Detroit — Nuns from Michigan and throughout the nation are assembling in St. Louis this week to prepare their response to a Vatican crackdown that criticized their loyalty and accused them of "radical feminism."
This spring, the Vatican ordered a review of the umbrella group of the nation's 55,000 nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, claiming the sisters had gone rogue, focusing on social justice issues and neglecting church teachings on subjects including contraception, abortion and homosexuality.
Michigan's nuns have a rich history of the type of social activism that some say is under attack by the Vatican.
The state is home to about 2,100 nuns, about half at Archdiocese of Detroit parishes. The largest women's religious group is Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe with 375.
From soup kitchens to literacy centers, their mission is to help the area's poor and unfortunate. They also have been on the front lines of protests against nuclear weapons and the war in Iraq. [and Fermi!]
The nuns won support from female members of the U.S. Senate in July with a resolution calling them "trailblazers" because they "teach our children, care for the sick, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, lead major institutions, demand corporate policy and fight for policies that promote human dignity."
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, signed to "show appreciation for nuns' charitable work in our communities" said Cullen Schwarz, a spokesman for the senator.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120806/LIFESTYLE04/208060337This one's for you, Prof!