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The largest US group of Catholic nuns has said a Vatican report finding they had undermined church doctrine was based on “unsubstantiated accusations”.
After a three-day meeting, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said the review was “a flawed process that lacked transparency”.
The Vatican investigation said the group had “serious doctrinal problems” and ordered a leadership overhaul.
The Leadership Conference has diverged from the Holy See on a range of issues.
The Vatican report concluded in April that the Leadership Conference had taken positions on issues ranging from homosexuality to the all-male priesthood that undermined Catholic teaching.
It proposed replacing the leadership of the group with three bishops that would have the authority to rewrite the organisation’s statutes, meeting agendas and liturgical texts.
“Board members concluded that the assessment was based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency,” a statement from the Leadership Conference said.
“Moreover, the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns raised and could compromise their ability to fulfil their mission.”
The nuns said the Vatican’s report has “caused scandal and pain throughout the church community and created greater polarization”.
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