After weeks of anticipation, the leaders of American’s largest umbrella group of nuns met Tuesday with the Vatican to address charges the nuns had gone rogue.At the Vatican, Sisters Pat Farrell and Janet Mock, president and executive director respectively of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, sat down with Cardinal William Levada, head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – the church’s doctrinal watchdog group, and Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle,Ugg harvin who is charged with bringing the nuns back in line with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican.
The sisters and church officials met to discuss a doctrinal assessment finding the influential group of American nuns had strayed too far from the church’s teachings.In a statement afterward, the nuns said, « The meeting had been requested by the LCWR to address what the conference considered deficiencies in the process and the results of the doctrinal assessment of the organization released by the CDF in April. »“It was an open meeting and we were able to directly express our concerns to Cardinal Levada and Archbishop Sartain,” Farrell said in a statement from the nuns’ group.In a statement, the Vatican said, « The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal assessment in an atmosphere of openness and cordiality. »The Vatican reiterated that under canon law,Ugg harvin which dictates how the church operates, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious « remains under the supreme direction of the Holy See in order to promote common efforts among the individual member institutes and cooperation with the Holy See and the local Conference of Bishops. »
Cardinal William Levada, head of the Catholic Church’s doctrinal watchdog group, Ugg harvin had called the face-to-face meeting critical »The purpose of the doctrinal assessment is to assist the LCWR in this important mission by promoting a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the guidance of the Magisterium, » the statement continued.The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is a group of 1,500 nuns who lead more than 300 religious orders. Together, its members represent 80% of the 57,000 nuns across the United States.