You’ve probably been hearing that the Vatican has sharply rebuked the organization that represents roughly 80% of the nuns within the Roman Catholic church, including those serving here in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. This from the Washington Post.
In a stinging report on Wednesday, the Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had been “silent on the right to life” and had failed to make the “Biblical view of family life and human sexuality” 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 U.S. bishops. Public disagreement with the bishops — “who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals” — is unacceptable, the report said.
An archbishop from the West Coast has been charged with “reforming” the organization.
This comes at a time when nuns in the North Country are being asked to serve bigger, more influential roles, due to the shortage of priests.
So what do you think? Have nuns strayed from the path? Is a course correction needed?
Or is this an overreach, and a sign of continuing tensions within the American Roman Catholic church.