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Pope Francis to maintain hard line on American nuns

LCWR 'radically feminist' on birth control, gay marriage

15 April, 15:05
Pope Francis to maintain hard line on American nuns (ANSA) - Vatican City, April 15 - Pope Francis is continuing the Church's critical position on the majority of American nuns for deviating from official Catholic doctrine, the Vatican said Monday. Gerhard Mueller, prefect of Church orthodoxy watchdog Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met with directors from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents more than 80% of American nuns. In April last year the LCWR was chided in a Vatican report for allegedly promoting "radical feminist themes" and devoting too much time to social justice while remaining unacceptably quiet on the Church's opposition to birth control and same-sex marriage. On Monday, Mueller said he recently discussed the report with the pope, "who reaffirmed its conclusions and the reform plan for LCWR". The reforms, which included getting the group's statutes and by-laws in line with official Vatican doctrine, have been put off by LCWR leaders, who have cited a need to have a further ecclesial dialogue with the Holy See.