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(RNS) Franciscan friars are throwing their support behind a group of American nuns, saying Vatican criticism of the women was "excessive" and is "polarizing" the Catholic Church. By Daniel Burke.

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  1. Old Roman Collar

    I must say, the Franciscan’s of long ago, were true followers of St. Francis, but for the last 40 years, now they have not had very few intering the orders. So why not back the NUNS? they have nothing to lose now,
    Its a real shame, the sisters/ Nuns were the back bone of the Roman Catholic School system, they really ruined it since 66. I really blane the sister/nuns for this, they dont want to teach, they want to wear sun dresses, want to priests, and they took a VOW. If they do not want to follow Roman Catholic teachings of the church, get out!!

    As one siste said to me, “we want to be like you and be among the people” I said, Sister, please, you took a VOW, I didnt, please go back a wear a habit. I have more respect for the “Habit wearing” sisters. Like policeman, nurses, and other profession’s who have to wear there uniform, I have more respect for them.
    I was asked my a Sister of St.JOseph to come up to HER apt? wow, how she get the moeny for that, and 4 nun’s were there in wind brakers drinking beer and other drinks, I was so ashamed, I left. All they want is to be FREE as one sister said to me, WOW, get out of the church, I would rather have a smaller good church than one evil one.

    as one Sister said, who left the church, “well, all those priests molested the boys” and I said, Sister, many sister’s did the same. my best friend was molested my a sister, yes, with sex. I spoke to one old nun, 93, and she still wore the habit. she said to me, “I really hope that our order closes, since we are not getting any vocations, it was our own sisters who ruined our order”. thats from a real nun.

  2. I would appreciate it if this article could be clearer. There are many Franciscan Orders. To which Orders do those seven provinces belong?

  3. Daniel Burke

    Shar, they belong to the Order of Friars Minor, which is in the article, but probably could have been made more clear.

  4. I am more than disappointed in my brother Franciscans, I am angry. As a fellow Franciscan (Capuchin Franciscan) I believe that we should show obedience and respect to the authority of the Church as St. Francis commanded us.

    Rather than ‘overlooking’ the serious problems and the scandal caused by the LCWR, a better service to the people of God (on the part of the friars) might have been seek a renewal of their own efforts to articulate the ideals of St Francis and fidelity to the Church and our Holy Father. Instead they have added scandal on top of scandal. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    Fr. Brendan P. Buckley, OFM Cap.

  5. This does not surprise me. There are probably 30,000 Protestant denominations. These nuns are only Catholic in name. The priests defending them are only Catholic in name. The confusion started when the post Vatican II kumbaya, mumbo jumbo emphasized that WE are the church. The misinterpretation was that “WE” did not mean us and our personal beliefs. The Church has had a clear picture on what is right and wrong for 2012 years. So, Sista Isa Protestant and the Franciscan priests backing this heresy are too. Why don’t they just go out and start Protestant denomination number 30,001? Please quit sponging off of the Catholic church.

  6. Reading these comments reminds me that change can be uncomfortable. Fortunately for these nuns the Inquisition is a thing of the past and the Sun doesn’t revolve around the Earth.

  7. How sad and pathetic that people who call themselves Catholics and our Brothers in Christ have forgotten, or never learned, the long history of open discussion and debate in the Catholic Church. The nuns are a “scandal” because they focus on Christ’s message of love, and Christ’s injunction to care for the sick, the needy, the young, the afraid–rather than on the current obsessions with fringe issues Christ never spoke about.

    The nuns are, we are told, a “scandal,” but a worldwide problem with bishops protecting pedophile priests and moving them around without warning their new superiors and parishioners so that they are free to prey again on more children–that’s not a scandal. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is a disgrace, but but Bernard Cardinal Law holds a place of honor and respect in the Vatican–in the Vatican, of course, because of the risk that if he remained here in the US, someone would find a way to prosecute him for child endangerment, conspiracy, and aiding & abetting.

    The Vatican needs a major house-cleaning, but the people with the power are the people who need to be cleaned out.

  8. John A. Lutz, Maysville, WV

    I agree 100% with the actions of the Sisters, disagreeing with the Vatican & Pope. Catholic Nuns in all the orders, have been put down by the Vatican since as long as I can remember, which dates back into the 1950s.
    I am a lifelong Traditional Catholic, who enjoys listening to the Traditional Latin Catholic Mass on a 4-record 78RPM record and only use Catholic Mass Books given or bought by me in the 1950s. It amazes me, why a need exists to rewrite the words and change the Bible so many times in the last 10 years by the Pope and his goons. Let’s go back to the old traditional Latin Mass and say “the Hell” with all this modern crap..