American Nuns, Radical Feminism, and the Fear of “Another Religion”

"I loved the Church for Christ made visible. Not for itself, because it was so often a scandal to me." - Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker For years now there's been a quiet effort to rein in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Catholic Church's largest association of American women's religious orders. Back in 2008 it was announced that the Vatican was undertaking two large-scale investigations of American nuns who may "have opted for ways that take them outside" of Church teachings (meanwhile, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops instituted a ban on Reiki ). Many American nuns didn't take kindly to this display of authority, did not participate in the investigations, and in … [Read more...]


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