Bishop Leonard P. Blair, right, of Toledo, Ohio, processes with other bishops into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York before Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan's installation Mass in 2009. Photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

Pope Francis’ Conn. appointment draws criticism

TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) With little more than six months on the job, Francis has named nearly a dozen bishops in the U.S., and because bishops are charged with implementing a pope’s vision for the global church, many observers are looking to see who Francis names as bishops and cardinals.

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Nuns group: We are not leaving the church

WASHINGTON (RNS) A top leader in the group of Catholic nuns who are facing a crackdown from the Vatican says her members have no plans or desire to leave the church, or reconstitute their group beyond Vatican control. By Kevin Eckstrom.

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Nuns reject Vatican takeover but seek dialogue on differences

ST. LOUIS (RNS) American nuns facing a Vatican takeover of their leadership organization on Friday (Aug. 10) rejected Rome’s plans to recast the group in a more conservative mold but declined – for now – to respond with an ultimatum that could have created an unprecedented schism between the sisters and the hierarchy. By David Gibson.

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Do the American nuns have a future?

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Catholic sisters gathered at their annual assembly intensified discussions on Thursday (Aug. 9) aimed at thwarting a Vatican takeover of their group, but hanging over the meeting was an even larger, existential question: Do the nuns have a future? By David Gibson.