(RNS) In a turnabout from recent years of tension with Rome, the Catholic sisters -- led by Sister Simone Campbell -- will go on the road to promote social justice themes that are also dear to the pontiff.
(RNS) After a monthlong media blackout, U.S. nuns are talking about the Vatican investigation that ended abruptly last month. Just don't call it a "win."
NEW YORK (RNS) Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died on Tuesday (April 28) after a tough battle with cancer.
(RNS) Starting in 2008, the Vatican wanted to make sure American nuns were toeing the line. That inquiry ended Thursday.
(RNS) The statement and final report seemed to represent a quiet and merciful end to what had been a noisy showdown between Rome and the nuns -- and one the Vatican never seemed likely to win.
(RNS) The more liberal, socially active communities of sisters are drawing about the same number of new entrants as the more conservative, tradition-minded communities: very few.
(RNS) It’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming tour of the “Nuns of the Bus” crew, which hits the road next week for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key Senate battleground states to campaign against the influence of outside money on politics.
(RNS) " ... We don’t want to gobble up a woman a day!” Cardinal Gerhard Mueller told L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, in the edition published on Monday (Sept. 1).
The Fordham theologian defends her work and the American nuns, and offers reasons for the clash between theologians -- and the sisters -- and the Vatican. Conflict does arise but it can become “a link in the chain of a new process.”
(RNS) A French Jesuit's ideas of "conscious evolution" may be at the heart of the showdown between American nuns and Vatican hard-liners.
(RNS) Representatives of most of the 50,000 sisters in the U.S. flatly rejected the charges by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller but said their conversation “was constructive in its frankness and lack of ambiguity.”
The LCWR's frank but hopeful statement about meetings with the Vatican's doctrinal chief: "This work is fraught with tension and misunderstanding."
A passage from the Vatican doctrinal czar's blast at the U.S. sisters seems lifted directly from a National Catholic Register story that made the same points the cardinal did this week.
(RNS) Cardinal Gerhard Mueller acknowledged that his talk was “blunt,” and his remarks were the toughest since the takeover was announced in 2012. “What I must say is too important to dress up in flowery language.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Weeks after authorizing a continued investigation of American nuns, Pope Francis told a group of nuns and priests from Latin America not to worry if they found themselves under similar scrutiny.