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.
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.
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.
February 7, 1993 |
Two Spanish nuns were freed Friday by Muslims who kidnaped them Jan. 17 while they were picnicking on the southern island of Sulu. Sister Julia Forester, 63, and Sister Fatima Uribarren, 33, were flown to Manila, where they said they will not be returning to Sulu and their work among lepers.
May 12, 1985
Why do you sensationalize what 49 women, 40 of whom are ex-nuns, say regarding nuns, thousands of whom go about their wonderful lives of giving service to their fellow human beings, at the same time becoming good, moral people themselves ("Lesbian Nuns Break Their Silence" by Ann Japenga, May 1)? I know nuns. I lived under their jurisdiction in boarding school. I watched the life of my aunt, who was a nun for 50 years. I only wish I could be the saint that she was. The article starts out as if the rule in convents against having "a particular friend" means lesbianism.
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January 11, 1994
In response to "5 Seekers of Good Find Evil," Dec. 26, and "Days of Grace End in Terror," Dec. 27: To the families and friends of the nuns, Sisters Barbara Ann Muttra, Shirley Kolmer, Joel Kolmer, Agnes Mueller and Kathleen McGuire, murdered in Liberia, please accept our deepest regrets and pledge to locate and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of your loved ones. We shall isolate and expose the guilty and let judgment be levied by people of conscience. Today, crimes committed by those hungry for power may be overlooked by the international community, but we refuse to accept criminals as our leaders.