Vatican Goes After U.S. Nuns and Women

    Nuns stand near a church during an unveiling ceremony of a statue of the late Pope John Paul II in Sarajevo April 30, 2014. The statue of Pope John Paul II was erected in Sarajevo on Wednesday to honour the man who had permanently called for peace during the Bosnian war of the 1990s, just days after the Vatican proclaimed him as saint of the Roman Catholic Church. The citizens of Sarajevo fondly remember the pope who was among first to recognise the new Bosnian state after it proclaimed independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1992 and visited the destroyed capital soon after the war ended. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) - RTR3N9GG

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    On Monday, the National Catholic Reporter reported that the Vatican rebuked the largest umbrella organization for U.S. nuns for planning to honor Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theologian whose work has been criticized by U.S. bishops for containing “misrepresentations” and doctrinal errors. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was sharply criticized by the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, in a speech that was made public on Monday. He said that after this disagreement, all LCWR honorees must be pre-approved by the Vatican, a reform first proposed under Pope Benedict XVI after an investigation concluded that U.S. nuns were promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” The LCWR would only comment that Mueller’s staff was “respectful and engaging.”

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