Based in Maryland, The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is the largest organization of Catholic nuns in the US offering a wide range of services, from leadership training for women's religious orders to advocacy on social justice issues, representing about 57,000 nuns.
But its activities ‘worried’ the Roman Catholic hierarchy that, just recently, Vatican ordered a crackdown on its American members saying The Leadership Conference was undermining the Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality and was promoting "feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."
A Vatican report into the group also suggested they "collectively take a position not in agreement with the church's teaching on human sexuality,” issued statements that "disagree with or challenge positions taken by the bishops", who are the church's "authentic teachers of faith and morals," and also disagreed with the bishops’ analysis of the law and supported President Barack Obama’s ‘health care overhaul’ despite the bishops’ objections that the bill would provide government funding for abortion.
A Vatican investigation found the nuns were silent on the issue of ‘right to life from conception to natural death,’ a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States.
As a result, the Vatican would conduct a continuous review examining the Leadership’s tie with the Catholic social justice lobby, the Network, taking into considerations the stance taken by the 'radical' nuns on several social issues.