The Vatican is investigating Fr. Michael Amaladoss for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the church in a new direction.
LCWR "was saddened to learn that impressions of the organization ... have led to judgments and ultimately to the doctrinal assessment," the organization's statement says.
The following is a timeline of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
2008: The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life had ordered a separate investigation, known as an apostolic visitation, of U.S. orders of women religious. The results of that study were submitted to Rome at the end of 2011.
Global Sisters Report: Cardinal Gerhard Müller's concern about LCWR offers an opportunity to discuss conscious evolution and the mutual engagement of science and religion.
Analysis: In the 1980s, then-Pope John Paul II said discoveries in the natural sciences needed to be imaginatively confronted. Twenty-five years later, LCWR is striving to do just that.
When I read the latest statement of Cardinal Gerhard Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in regard to LCWR, I was stunned, angry, disappointed and perplexed all at the same time. My first thought: Has he heard that we now have a pope named Francis? His statement seems so out-of-step with the spirit and outlook of Pope Francis. But I do keep wondering when Pope Francis will step up and put a stop to this narrow and divisive behavior.
Cardinal Walter Kasper said fresh Vatican criticism of American nuns was typical of the "narrower" view that officials of the Roman Curia tend to take.
Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, the LCWR overseer, said the April 30 meeting with Cardinal Gerhard Müller was "frank and open" and "a very helpful meeting."
Cardinal Gerhard Müller accused the leaders of LCWR of not abiding by a reform agenda the Vatican imposed on their leadership organization following a doctrinal assessment of the group.
For decades, many liberation theologians globally have lived with a looming possibility: A letter could arrive from the Vatican contesting their work.