Cardinal Müller renews criticism of US women religious body

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The Vatican's guardian of orthodoxy, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, and the force behind Rome's investigation of the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious, has renewed his criticism of the representative body.

- Religion News Service/NCR Online

In an interview published on Monday, Cardinal Müller has downplayed the group's size and importance and argued that the Vatican is trying to help them recover their religious identity so they don't die out.

"Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don't want to gobble up a woman a day!" Cardinal Gerhard Müller told L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's semiofficial newspaper.

Cardinal Müller, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the newspaper that the sisters of the LCWR "do not represent all US nuns, but just a group of North American nuns who form part of an association."

He added: "We have received many letters of distress from other nuns belonging to the same congregations who are suffering a great deal because of the direction in which they [members of the LCWR] are steering their mission."

The LCWR is a leadership network of Catholic sisters that represents about 80 percent of the 50,000 women religious in the US. 

FULL STORY Vatican's doctrinal chief renews criticism of US nuns, says he's no misogynist (National Catholic Reporter)

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