Kramer Nuns on the run from the truth Why won't the leadership of America's nuns meet with the survivors of sexual abuse by nuns, and hear their stories? Frances Kissling August 17, 2: The main topic on the agenda was the Vatican's current investigation of the doctrinal deviations they believe may be rampant among the sisters who were freed of strict control in dress and living arrangements following the Second Vatican Council in the early s. Nuns, it seems, are no longer as obedient as the Vatican would like. One sister I know is a clinic escort at her local reproductive health clinic; others are active in gay and lesbian ministries and one, close to 90, has been a leader in the movement for sex worker rights. We -- feminists and progressive Catholics -- love them.
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University of North Carolina Press, , pp. And there is the desire to add a prochoice Catholic feminist voice to the efforts to keep abortion legal, to challenge Catholic hospitals that refuse to provide emergency contraception, and to persuade Catholic social service agencies to facilitate adoptions by gay and lesbian couples. Many Catholic nuns made headlines during the s because they publicly challenged Vatican orthodoxy on gender and religion: Jeannine Gramick, who disobeyed a Vatican order that she cease working and speaking on issues related to homosexuality; and Sr. Non-Catholic feminists wonder how their Catholic sisters can remain in a church that is so steeped in sexism and patriarchy and does so much that harms women. Why do they lend their credibility to such an institution?