Vatican Crackdown: U.S. Nuns Consider Response
The nuns will discuss their next steps in private sessions at the assembly, which starts Tuesday in St. Louis.
“One of our concerns is that questioning is seen as defiance. It’s not healthy as a church,” Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference, said in a phone interview with reporters. “Our intention, our sense of our own fidelity, is that we continue raising and responding to questions according to our own consciences and according to new information arising.”
The Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, began its review of the religious sisters’ organization in 2008, following years of complaints from theological conservatives that the nuns’ group had become secular and political while abandoning traditional faith and ignoring key issues such as abortion. [more]