My nun crush continues. On Friday the “Leadership Conference of Women Religious” rejected Vatican plans to rebuild the organization representing 56,000 U.S. nuns. The Vatican hoped to send a group of men to take over leadership of the women’s group recasting it in a manner more pleasing to the male leadership in Rome. In particular, the Vatican hoped to move the nun’s focus from human rights and new theological possibilities to a more orthodox focus on charity for the poor and criticising homosexuality and abortion.

The nuns have responded that they will not surrender leadership of their group to the men, but offered to continue dialogue. As I’ve said before, the hopes of the American Catholic church are in the tender hands of these very strong women.