against it" .

Then if you would read in the New Testament, John 21: 15-19,  where Jesus asks Peter:  "Do you love me, Peter? " three times, with Peter answering "You know I do" , with Jesus answering "Then feed my sheep", that is where the Papacy begins.

Veronica-Roman Catholic


Quoting smurfbitebug:

Hmm.. can someone explain to me why there even is a pope?
I'm afraid the catholic religion is a religion I don't fully understand.


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