The Catholic Church has finally elected its first pope from the Americas. But could you ever imagine a female pope? Or even women members in the conclave that chooses the pope?
Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of Network, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, talks about being a progressive voice in the Catholic community, this summer’s nine-state Nuns on the Bus tour, and what the Vatican’s recent rebuke of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious means for the mission of nuns in this country.
The largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States has been reprimanded by the Vatican for promoting“radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” Sister Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK, a national catholic social justice lobby cited in the Vatican document for wrongdoing. She describes her shock at Rome's claims and defends her lobby's work.