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.
December 6, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian rebels are demanding the release of 1,000 female government detainees in exchange for the freedom of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns being held by opposition forces, according to an account published Friday in a pan-Arab newspaper. The proposed swap indicates that the nuns are now hostages -- contradicting earlier opposition assertions that the sisters were evacuated for their own safety during heavy fighting early this week in Maaloula, a Christian landmark town outside Damascus.
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.
December 28, 2013 |
When the Vatican censured an organization representing thousands of American nuns, it did so in part because the group had not spoken out enough against gay marriage and abortion. The Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had espoused "radical feminist themes," adding, "Issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church's Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching.
June 15, 2012 |
Actress Yvette Wilson, the stand-up comedian and actress best known for her roles on the sitcom "Moesha" and its spinoff, "The Parkers," died Thursday at age 48 after a battle with cervical cancer. Wilson's friend Jeffrey Pittle, who organized a fund to help with her medical bills, confirmed her death to The Times. "She was a fighter to the end, and her talent, humor and amazing friendship will be sorely missed," he wrote on the fund's website. "She will live on through her awesome body of work.
March 25, 1998 |
Rwandan rebels held two Roman Catholic nuns from Spain hostage for a second day Tuesday. Five other nuns, all Rwandans, reportedly were freed. The Rwandan nuns were released Monday, hours after being taken captive by Hutu rebels who attacked a church-run health center in northwestern Rwanda, the private Rwanda News Agency quoted Rwandan military sources as saying. It offered no details.