A prominent US Catholic nunsâ€™ group said on Thursday it was â€œstunnedâ€ that the Vatican reprimanded it for spending too much time on poverty and social justice concerns and not enough on abortion and gay marriage.
In a stinging report on Wednesday, the Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had been â€œsilent on the right to lifeâ€ and had failed to make the â€œBiblical view of family life and human sexualityâ€ a central plank in its agenda.
It also reprimanded American nuns for expressing positions on political issues that differed, at times, from views held by American bishops. Public disagreement with the bishops â€” â€œwho are the churchâ€™s authentic teachers of faith and moralsâ€ â€“ is unacceptable, the report said.
Academics who study the church said the Vatican’s move was predictable given Pope Benedict’s conservative views and efforts by Rome to quell internal dissent and curtail autonomy within its ranks. Reuters
The Vaticanâ€™s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a â€œdoctrinal assessmentâ€ saying the Holy See was compelled to intervene with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to correct â€œserious doctrinal problems.â€
The nunsâ€™ group said in a statement on its website, â€œThe presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was stunned by the conclusions of the doctrinal assessment.â€ [More]