Suburban Catholics Join in Debate After Vatican Rebuke of Nuns
And now, as American nuns have been rebuked by the Vatican for liberal social practices like spending too much time on human rights over advancing the church’s teachings, some suburban Catholics are joining in the debate over what nuns’ priorities should be.
St. Raymond, where the Monacos have attended for the past 30 years, is holding a prayer service for religious women at 7 p.m. Tuesday — one of a number of churches around the country planning services and vigils as the leadership organization representing the majority of nuns begins to decide how it should respond to the rebuke.
“They’ve dedicated their lives and now, as many of them are coming to the end of their careers, they’re being chastised and demeaned, I think, for their life’s work,” John Monaco said. “Some of the hierarchy might not love the nuns. But these are our people.”