06/19/2012 01:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kalamazooans Protest Vatican's Treatment of Nuns

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.

On Sunday, June 10, 40 people from Kalamazoo, Michigan, gathered at St. Augustine Cathedral to join them.

The Catholic Church charged the LCWR of "serious doctrinal problems" by being too tolerant of homosexuality, too silent in opposing abortion and contraception and too amenable to "radical feminist themes" regarded as incompatible with Church teaching.

The LCWR represents 80 percent of the 57,000 nuns in the United States. The Vatican ordered the group to place itself under the authority of Seattle's archbishop, J. Peter Sartain.

Video: Vigil to Support the Nuns -- Part I

Vigil participants asked Mass attendees to sign a "thank you" to support the sisters they have known and loved. The video includes conversations with some of the parishioners.

Video: Fr. Ted Discusses the Issue -- Part II

Here is a second video includes an exclusive conversation between Kim Franke and newly ordained priest Fr. Ted Martin. He had just finished celebrating Mass when he discovered the demonstration outside the Cathedral. The conversation was joined by MLive reporter, Julie Mack, and various participants at the vigil.

Video: Nun Supporters Tell It All -- Part III

This video captures comments by some of the demonstrators.

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