Activist U.S. nuns make concessions after Vatican investigation

Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:42am EDT
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By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A six-year row between activist American nuns and Vatican officials who had branded them radical feminists ended on Thursday with the nuns conceding to demands that they keep within the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church.

The clash with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group representing 80 percent of U.S. nuns, became a national issue in America, with many supporters accusing the Vatican of bullying them.

The Vatican investigated the group for three years and then in 2012 issued a stinging report saying the LCWR had "serious doctrinal problems" and promoted "radical feminist themes incompatible with the (Roman) Catholic faith".

The Vatican criticized the group for taking a soft line on issues such as birth control and homosexual activity.

Many nuns said the Vatican's report misunderstood their intentions and undervalued their work for social justice.

LCWR was put under Vatican oversight, which ended on Thursday with a joint final report.

While the final statement was at times conciliatory, speaking of "mutually beneficial" and "fruitful" conversations between the two sides, it included clear concessions.

It said LCWR's publications should "address spiritual matters rather than engage in formal theological inquiry" and be based on "sound doctrinal foundations".   Continued...