Pope Francis orders overhaul of U.S. nuns to continue

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Nearly a year after the Vatican announced a makeover of the largest umbrella group for American nuns, Pope Francis has directed that the overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious continue.


The decision, while not entirely unexpected, could nonetheless bring an end to Francis’ honeymoon with the many American Catholics who had viewed the crackdown on nuns as heavy-handed and unnecessary.

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met on Monday (April 15) with the LCWR’s leadership for the first time since Francis’ election on March 13.

According to a Vatican statement, during a recent discussion of the case with Mueller, Francis “reaffirmed the findings” of the Vatican investigation and the “program of reform” for LCWR that was announced on April 18, 2012.

In what was seen as one of the defining acts of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a “doctrinal assessment” that criticized the LCWR for not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.

Written By: Alessandro Speciale
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    • one of the defining acts of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, … issued a “doctrinal assessment” that criticized the LCWR for not speaking out strongly enough …

      Is that the best pope Bene can do? pathetic!

      • In reply to #8 by old-toy-boy:

        one of the defining acts of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, … issued a “doctrinal assessment” that criticized the LCWR for not speaking out strongly enough …

        Is that the best pope Bene can do? pathetic!

        Oooo, he’s a sly devil – dollars to donuts he knew he was a gonna quit soon. He spun/personalized Harry Truman’s phrase “the buck stops here, not.

  1. crack down on the nuns? yeah right on i didn’t realise they were causing problems but if you say so let’s sort ‘em out once and for all. well done frankie, new broom and all that, cleaning up this dirty old town.. wait wasn’t there something..? no sorry been too efficiently distracted to remember what it was i was going to say..

    SORT OUT THE NUNS!! AND IF THEY DON’T LIKE IT, THEY CAN SHUFFLE OFF TO ANOTHER PARISH…!

    feels good that we’re all coming together to sort out the common enemy doesn’t it?

    now why do i get the nagging feeling i’m missing something…?

  2. Oh, those reckless nuns – reading Buddhism, Maryann Williamson, and trying to keep an open mind about people facing problems and social issues. Who do they think they are lending a hand? They should go back to their room and pray away the gay. This is a man’s job.

  3. From the article

    In what was seen as one of the defining acts of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a “doctrinal assessment” that criticized the LCWR for not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.

    The Vatican also chided the women for “serious doctrinal problems” among many LCWR members, and said LCWR conferences suffered from “a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”

    Good for the nuns I’d say. Miles ahead of their male peers in the RCC.

  4. closed meeting that preceded the conclave

    Talk about a cloister ***k.

    pope’s directed overhaul continue..could bring an end to Francis’ honeymoon with many american catholics

    I can definitely see this. Last year the LCWR got flamed by the vatican. No doubt it smarted, and turned off any number of catholics, esp women. Nuns are a popular fixture on EWTN. As far as not speaking out on said issues, perhaps they are bristling at archaic notions. That is natural!!

  5. LOL. Just received this text from a member of the family – a problem with their Dell computer! :- “Nun sinned fell to god order”. Can any smart RDFr translate this strange ‘virgin’ mob text please? ;) m

  6. Francis is adhering to the male aspect of the name he chose. I knew a Sister Francis in grade school. I assume he doesn’t understand cunnilingus either but, is more than willing to accept the staff of life for the pedophiles the RC church are protecting. All this and he’s still protecting a man wanted for crimes against humanity. We can tell which side his bread is buttered on, so to speak.

  7. Feminist Nuns? FFS doG is slipping up letting this one go I suspect we are due a coded message via tsunami or earthquake anytime now.

    BTW how do you crack down on nuns? Give them hair shirts?

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