The U.S. nuns crackdown by the Vatican is continuing under Pope Francis and some people are wondering what they could have done.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, several fake nuns’ cocaine smuggling plot involved ferrying more than $35,000 in illegal drugs.
As it turns out, the U.S. nuns crackdown has been occurring for at least several years now. In 2009, the official Apostolic Visitation by the Vatican investigated the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group of women’s religious orders in the United States which represents 80 percent of U.S. nuns, for not following normal Catholic procedures on issues such as the primacy of the Vatican. The U.S. nuns have also been criticized for not wearing the traditional garments and for taking jobs as teachers, lawyers, and social workers.
Pope Benedict XVI ordered the U.S nuns crackdown in 2012 and the investigation concluded the U.S. nuns’ group had taken positions that undermined Roman Catholic teaching on male-only priests and homosexuality, while promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” While the report also praised their humanitarian work, it accused the nuns of focusing too much on social justice and ignoring hot-button political items like abortion.
Now, the latest actions of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has prompted another wave of the U.S. nuns crackdown. Bishops in the United States have largely condemned author Sister Elizabeth Johnson for writing a book called “Quest For The Living God,” which they say is filled with doctrinal errors. This has Cardinal Gerhard Mueller reprimanding the nuns’ group for supporting the author:
“The LCWR, as a canonical entity dependent on the Holy See, has a profound obligation to the promotion of that faith as the essential foundation of religious life. We are looking for a clearer expression of that ecclesial vision and more substantive signs of collaboration…. The issues raised in the assessment are so central and so foundational, there is no other way of discussing them except as constituting a movement away from the ecclesial center of faith in Christ Jesus the Lord.”
But the nuns themselves feel that the Vatican views them as a workforce while the nuns just want to live normal lives in addition to serving the Catholic church. They believe the U.S. nuns crackdown is treating them like “uninvited guests” and that the Vatican has a different “visions of our lives.”