The organization that groups will be amended by the Vatican, because they take liberal positions on issues of sexuality
The main umbrella organization of American Catholic nuns said yesterday that the Vatican ordered the restructuring of the group is based on unfounded claims of a failed investigation that has caused “outrage and pain” to believers .
A group of nuns responded to accusations from the Vatican to take too liberal positions on issues of sexuality, arguing that these claims were “baseless” and arose from “a flawed process.”
The National Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), representing 57 000 nuns, said it will raise its concerns to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican, in a meeting scheduled for June 12 in Rome.
In April, the Vatican agency completed an investigation of more than two years with the conclusion that the group suffered from “serious doctrinal issues,” including taking positions that undermine Catholic teaching on the priesthood exclusively male, marriage and homosexuality.
The national board of the religious group released the statement, the first since the Holy See ordered the restructuring, after a three-day meeting.
“Members of the board concluded that the assessment was based in accusations unfounded and as a result from a faulty process devoid of transparency,” said the LCWR. “In addition, the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns raised and could compromise their ability to carry out its mission.”
The rebuke from the Vatican sparked a wave of demonstrations of support for the nuns. Were held vigils, protests and prayer days in defense of the nuns in several parts of the country, even against the Holy See Embassy in Washington D.C.
“The report has caused outrage and pain throughout the church community and has created greater polarization,” said the joint.
John Allen, a leading Vatican analysts on CNN American chain, said the report of the Vatican has decreed that, basically, the LCWR “needs a revision which will have a closer relationship with the bishops.”
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