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Pope Francis reaffirms Vatican censure of “radical feminist” nuns

The Vatican announced this week that bus-riding, foot-washing Pope Francis supports his predecessor's crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an umbrella organization that represents 80 percent of nuns in the United States.

Like Pope Emeritus Benedict, Francis believes that the nuns focus too much on serving their communities around issues of health care and economic justice and too little on gay people and abortion. In a report issued by the Vatican under Benedict's leadership, the Holy See accused the group of undermining "issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church’s Biblical view of family life and human sexuality" and promoting a "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."

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