June 12, 2012 |
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert came to the defense of one of the most controversial activist groups in America: Catholic nuns. In recent months, the Vatican has made an effort to rein in religious women whose practices subvert or otherwise deviate from official church doctrine. The crackdown began back in April, when the Vatican issued a report criticizing the largest organization of nuns in the United States for promoting “radical...
June 8, 2012 |
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June 7, 2012
Re "Nuns reject Vatican criticism," June 2 Perhaps the sisters of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious judged that abortion and gay marriage were already getting a great deal of attention from American Catholic bishops, so they could concentrate on other issues that are also part of the church's social moral teaching, such as human trafficking, domestic abuse, capital punishment and access to healthcare. But they have also been listening to discussions about what the Vatican considers "radical feminist themes," the third rail in the Vatican's agenda.
June 4, 2012 |
An American nun's book on sex has put Catholics at risk of “grave harm,” the Catholic Church announced Monday. Why? She thought masturbating was OK, that being gay was OK and divorce was sometimes OK. This round of controversy actually started in 2006, when Sister Margaret Farley released “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.” Farley, a longtime theologian, has long kept company with controversy within the...
June 1, 2012 |
When the Vatican released a scathing report in April excoriating a group that represents the majority of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States for deviating from church doctrine, the group kept mum. The report included a slew of positive and negative comments about the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the group called out by the Vatican for promoting “radical feminist themes.” Still, the sisters were quiet. Until now. In a statement released Friday, the conference's board of directors said the doctrinal assessment released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the church's enforcer of orthodoxy - was “based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency.” The board members met this week to discuss the assessment, which accused the conference of deviating from church doctrine, such as opposing male-only ordination.
May 17, 2012 |
Sister Simone Campbell doesn't wear a habit. A nun for more than 40 years and an attorney for 35, the executive director of a Roman Catholic social justice lobby called Network doesn't feel she should wear one. Her voice mail refers to her simply as "Simone," and she hasn't worn the long, gray dress habit since her early days as a nun. Such an approach doesn't sit well with some Catholics. "Love the traditional nun ... I really would like to see the habit back," Patricia Earp, a Catholic, said on Twitter.
April 27, 2012
Re "Sisters of mercy and dismay," Column, April 22 Steve Lopez got it right. It's all about the Vatican letting those nuns know who's in charge - and it's not Jesus. I was a member of the Immaculate Heart Community of Los Angeles in the 1960s during the Vatican Council's call for renewal of religious life. We studied the documents and voted on the direction the community should go. All the while, Cardinal James Francis McIntyre, L.A.'s archbishop at the time, used every power he had to crush the community's efforts.
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April 21, 2012 |
In Philadelphia last week, a child sexual abuse trial involving Catholic clergy led to a bombshell - a bishop from West Virginia was accused of abuse. In Kansas City, a Catholic bishop goes on trial in September, accused of failing to report suspected child abuse. Last year church officials paid $144 million to settle abuse allegations and cover legal bills, and although many of the cases went back decades, church auditors have warned of "growing complacency" about protecting children today.
April 20, 2012 |
Catholic liberals in the United States are making much of an interesting juxtaposition in Vatican initiatives. This week the Holy See lashed out at American nuns for insufficient fidelity to church teachings while making encouraging sounds about welcoming back a right-wing breakaway movement called the Society of St. Pius X. As one commenter on the National Catholic Reporter website put it: "The timing of it all is nothing less than stunning!...
April 19, 2012 |
The Vatican has ordered an overhaul of the most important group of nuns in the United States after an investigation found what Roman Catholic Church officials called "radical feminist themes" that questioned official positions on homosexuality and the ordination of women. In a bluntly worded report, the Vatican's watchdog of orthodoxy, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, found what it called "serious doctrinal problems" with some of the comments and actions by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, based in Silver Spring, Md. The Vatican on Wednesday named Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle to oversee changes in the group, a process that could take up to five years.