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A building Silver Spring Md. houses office for Leadership Conference Women Religious. A Vatican report accused nuns defying church doctrine.

A building in Silver Spring, Md., houses the office for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. A Vatican report accused nuns of defying church doctrine. | Jim Watson~AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: June 3, 2012 8:12AM

You have a lot to say about nuns!

My email box is filled with strong words about a recent column on the Vatican’s excoriation of American sisters for spending too much time worrying about the poor, the disabled and the disenfranchised. And for being, unlike the bishops, insufficiently obsessed with female reproduction.

While the vast majority of you were supportive of the sisters and furious with the bishops, there also were some who directed their fire at both the nuns and this columnist. Here’s a sample:

Carol Marin wrote on 4/22 that she thinks that nuns are being unfairly targeted by the Vatican. She brings in the behavior of priests and cardinals which has absolutely nothing to do with the nuns’ behavior that prompted the inquiry. This is a typical liberal trick to win sympathy, avoid the truth and not address the real problem.

D.N., Chicago

All I can say is thank you! We are not a perfect people but this situation is very extreme. Thank you for your support. I had tears in my eyes.

Peace and all God’s blessings!

Sister M.

The old boy network has really gone over the top. The pope and the Curia are in need of adult supervision. My aunt joined the Daughters of Charity and spent almost 50 years taking care of others. We are not amused by the Catholic hierarchy.

D.O., Evergreen Park

Now in my 70s, I spent a few years in a Catholic orphanage run by nuns. They were wonderful, hardworking, talented, dedicated and loving. . . . The American Catholic Church owes its existence . . . to the thousands of women who became nuns and ran elementary schools, high schools, universities, hospitals, orphanages.

For the Vatican to attack these women is shameless and malicious. The Church is doing to itself what no outside force could have done to the Church — driving away its believers.

A.K., Glenview

Until I was in my late 30s, I thought that when a priest, and especially a bishop, spoke, it was God’s voice coming from his mouth to my ears. That stopped when the bishops lobbied against the Equal Rights Amendment and used the National Council of Catholic Women to do this. The president of our chapter told the bishop that the women in her parish were educated and thought for themselves. She said she would not begin to tell them what to do on this matter.

J.H., Naperville

Frankly, the Leadership Conference (of Women Religious) champions abortion rights, female ordination and homosexual marriage — in direct opposition to church teaching — period! Further, the sisters fight for social justice, poverty and immigration, but ignore abortion, euthanasia and the Church’s many other teachings.


Shame on the nuns for caring about poverty, war, health care and homosexuality. . . . I’ve wondered where were the bishops and cardinals when we became embroiled in an immoral, illegal war in Iraq? Keep up the good work.


Thanks to all who wrote. And one final note: There will be a Celebration of Women Religious at 7 p.m. May 10 at Old St. Pat’s Church at 700 W. Adams.

Expect a big turnout.

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