"Ten years after a scandal forced the nation’s Catholic bishops to adopt policies for combating sexual abuse, the prelates heard a generally positive assessment of their progress."
"Bishops are meeting as the Catholic Church in the United States has been roiled by the Vatican’s censure of the nation’s largest organization of American nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and a theologian, Sister Margaret A. Farley, who wrote a book about human sexuality.
Members of a coalition called Nun Justice protested Wednesday outside the hotel where the bishops are meeting. They delivered petitions asking the bishops to end the crackdown on the nuns’ group. The petition had 57,818 signatures, about one for every American nun.
A nun on the staff of the bishops’ conference was dispatched to accept the petitions. The nun, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations, said the dispute would have to be resolved between the Vatican and the nuns. She said, 'We hope that they can handle it in a P.C. way, and that means ‘prayerfully collaborative.’ '"