Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Washington Post reports American nuns are about to get lashed by the Vatican for not being adequately anti-gay.
Pope Benedict XVI launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America’s 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against same-sex marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.
Rome also dissed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) over sponsoring conferences that featured “a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”
The Vatican’s disciplinary action against the LCWR was announced on Wednesday (April 18), one day before Pope Benedict XVI marked seven years as pontiff.
In many ways, the Vatican’s actions against the LCWR encapsulated the kind of hard line many expected and received from Benedict — the Vatican’s former doctrinal czar when he was elected in 2005.
The directive, which follows a two-year investigation by the Vatican, also comes as Pope Benedict XVI appeared ready to welcome a controversial right-wing splinter group of Catholic traditionalists back into the fold, possibly by giving the group special status so that they can continue to espouse their old-line rites and beliefs.