Rally backs work of US nuns
A lifelong Catholic educated by nuns, Hemmelgarn, of Dayton, Ohio, always figured they would be the last people to need help. After all, she said, they run high schools, colleges, homeless shelters and multimillion-dollar hospital systems.
Yet she and about 100 other Catholics showed up outside St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Downtown with “Support our Sisters” signs to protest what they consider an unjustified Vatican crackdown on women’s religious orders.
The rallies are the latest sign of a deepening divide not only between many American nuns and the Vatican, but also between Catholics struggling to understand why two cherished institutions of their faith are at odds.
The dispute has its roots in the continuing debate over the meaning of the Second Vatican Council, which 50 years ago attempted to define the Catholic Church’s place in the modern world. [More]