US Nuns Under Vatican Rebuke Will Continue Talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- American nuns described as dissenters in a Vatican report that ordered an overhaul of their group say they'll talk with church leaders about potential changes but won't compromise on the sisters' mission.

Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, called the Vatican assessment of the organization a "misrepresentation." But she said the more than 900 women who attended the group's national assembly last week decided they would for now stay open to discussion with three bishops the Vatican appointed to oversee them.

The organization represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S.

The St. Louis meeting was the group's first national gathering since a Vatican review concluded the nuns had promoted "radical feminist themes" that undermine Catholic teaching.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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