After a weekend of prayer and reflection here in Sainta Louisia, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of American nunhood, announced that it would not submit to a Vatican-mandated takeover, but would instead seek continued dialogue with Rome over charges that the group's leadership is "radical feminist".
In April, the Vatican issued an 8-page doctrine that was sharply critical of the leadership of LCWR for spending too much time on issues like poverty and social justice, and not enough time condemning homosexuality and abortion, the great mainstays of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Holy See has announced that it will assign a team of bishops to take over the LCWR and realign it with the hard and fast values of the church--a mandate LWCR rejected on Friday, in favor of dialogue with a panel of archbishops.
These "radical feminunzies" have exposed a rift between American Catholics regarding the mission and structure of the Church. St Louis, with its diverse population of 650,000 Catholics, was the perfect staging ground.More »