US priests write to Pope over Muller’s LCWR criticism

The Association of US Catholic Priests has written to Pope Francis protesting comments by the Vatican’s doctrine chief against some American nuns.

On April 30, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Gerhard Muller made blunt criticisms of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Among his charges were that the LCWR was promoting ideas that were against Christian revelation.

The priests’ association, which has 1000 members, said the cardinal’s remarks were released by the congregation without reference to subsequent discussions.

The episode publicly shamed the women religious in a way that many could see as hierarchical and clerical bullying, the letter stated.

The priests called for an approach characterised by dialogue, following Pope Francis’s example.

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