In New Report, Vatican Extends An Olive Branch To U.S. Nuns

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The Vatican released a much-anticipated report Tuesday, examining the lives and social work of American nuns.

The report on the 50,000 nuns and another on their leaders were both initiated under Pope Benedict in 2008. In 2012, the Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and said the leaders focused too much on social issues and promoted radical feminist themes.

But under Pope Francis, the Vatican has made a U-turn, praising the American sisters for their care of the poor and promising to value their feminine genius.

Here & Now's Robin Young spoke with Sister Simone Campbell, best known for leading her "Nuns on the Bus" activist road trips, about the new report.


  • Simone Campbell, nun and executive director NETWORK, a Roman Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, D.C. She tweets @sr_simone.

This segment aired on December 16, 2014.


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