Vatican to investigate nuns' doctrinal fidelity

Ecumenism, homosexuality, all-male priesthood
The Vatican plans to investigate leaders of women’s religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching on controversial questions having to do with ecumenism, homosexuality and the all-male priesthood.

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, informed officials at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of the investigation in a letter on February 20, LCWR officials said.

The LCWR, a Maryland-based um brella group that claims some 1,500 leaders from U.S. women’s communities, represents about 95 percent of the 68,000 women religious in the U.S. LCWR officers wrote to members April 2 telling them of the investigation.


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