American nuns -- described as dissenters with "serious doctrinal problems" in a recent Vatican report that ordered an overhaul of their group -- said today (August 10, 2012) they will talk with church leaders about potential changes, but will not compromise on the sisters' mission, the Cybercast News website reports.
Sister Pat Farrell -- president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) -- called the Vatican assessment of the organization a "misrepresentation." But she said the more than 900 women who attended the group's national assembly in St. Louis, Missouri this week decided that they would for now stay open to discussion with three bishops the Vatican appointed to oversee them.
"The officers will proceed with these discussions as long as possible, but will reconsider if LCWR is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission," Farrell said at a news conference. She declined to discuss specifics.
LCWR represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 Roman Catholic nuns in the United States.