In 2008, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith began an investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (or LCWR), the largest association in the United States of leaders of Catholic nuns and sisters in religious communities. During its study of the LCWR, the Vatican office analyzed how Catholic doctrine was being addressed within the organization. This past April, the results of the investigation were revealed.
- What’s your understanding of the Vatican’s demand for reform of the LCWR?
- What do you think about the Vatican’s criticisms of American nuns?
- How have nuns impacted your life — either spiritual or personal?