In our last episode of the ‘battle of the long dresses and red shoes versus the ladies of the religious’, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which oversees Roman Catholic doctrine, after a three year investigation, put out a report condemning the largest organization representing US Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The Vatican takes the position that the organization pays too much attention to social justice issues and not enough time condemning contraception, abortion and gay marriage. “The report accused members of the LCWR, which represents around 80 percent of the 45,000 nuns in the United States, of “corporate dissent” with the Church’s teachings against homosexuality, and claimed it was pursuing “radical feminist themes.” The Vatican has appointed the Bishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, to oversee LCWR. Considering that all the officers of the organization are nuns and in 1956, the Vatican’s Committee for the Religious requested that an organization such as LCWR be formed, this is actually quite a smack.
Today, the organization responded:
“We haven’t violated any teaching,” Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby (associated with LVWR), told AFP, insisting the group would not stop “caring for the least among us on the margins of society.”… After the report was published, Campbell said it was “painfully obvious” the Vatican leadership was “not used to having educated women form thoughtful opinions and engage in dialogue.”
“We will keep doing our mission,” she insisted in a phone interview Saturday, saying the group was founded to “lobby, organize and educate” in the name of social and economic justice.”
US Nuns Respond