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Sun Aug 17, 2014, 07:55 PM

 

Sister Elizabeth Johnson Blasts Catholic Bishops For 'Unconscionable' Investigation Of American Nuns



Religion News Service | By Heidi Hall
Posted: 08/17/2014 8:17 am EDT
Updated: 08/17/2014 8:59 am EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A nun who drew U.S. Catholic bishops’ ire with what they consider radical feminist writings fired back Friday (Aug. 15), saying their investigation of women’s orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up.

Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ top award and then lambasted bishops for criticism of her book “Quest for the Living God,” saying it appears they’ve never read it.

“To this day, no one, not myself or the theological community, the media or the general public knows what doctrinal issue is at stake,” she told the Nashville assembly of about about 900 sisters representing 80 percent of the nation’s nuns.

In her 20-minute acceptance speech, followed by a standing ovation, Johnson suggested the conference’s support of her work prompted the investigation by the church’s top enforcer of orthodoxy, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/17/sister-elizabeth-johnson_n_5685503.html

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