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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Apostolic Visitation Report Suggests Challenges, Hope for Nuns

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The church's challenge now is to deal with the hurt that erupted when the church's call for visitations seemed to disregard what tens of thousands of nuns accomplished both in the past and today.

Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley Speaks Out On Nuns, Clergy Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley wants the Vatican to move quickly to discipline bishops who helped cover up child sex abuse. The Cardinal’s r...

The Stakes Are High For The Future Of America's Nuns

National Catholic Reporter | Dan Stockman & Dawn Cherie Araujo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion

This piece originally appeared in the National Catholic Reporter As the largest leadership organization for U.S. women religious prepares to gather...

Cardinal Addresses Standoff Between U.S. Nuns And Vatican

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A senior Vatican official on Tuesday (May 20) tried to defuse the damaging rift between the Vatican and U.S. nuns after a recent re...

Cardinal Kasper, 'Pope's Theologian,' Downplays Vatican Crackdown On U.S. Nuns

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The German cardinal who has been called the “pope’s theologian” said fresh Vatican criticism of American nuns was typical of the ...

Cardinal Slams U.S. Nuns For Honoring Feminist Theologian

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents the majority of U.S. nuns, was sharply rebuked by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, pref...

Nuns 'Maintain Hope' In Conversation With Hierachy

Religion News Service | Mark I. Pinksy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) U.S. Catholic nuns — accused by Rome of “radical feminism” for advocating social justice at the expense of issues such as ab...

Pope Francis And The Ongoing Reform Of The Leadership Conference Of Women Religious

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Pope Francis is brand new to his job, and it would have been odd for him, as some may have expected, to essentially undo a process that has been in the works for several years.

Pope Francis Supports Vatican Crackdown On US Nuns

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See's crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming h...

Bishops And American Nuns Hold 'Cordial And Open' Meeting

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Three Catholic bishops met with leaders of the American nuns' group they are tasked with overhauling in an "open and cordial" meeting on Sunday ...

Nunzilla To 'You Go Girl': A Tale Of Sisters

Katherine Marshall | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The LCWR and its members are happy to see their public image shift from a nunzilla model of the stern unbudging nun to the caring teacher, professor, social worker, nurse or hospital administrator.

7 Ways #FreePussyRiot And #NunsOnTheBus Are Alike

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Soraya Chemaly

Whether it's women singing and dancing on altars in religio-political protest or women riding on buses because they can't stand behind them, what's the difference?

We Stand With The Nuns

Emilie Haertsch | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Emilie Haertsch

We will put up with a lot from Rome, but when you start disciplining nuns for carrying out the Gospel message, that's where the American Catholic laity draws the line.

Why Religion Opposes Female Rights

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Popularly floated explanations for clerical opposition to female equality with males are unsatisfying. Most reduce to a single word: conservatism; tradition; family; patriarchy, and so forth.

Vatican Showdown The Latest Chapter In 'Radical Feminist' Catholic Sister's Dramatic Life

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Though she is at the center of one of the biggest crises in the Catholic Church today, Sister Pat Farrell is loath to talk about herself, and ce...

The Franciscan Way To Love The Vatican

Lonnie Ellis, OFS | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Lonnie Ellis, OFS

The table for dialogue and relationship is set by sisters, Franciscans and many other faithful Catholics. Can those at the Vatican respond with some of the graciousness that the bishop of Assisi exhibited to Francis?

Nuns Bus Tour Highlights Need For Renewal

Lauren Petron | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Lauren Petron

Anything that makes more people aware of the sisters' important work is a good thing, and if the upcoming bus tour does that, it will have been successful.

Kalamazooans Protest Vatican's Treatment of Nuns

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 08.19.2012 | Detroit
Olga Bonfiglio

People across the nation have taken to the streets to protest the Vatican's attack on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and show their support for the sisters, according to Nun Justice.

American Nuns Call Vatican Talks 'Difficult'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Relations between the Vatican and the American nuns who are under investigation seem to be worsening after the sisters said Monday (June 18) tha...

You Go, Sisters! Nuns Speak Truth to Power

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

2012-06-14-nuns.JPG Today I'm not worrying. I'm not fretting. Today I'm joyous -- because the nuns are here. Nuns to the rescue!

Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As a rabbi, I am deeply conscious of the transcendent value of religious freedom. I believe that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is indeed one of God's best creations. So I listen with great care to claims it is being violated.

Sister Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I am hopeful that the Sisters going to Rome will let the Vatican know that it is way past time for the male hierarchy to cease seeking to control Roman Catholic women, either lay or religious.

The Nuns Who Once Taught The Bishops Aren't Done Yet

Religion News Service | Mary Johnson | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion

By Mary C. Johnson (RNS) When publicly reprimanded by some of the most powerful men in the Vatican, one is expected to respond, "Yes, Your Excellen...

U.S. Nuns Rip Vatican For 'Unsubstantiated Accusations'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Leaders representing most of the nation's 57,000 Catholic nuns on Friday (June 1) answered a Vatican crackdown on their group by charging that R...

Protesters Back Nuns In Standoff With Vatican

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion

By Stephanie Simon May 23 (Reuters) - In Washington, D.C., and Toledo, Ohio, in upstate New York and in south Texas, protesters have g...