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Rev. Joshua Liljenstolpe, right, holds a flower as hundreds of people gather on the steps of Saint James Cathedral in Seattle on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Hundreds of people came out to support Catholic nuns on the steps of Saint James Cathedral, the episcopal seat of Archbishop Peter J. Sartain, the Roman Catholic bishop tasked by the Vatican to oversee nuns in the U.S.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Several hundred people have marched in Seattle to show support for Catholic nuns who were recently rebuked by the Vatican for promoting "radical feminist themes."
The Seattle Times reports that marchers carried flowers and sang hymns on their walk from Capitol Hill to St. James Cathedral, the seat of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. A recent Vatican report labeled them dissenters who undermine Catholic teaching on the all-male priesthood, birth control and homosexuality.
The group held its national assembly last week in St. Louis and its board met on Saturday with Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain.
The Vatican has appointed Sartain to oversee an overhaul of the group.
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