The tiny town of Suchitoto, El Salvador, is made up of 82 rural communities and an urban center, a cobblestoned town filled with colonial architecture.
On Sunday, more than 500 people marched to Seattle's St. James Cathedral in support of Catholic nuns, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, in an event organized by grassroots movement I Stand with the Sisters.
Take a look at some photos I Stand with the Sisters sent NCR:
"St. Mary of Magdala would have been proud. And I think Jesus is proud," said Sr. Christine Schenk, executive director of FutureChurch, before the organization's 16th annual St. Mary of Magdala celebration Thursday in Cleveland. "The women's movement in the church is alive."
The archbishop appointed by the Vatican to have unprecedented authority over the organization representing the broad majority of U.S. women religious has spoken for the first time on his new role, saying he “gladly” accepted the appointment and sees it as an “opportunity to seek reconciliation.”
Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain, who was announced in April as “archbishop delegate” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), speaks for the first time in an article published today by America magazine.
Publishing of Sartain’s remarks comes the same day LCWR issued their first official statement regarding the Vatican move, saying it comes from a flawed process and has caused "scandal and pain throughout the church."
In his lengthy piece, written by the archbishop himself, Sartain frames the Vatican rebuke of U.S. women religious as one of a series of “inevitable conflicts and misunderstandings between religious congregations and their bishops.”
About 650 people came to a prayer vigil to support Catholic sisters held Wednesday (May 30) at a Cleveland, Ohio, parish, Christine Schenk, of Catholic organization FutureChurch, tells The Cleveland Plain Dealer in this report.
"Nuns are precious to the Catholic faithful. ... They have brought zeal and creativity to the ministry," one of the attendees, the Rev. Mark Hobson, told the newspaper. "This can be threatening to people who feel things should always remain the same in the church."
Watch a report about the vigil here.
Loretto Sr. Maureen Fiedler, an NCR blogger and contributor, appeared on CBS This Morning today, the network's morning show, talking about the Vatican's criticism of the umbrella group representing the majority of U.S. women religious.
Talking with Charlie Rose and Gayle King, Fiedler gave her take on the Vatican move, saying "this is about a lot more than the Vatican versus the nuns."
In about 50 cities across the country, supporters of Catholic sisters gathered Tuesday (May 29) with candles, signs and words of gratitude for nuns during the final prayer vigil planned in May to support the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The vigils were organized by local Catholic groups, as part of a grassroots effort led by The Nun Justice Project.
See photos here.
And here's more from supporters:
Organizers of a rally to support Catholic nuns say between 200 and 250 people gathered near the Vatican Embassy Tuesday, where they heard speeches and stories of inspiration, according to this report on the "Solidarity with Sisters" website. Two from the group then met with the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.
Who would believe it? When a group of protestors supporting the Leadership Conference of Women Religious showed up at the Vatican Embassy on Tuesday, the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, welcomed some of the group into the embassy. Two people were actually invited to sit down and chat with him.
A reader emailed NCR the following article from the parish bulletin of the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. We're posting it with the permission of the author, Fr. Doug Koesel:
What the Nuns’ Story is Really About
Many of you have asked me to comment on the recent investigation into the US nuns. Here goes. In short, the Vatican has asked for an investigation into the life of religious women in the United States. There is a concern about orthodoxy, feminism and pastoral practice. The problem with the Vatican approach is that it places the nuns squarely on the side of Jesus and the Vatican on the side of tired old men, making a last gasp to save a crumbling kingdom lost long ago for a variety of reasons.
One might say that this investigation is the direct result of the John Paul II papacy. He was suspicious of the power given to the laity after the Second Vatican Council. He disliked the American Catholic Church. Throughout his papacy he strove to wrest collegial power from episcopal conferences and return it to Rome.