Pope backs report critical of ‘radical feminist’ US nuns


Pope Francis. FILE PHOTO

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has backed a doctrinal report drawn up under his predecessor Benedict XVI that accused the largest group of nuns in the United States of holding “radical feminist” views, the Vatican said in a statement on Monday.

The new pope has “reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform” for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents around 45,000 US nuns and is known for its social work, the Vatican said.

The statement said the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Ludwig Mueller, met with representatives of the LCWR in the Vatican on Monday in an attempt to smooth over differences.

Mueller thanked the group for its work in “many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor” in the US, the statement said.

But he also emphasized the need for the group to cooperate with US bishops and said LCWR was legally “under the direction of the Holy See”.

The Vatican report issued in 2012 following a three-year investigation pointed to “serious doctrinal problems” and “unacceptable positions”.

It appointed the Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, to ensure the group toe the line.

The report accused LCWR members of “dissent” with Church teachings against homosexuality and said they were pursuing “radical feminist themes”.

It condemned LCWR for being “silent on the right to life from conception to natural death”.

The report also said a position stated by LCWR in 1977 against the ordination of priests as a male prerogative “has never been corrected”.

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    IT’S called awakening, renaissance, epiphany…..namulat ang mga mata ng mga “ahente” ng RCCh sa pag-promote ng mga kalakal nito sa mga paaralan at iba pang mga institution. Hinihigpitan sila habang ang naghihigpit ay “nagmamalupit” sa sinasakupan nila sa pamamgitan ng pedopilya at marami pang iba.

    Substantial, meaningful and dramatic reforms must he had in the order or degree that Martin Luther did, else the gradual disintegration will proceed as already manifested by the resignation of Ratzy due to unruly, confused, and ruffled sector of the organization. Again, a good general is one who knows when to retreat.

  • jcsantos

    I believe this is one negative to add to Pope Francis’ accomplishment list in his career for now. However, on a positive note, he is still a major improvement over most popes in history and may serve as a bridge towards an even better, more open-minded pope in the future. I hope such is the path of the catholic church so that it can become more modern and yet adhere to Jesus’ character.

    With Pope Francis already being considered as VERY open-minded, this should allow future cardinals to consider those even more open-minded in the future.

  • Simplify1

    I hope that the pope will also be critical of priest radicals who are into politics!

    • PhilippineSalt

      ? What is wrong with that? How about asking Policians and Government to stay away from the Catholic Beliefs and Practices…. simply, it goes around like that…

      • Simplify1

        ?? Are they in the churches campaigning? Don’t you believe in the separation of church and state?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    radical in catholic parlance is not thinking like you live in the 1600s. Just another nail in the catholic coffin

    • buttones

      It was the addition of that adjective ‘radical’ that caught my eye. You have described it perfectly, in terms of RCC thinking…

  • bgcorg

    There can be a change in the approach, how the Church can change the modern world more effectively according to the teachings of the gospel. But, in essential matters, like life, marriage, the ordination of priests, the Church cannot change. It is a matter of proclaiming the truth according to divine revelation and right reason and here, one cannot always expect that everybody would agree. But, the Church is precisely there: to balance, to present ideal human, moral, spiritual, truly Christian values despite some dangerous currents today, so that the world may know Christ and the Father who sent him into the world to save everybody, even the unbelievers, cynics, sycophants and anti-establishment. Like her teacher and master, the Church is a “sign of contradiction” but the hope of those who would have life. Glancing up at this sign, believers may live, like those Israelites bitten by serpents in the desert. Though our sins be red as crimson, God and his Church on earth are always there to reconcile, save and protect like good shepherds of their flock. Virtue is not characterized by spineless adherence to what is in vogue or trendy, but by how much wisdom, temperance, perseverance and fortitude one habitually exhibits against the odds.

    • Os Guia

      Where do you get these beliefs? These came out of the Middle Ages not from the early century of Christianity, when the Church used fear and the concept of eternal damnation to hold on to people. Those early years are gone forever. Be enlightened. Ever wonder why Catholicism is on the wane world-wide?

  • 2rey3

    Thank you Holy Father!!

    • buttones

      for what exactly?

  • WeAry_Bat

    So, there is no difference between Catholic and Muslim religions in women being second. Like it is not enough proof some women are CEOs, managers and leaders? Women being priests is not possible? Ha.

  • Os Guia

    They are all the same… old and doddering fools, who have outlived their usefulness. This is the age of enlightenment… not the middle ages when Church politics reached its zenith because it did not show the light but instilled fear and oppression (remember the Inquisition). You thought that Francis is different? Well, those hocus-pocus acts he performed after his elevation to the papacy could only make many of us throw up after this latest show of his real skin – no different than his predecessors who wanted to put women in their place, as if they did not have mothers but were born the natural Catholic way, just like Jesus!

  • buttones

    Feminists just seek an equality, in all things, it is no more than that, if women had equality in all things there would be no feminist movement.. That this might irritate the Pope is neither here nor there, it exists and will continue to exist and it’s no use adding ’radical’ to the term either, or any other adjective. And the feminist movement does not support the idea that women are in anyway superior to men, that is ridiculous, in the same way men with an assumption they have this ’superiority’ is equally ridiculous.


      I as a man agree that women are stronger in spirit and intelligence (in terms of life emotions) that is why men kneel and adore women but the fact remains that even if down on his knees begging to be taken IN by freshly bathed lady. The muscle man has power to rape into submission any cold heart lady. To heat her up into clawing kitten. Nature did it so because one must be the leader when real battle comes around. Can a woman be a leader with out the approval of muscled men? Can both be the leader? Not possible!!! even in the world of lions where king lion maintains a harem of lioness. Learn from nature or else men will not kneel anymore but just simply rape the Feminist women.

      • buttones

        I have absolutely no idea what you said, sorry but I don’t.

  • buttones

    Looking at this web page, on one side I have Paris Hilton declaring she’d rather be at the beach in her bikini, and opposite that I have a picture of the Pope… editors please note- the two things don’t actually go together very well……. Or maybe they do? I have no idea……

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