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June 12th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Is there a war on women in the Catholic Church? Sister Maureen Fiedler on Vatican's claim that U.S. nuns are 'radical feminists'

Catholic nuns are going straight to the top today to address these claims that they have strayed from church doctrine.

Members from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet with Vatican officials. A report from a church watchdog accuses the group, which represents about 80% of Catholic nuns, of radical feminism and says they are too silent on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. But the nuns say officials are focusing on what they don't do instead of good they do perform.

This morning on "Starting Point," Sister Maureen Fiedler, host of the public radio program "Interfaith Voices," says she doesn't understand the Vatican's charge that U.S. nuns are 'radical feminists' and says "at the institutional level women are not treated as equals in the church, and they need to be."

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  1. Maris

    Her point about the CULTURAL "foundation" underlying the differences is very important. Is the Vatican stuck in a "Monarchical" philosophy/theology rather than Vatican !!'s more collaborative, shared "authority"....i.e., "WE ARE THE CHURCH".?... The importance of the Church's Social Mission has always been a priority in the Ministries of the Church's religious Sisters . The criticism of the Nuns is like focusing on the "molehill" when there is a "mountain" of contributiions
    made by them in benefitting God's people.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Brett

    Sister Maureen Fiedler shows no humility. She is very arrogant and in no way reflects the character of Christ. It's not about you sister, it's about Jesus!

    June 13, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. gerald

    War on women? Really? What nonsense.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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