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Archbishop Sartain, man appointed to oversee U.S. sisters, gives take on role

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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.”

Hundreds attend Wednesday prayer vigil in Cleveland

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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.

Maureen Fiedler talks LCWR on CBS

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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."

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