American Roman Catholic Nuns And The Vatican

American Roman Catholic Nuns And The Vatican

The Vatican accuses a group of American Roman Catholic nuns of being radical feminists. Their efforts to bring attention to the needs of the poor and the role of women in the church.

In April, the Vatican issued a strong rebuke to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, or LCWR, a group that represents 80 percent of all Roman Catholic nuns in the United States. The Vatican accused the nuns of promoting radical feminism and not doing enough to speak out against abortion and gay marriage. This week, a LCWR delegation met in Rome with Vatican doctrinal officials, but little was resolved. Many Catholics agree with the Vatican's position. But the LCWR and affiliated groups say since the rebuke they've experienced a groundswell of support for their activism and efforts to help the poor. Diane and her guests discuss the dispute and the role of women in the Catholic Church.

Guests

Maureen Fiedler

host of public radio's Interfaith Voices and Sister of Loretto.

John Allen

senior correspondent, National Catholic Reporter; author of "Conclave" and "All the Pope's Men."

Stephen White

fellow in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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