Nuns shocked by Vatican criticism over gay marriage

American nuns respond to Catholic church's accusation that they have not focused on gay rights

Nuns shocked by Vatican criticism over gay marriage
23 April 2012

An American Catholic nuns group have responded to Vatican criticism that they have not devoted enough time to speaking out against gay marriage.

The nuns were reprimanded for not making the ‘Biblical view of family life and human sexuality’ more prominent in their agenda, reports Reuters.

The Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of spending too much time focusing on poverty and social justice concerns.

A scathing ‘doctrinal assessment’ on Wednesday also slammed the group for being silent on abortion.

It accused the nuns of expressing political opinions that differed from those held by ‘the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.’

On their website, the group said: ‘The presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was stunned by the conclusions of the doctrinal assessment.’

Scott Appleby, an academic who studies the church added: 'This is more an expression of the Church feeling under siege by trends it cannot control within the Church, much less within the broader society.’

The Vatican statement has been seen as further evidence of Pope Benedict’s conservative views and attempts to curtail internal dissent within the church.

This includes repeated calls for the ordaination of women priests, which the Pope has again said will not be permitted.

The Conference of Women Religious is highly influential both in the United States and globally and represents 80% of America’s 57,000 Catholic nuns.
 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Trans firefighter dreams of becoming Rank 'Gongman'

A firefighter in Hampshire, England, has entered competition to become new face of iconic former movie producer Rank
No thumbnail available

Lily Tomlin hopes her opinion about Beyonce's sexy dancing won't come back to hurt her

Comedy legend jokes: 'They’ll send Solange after me. I’ll be in the elevator and they’ll beat the hell out of me'
No thumbnail available

KGB pressures GayBelarus teen activist

Belarus secret police quiz 18-year-old in Hronda as state turns spotlight on gay group
No thumbnail available

London 2012 Olympics: an LGBT legacy?

How a geeky gay boy became a sports hero and is now spearheading the bid to provide an LGBT legacy from the London 2012 Olympics
No thumbnail available

Jessica Simpson's dad slams 'ridiculous' gay rumors

Joe Simpson denies that he is in a relationship with a male model
No thumbnail available

US Supreme Court still mum on whether it will hear gay marriage cases this term

Justices met privately Friday to discuss cases including marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
No thumbnail available

Trans gamer left 'completely dehumanised' following Microsoft Xbox event

Presenter at event for the upcoming Xbox One console made jokes about gamer's gender identity
No thumbnail available

Gay basketball player Jason Collins signs with a NBA team

Collins played for the Brooklyn Nets, when the team was in New Jersey, for seven years
No thumbnail available

Chief campaign strategist: Obama was already fully evolved on gay marriage before 2008 election

David Axelrod writes in memoir: 'He grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me'
No thumbnail available

Help choose Eurovision's next top model

The search is on to find Eurovision's Next Top Model and Eurovision's Next Top Male Model at wiwibloggs.com